Tuesday, July 17
A. Personal Spiritual Resiliency: First Responders Speak
A retired fire chief who continues to do volunteer work internationally and a Canadian Armed Forces chaplain with experience dealing with terrorism, will discuss their ways of maintaining their own spiritual resilience through times of caring for others through traumatic and dangerous experiences. How can we support first responders in our own communities?
B. Music That Makes Community—Scott Weidler
Explore new possibilities of singing in an old way: without any paper, books or screens. Singing in worship in such a way can supplement current ways of singing in wonderful ways that rely on mutual trust, create relations Writing can build community in surprising ways. Be prepared to sing!
Scott Weidler served the ELCA as program director for worship and music prior to relocating to Toronto in 2016. He now serves as director of music at First Lutheran Church, Toronto, and St. Stephen Anglican Church, Maple. He also serves on the board of trustees for Music that Makes Community, the Executives for Liturgy Canada, and the Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Previously, he served on boards of the Institute of Liturgical Studies, Lutheran Music Program and the Lutheran/Episcopal Leadership Program for Musicians. Prior to leaving Chicago, he was the interim music director at All Saints Episcopal Church and, for 13 years, served as leader of assembly song at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Scott has earned degrees from Concordia College, Seward, Nebraska, Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio, and the University of Notre Dame. He resides in Toronto’s downtown corridor with his husband.
C. When Sanctuary is the Response: Two stories—Jose Figueroa & Richard Hergesheimer
Come to hear two compelling stories about experiences of “Sanctuary”—Pastor Richard Hergesheimer whose congregation demonstrated commitment and courage in providing sanctuary to Mikhail Lennikov, and Jose Figueroa who sought and experienced sanctuary in another congregation. Come, learn and share your experiences of providing sanctuary to others.
About Jose and Hergy
Jose Figueroa is an immigrant who moved to Canada in 1997. In October 2013, he claimed sanctuary at Walnut Grove Lutheran Church where he remained until December 2015. The former minister of immigration granted Jose a ministerial exemption to recover his freedom. Jose continues his legal struggle to clear his name and help other immigrants and refugees avoid the same kind of hardship his family has suffered. Jose will share his experiences and the knowledge he acquired while in Sanctuary.
Since retiring in 2013 after 40 years of ministry, most of which were spent in Vancouver, Richard Hergesheimer (Hergy) and Trudy, moved to the Sunshine Coast of BC. Enjoying the proximity of family, Hergy is in what Trudy calls his “encore career,” meaning he continues to do what he (theoretically) stopped doing when he retired. The capstone of his ministry was at First Lutheran, Vancouver, which demonstrated its commitment and courage in granting sanctuary to Mikhail Lennikov.
D. “It is a Good Thing”: Enhancing Psalm Singing in the Assembly—Chad Fothergill
A practical extension of the plenary, this workshop takes a closer look at ways the psalms may be rendered in various worship settings—from Sunday mornings in a large cathedral to an impromptu nighttime vigil at the scene of a recent disaster. Psalm texts will be suggested for various circumstances and participants will have opportunity to explore an array of settings ranging from chant, hymn paraphrases, call-and-response and more improvisation approaches.
Chad Fothergill holds a University Fellowship at Temple University, Philadelphia, where his dissertation research examines Lutheran music of the 16th to 18th centuries, particularly the role of the kantor. In addition, he serves Cambridge University Press as editorial assistant for the journal Eighteenth-Century Music and is a frequent contributor to worship planning resources of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and ELCA. He has served on faculties at the University of Delaware, Gustavus Adolphus College, and the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival teaching a variety courses in history, theory, organ and church music. He is an active organist in Philadelphia and New York City and has performed or presented at gatherings including the American Guild of Organists, ALCM, ELCA, and Society for Christian Scholarship in Music.
Wednesday, July 18
2:00 – 3:15pm
A. Working Across Multifaith Lines: A Panel Discussion
Come to hear from three members of the Victoria Multifaith Society from Jewish, Sikh and Ba’hai communities. The society’s goals are “to learn from one another, to celebrate our unity in diversity, and to work respectfully together for the well-being of the community and the world”. They will share their experiences of this work in context of their own faith and passion to work together.
