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The Convergent Conference: Worship in a Fragmented Age

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Upper Gwinn Commons, Seattle Pacific University

3307 3rd Avenue West

Seattle, WA 98119

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The Convergent Conference: Worship in a Fragmented Age

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In an age of wall building and tribalism of all sorts we believe the church is called to model an alternative way of life. As Christians we have “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”—the foundation of our corporate gatherings. Yet Christian worship, too often, mirrors the divisions of the broader culture. How can worship gatherings reflect the diversity of Revelation 7 while not falling prey to cultural consumerism or appropriation? How might the creative arts help our congregations cultivate new ways forward in a fragmented age?

Join us for the Convergent Conference on June 15th, where we will explore these questions through prayer, song, creative arts, and conversation. This day-long conference will feature pastors, scholars, and practitioners who share a deep love for the Triune God and the full diversity of the church at worship.

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Seattle Pacific University (Upper Gwinn Commons)

9am-4:30pm

Featuring:

Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley

Priscilla Ozodo

Dr. Stephen Newby

Shannon Sigler

Rev. Dr. Matthew Sigler

(Biographies below)

Schedule:

9:00-9:30: Registration

9:30-11:00: Worship with Dr. Stephen Newby, Priscilla Ozodo, and Dr. Esau McCaulley

11:00-11:15: Break and Refreshments

11:15-12:00: Table Conversations

12:00-12:45: Lunch

1:00-2:00: First Breakout Session

2:00-2:15: Break and Refreshments

2:20-3:20: Second Breakout Session

3:30-4:30: Closing Worship

Biographies:

Rev. Dr. Esau McCaulley

Assistant Professor of New Testament at Wheaton College

Esau McCaulley has served in many professional and cultural contexts throughout his ministerial career and theological study. These experiences included being pastor at All Souls Episcopal/Anglican Church in Okinawa, Japan, assistant to the pastor, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, VA, and assisting priest at All Saints Episcopal Church in St. Andrews, Scotland.

He completed his Ph.D. in New Testament at the University of St Andrews where he studied under the direction of N.T. Wright. His research and writing focuses on Pauline theology and the intersection of race, Christian identity, and the pursuit of social justice.

Priscilla Ozodo

Minister of Worship and Production at Seattle Pacific University

Priscilla was born and grew up in northern Nigeria but most recently comes from Boston, Massachusetts. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Music and Communications from Houghton College and a Master’s degree in Transformational Leadership from Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York. While in Rochester, Priscilla served as Worship Leader at Calvary Community Church of the Nazarene before proceeding to work as Residence Hall Director at Eastern Nazarene College.

As a recording artist, Priscilla released her debut music album in 2011 and is currently working on her second recording project.

Dr. Stephen Michael Newby

Stephen Michael Newby is a composer, conductor, gospel/jazz vocalist, pianist, and professor of music at Seattle Pacific University. He received a Master of Music in Jazz Composition and Arranging from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and returned to Michigan to complete his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition at the University of Michigan. In addition to directing the Center for Worship, Newby serves as director for the SPU Gospel Choir. He has served as a worship pastor for more than 25 years in various contexts.

Shannon Sigler

Shannon Sigler is a visual artist and theologian; and the executive director of Brehm Cascadia. She has a passion for pastoring artists and building bridges between art and church communities. Her art and research center around a Wesleyan paradigm for the visual arts, and she has published with Christians in the Visual Arts' SEEN Journal, Christ & Cascadia Journal, and Imaginatio et Ratio: A Journal of Theology and the Arts. Shannon studied at Asbury Theological Seminary and Boston University. Shannon lives in Seattle with her husband, Matt, and son, Elijah.

Rev. Dr. Matthew Sigler

Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Studies at Seattle Pacific University

Holds a PhD in liturgical studies from Boston University, where his work focused on Methodist identity and liturgical praxis. Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Sigler served for 12 years as a music minister in the church and has produced multiple arrangements of retuned hymns. He has written several articles on contemporary worship and is especially interested in how the faith practices of communities of the past can serve as resources for renewal in the church today.

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