Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Mount Olive plans conference on the theology of the liturgy

Mount Olive Lutheran Church (ELCA), 3045 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis, will present its annual conference on liturgy the second weekend in January 2012. It will focus upon theological topics put to use in parishes where members value the historic yet contextualized liturgy of the people.

The conference begins on Friday evening, January 13, at 7:30 p.m. with a hymn festival, “Liturgy Shapes.” Leadership will be provided by Mount Olive Cantor David Cherwien, The National Lutheran Choir, and author and poet, Susan Palo Cherwien.

On Saturday, January 14, keynote speaker Gordon Lathrop will offer two plenary addresses, “Liturgy Shapes Believing,” and “Liturgy Shapes the Sending.” Lathrop is Charles A. Schieren Professor of Liturgy, Emeritus, at Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

Minnesota Sate Sen. John Marty will lead a workshop on how liturgy influences public life.

Participants will choose from three workshops which will explore these topics further. Minnesota State Sen. John Marty will lead a workshop on how liturgy influences our public lives. Susan Palo Cherwien will offer a session on worship and language. The Rev. Joseph Crippen, pastor of Mount Olive, will offer a presentation on children and liturgy.

Registration for the Saturday event begins at 8:30 a.m. The day will open with Morning Prayer at 9:00 a.m. and close with Evening Prayer at 4:00 p.m.

Registration for the conference: one person per parish/congregation is $65.00; each additional person per parish in the same registration is $40.00. Paid pre-registration deadline is December 16, 2011. Registration after December 16 will be $75 and $55, respectively. Registration at the door is available for $75 per person. For more information, contact Mount Olive Lutheran Church at 612/827-5919 or http://mount olivechurch.org/learning_liturgyconfer ence.html#liturgy.

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