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Summer Institute in Spirituality and the Arts

Join us for workshops that explore the intersections of art and religion, inspiring spiritual growth and reflection that leave you refreshed for your work in the world.

  • Experience personal growth and spiritual reflection through the arts
  • Learn how to integrate the arts in congregational life
  • Excellent sabbatical or study opportunity (CEUs available)

NEW THIS YEAR - 50% OFF THE SECOND REGISTRATION IF YOU REGISTER
A FRIEND AT THE SAME TIME YOU REGISTER YOURSELF!

   


 

SUMMER INSTITUTE IN SPIRITUALITY AND THE ARTS
TUESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY
JUNE 10-13, 2014

Daily Schedule*
Details
Cost/CEUs/Credit
Registration
Lodging
For More Information

*We offer a full-day option (attend in the morning and the afternoon every day) or a half-day option (attend only in the morning or only in the afternoon every day). You must be available to attend all four days.



Daily Schedule
     
9:00-9:15
  Opening Prayer
     
9:30-12:00
  Morning Workshop Options (you will select one theme for the week)
  1) Moving with Spirit
or 
  2) How Can We Sing a New Song?
   
12:15-1:05
  Lunchpurchase in the Context Café or bring your own
     
1:15-3:45
  Afternoon Workshop Options (you will select one theme for the week)
  3) Building Community: Using Theatre to Bridge, Breathe and BE
or 
 

4) Visual Proclamation: Telling Sacred Stories


Details

Morning Workshop Options

1) Moving with Spirit

Explore how movement can enrich your leadership and strengthen your community. Following the Spirit’s movement is a dance, and each breath, each step, each movement we make can be a prayer. This workshop engages your whole body in exploring the congruities between creative practice and spiritual practice, drawing upon traditions of community dance and creative movement to guide us in fully embodying our faith. Movement activities embrace all abilities, seated or standing.

Emily Jarrett Hughes is a dancer and teaching artist, and is the director of Wisdom Dances. She is also artistic director of Living Wisdom Community Practice and performs with Ethnic Dance Theatre. Emily uses dance to awaken the creativity of people of all ages and abilities.

2) How Can We Sing a New Song?

Worship planners and church music leaders often look for ways to deepen their knowledge, skill and musical repertoire as they seek to plan transformative worship experiences. This experiential workshop provides resources and guidance for developing a worship life that includes theological integrity, diverse musical styles and strong congregational singing. Participants will learn to inspire their congregation’s musical worship life by: 1) employing techniques for strengthening congregational singing 2) finding, using and leading music from the global church 3) creatively using short sung responses and “paperless singing” 4) singing songs and creating liturgies of justice, peace and inclusion.

Tom Witt is the music coordinator at United and part of the acclaimed musical ensemble and teaching group Bread for the Journey. Tom has worked for years both in creating and enlivening worship and participating in ensemble work, and as a teacher. He is gifted at sharing music that speaks to important issues of justice and peace and has led numerous workshops for ecumenical conferences and national church gatherings.

Afternoon Workshop Options

3) Building Community: Using Theatre to Bridge, Breathe and BE

In this experiential workshop, participants learn about community building and engagement through the arts. Working with practices drawing on Theatre of the Oppressed, participants will engage in the experience of developing community through basic artistic practices such as storytelling, performance and critical thinking, while focusing on issues of justice. The experience and skill set participants leave with are helpful for engaging youth, developing new practices for teaching and leadership building or for personal renewal.

Nicole M. Smith is a community-based artist who explores the integration of leadership, the arts, social change and justice in community. She excels at creating respectful communities in which people can talk, listen, hear, dance, move, write, learn and be all, a space modeled around shared sacredness and respect. Nicole specializes in Theatre of the Oppressed, working with topics such as race, gentrification, the criminal justice system, heterosexism and more.

4) Visual Proclamation: Telling Sacred Stories

In this workshop participants have the opportunity to work with a teaching artist who is part of the Heart of the Beast Theatre and has a background in youth ministry. Using simple techniques to create basic puppets, participants will have the chance to think about how to use this practice in their ministry setting. Created works might convey a moment in worship, an act of outreach or something related to education. No experience is necessary.

Lynette La Rue is ceremony stage manager for the MayDay Parade & Festival at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre in Minneapolis, where she is also a rostered teaching artist and the outreach and touring manager. She has studied commercial art, theatre, and improv, and worked as an artist, actor, puppeteer, writer and director with numerous companies and colleges nationwide.


Cost/CEUs/Credit

Full-day Registration

Regular
  $225*
Early
  $175* (on or before May 31)
Student
  $75 (seminary student rate)
Friend
  $112.50
Friend
  $87.50 (on or before May 31)

Half-day Registration

Regular
  $150*
Early
  $125* (on or before May 31)
Student
  $50 (seminary student rate)
Friend
  $75
Friend
  $62.50 (on or before May 31)

  *Register a friend when you register, and get the 2nd registration 1/2 off!
· Participants can receive CEUs.
· Partial refunds are available for cancellations.

Registration

Online Registration: Go to online registration (PayPal, check, credit card or at the door)

Mail-in Registration: Download a printable registration form (Check or credit card)

Register by Phone: Call Renee Flesner at 651.255.6138. (Check, credit card or at the door)


Lodging

Subject to availability, United may offer limited on-campus housing. There are also many hotels nearby. Lodging at United or nearby hotels.


For more information

To learn more about United’s Program in Arts, Faith & Culture or the Summer Institute in Spirituality and the Arts, contact Cindi Beth Johnson, 651.255.6137. For information about the master's program in theology and the arts, contact Sara Smalley, 651.255.6119.

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