B. When It Happens Here: What Shall We Do? How Shall We Pray?—Ansley Tucker
In 2013, the Bow and Elbow Rivers breached their banks and brought Calgary, Alberta to its knees. The Anglican parish of Christ Church in Elbow Park was at the epicentre of the flood. On Christmas Day 2017, two young sisters were murdered in Victoria, BC, both with a connection to Christ Church Cathedral. Ansley Tucker was involved in both these situations, and experienced first-hand the challenge of marshalling our scriptures, song, speech and ritual to the service of prayer and solace.
Ansley Tucker returned unexpectedly to her birthplace of Victoria and childhood parish of Christ Church Cathedral as dean in 2015, having served 35 years’ ordained ministry in the Dioceses of Toronto and Calgary. First trained as a nurse, Ansley has always held suffering and upheaval at the heart of her theological ruminations. Like many clergy, she has been called upon to say and do “wise things” in the face of devastating disaster and inexplicable evil. Similarly, like many clergy, she has had to make it up as she goes along—and she hopes that these experiences may be of some use to others. Ansley is also the frequently embarrassed owner of a wire fox terrier named Jody.
C. Music That Makes Community (Repeated)—Scott Weidler
Explore new possibilities of singing in an old way: without any paper, books or screens. Singing in worship in such a way can supplement current ways of singing in wonderful ways that rely on mutual trust, create relationships and can build community in surprising ways. Be prepared to sing!
D. Prayer Beads: Connecting to Presence in Times of Trouble—Frances Bryant-Scott
A simple string of beads has been used as a way to pray in many contemplative spiritual traditions. In this workshop you’ll learn about several prayer bead traditions, and choose one to string. Frances Bryant–Scott will explore how praying with beads ourselves, and how making them in community, can be powerful practices. In times of tragedy or disaster, when stillness is hardest to come by, a prayer bead practice centers the helpers, and it can help survivors to stay grounded in the chaos. You may wish to bring a special bead of your own to include in your project.
Frances Bryant-Scott is a creative spiritual coach and art therapist who works with people touched by death, whether through an experience of illness, grief, or other loss. Her passion to bring creativity and spirituality to healing through the pain of loss has been with her since she was a child creating rituals of remembrance for dead birds. She is currently studying inter-faith spiritual direction with the Anamcara Project in Bend, Oregon. Creativity and spirituality inform every aspect of her work— running workshops using art as a spiritual practice, facilitating conversations about death, or working one on one with clients who want to honour their losses, attend to their deepest truth and live more fully.
Wednesday, July 18
A. Writing Laments: Finding Words for the Inexpressible—Dawna Wall
This workshop will look at the power of personal and communal lament in scripture, as well as the structures that written and oral laments take. Participants will have an opportunity to write their own laments using the formats explored as a way of responding to the torments and tragedies of contemporary experience and how to effectively incorporate these into liturgical settings.
Dawna Wall is the incumbent at St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Victoria. Her life is shaped by spiritual and commonplace poetry, which continually add to and expand her understanding of faith and life. Dawna’s doctoral thesis, Unconventional Prayer Practices, focused on integrating ancient prayer, female mystics, and the sacred arts in modern and intergenerational contexts. She has led retreats across North America using this framework, finding her life illuminated by those she meets along the way. She has a Master of Divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary, Lexington, Kentucky and a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. She has taken post-graduate courses at the Vancouver School of Theology, Regent College and St. Paul University, Ottawa.
B. Creating Sacred Space—Lyle McKenzie
When disasters of any kind occur, our need for Prayer, Song and Presence may be amplified. What can it mean to create a sacred space in for others and us in times of great grief, fear and need? Join us in exploring some practical ways to address difficult times.
Lyle McKenzie serves as pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross, Victoria and as Lutheran chaplain for University of Victoria Multifaith Services. Lyle also serves part time as assistant to the national bishop for worship. His Master of Divinity is from Lutheran Theological Seminary, Saskatoon. Worship is a passion, including attention to creative worship spaces. Lyle will be joined by others in conversation.
C. Singing a Sampler: A Sampling of Hymns from the forthcoming supplement to the Anglican Common Praise—Eileen Scully and Scott Weidler
This workshop will be an all-voices-on introduction to some of the hymns and service music contained in the soon-to-be-released supplement to the Anglican Church of Canada’s 1998 hymn book, Common Praise. With its emphasis on congregational song and easy-to-teach hymnody, the collection is a particularly helpful resource for small congregations. Come and learn how to lead others in learning a new song.