an ecumenical, practice-oriented conference
for congregational teams of church leaders (musicians, clergy, lay leaders) or individuals
A NOTE ON THE 2016 Conference
Many thanks to those who registered or expressed interest in the Poverty, Wealth, and Worship conference of the ISM Congregations Project. Unfortunately, this year’s conference has been postponed. Registrants are being contacted separately; we regret the inconvenience. Please watch this space for information about a possible meeting in June 2017. Thank you again for your interest!
Unique conference format
The 2016 Poverty, Wealth, and Worship conference is part of the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Congregations Project, now in its sixth year. The unique participatory conference format is especially beneficial for teams of registrants from a congregation – to that end, group registrations (of up to three people) are encouraged, and only one conference registration fee is charged per congregation.
The schedule alternates between shared events for all participants—lectures by nationally recognized faculty, daily worship, and special musical events—and workshops in which projects from the represented congregations are discussed. In the workshop sessions, which are moderated by the faculty, congregational leaders both get feedback and contribute to the mutual learning at the heart of this conference. By exploring how different congregations live out responses to the theme, we share concerns, practical wisdom, and inspiring examples, for the good of those in attendance and for the sake of the larger church’s mission. This form of exchange is at the heart of the Congregations Project and part of what distinguishes it from other learning opportunities.