Seek. Serve. Grow.
Please consider saving paper, ink, and electricity instead of printing.

The culture of Bethel is one that encourages students to try new things and to think critically.
Sarah Unruh ’12

Worship and the Arts Symposium

Upcoming 2015 Symposium

Check back in Summer 2015 for details on our next Worship and the Arts symposium.

2013 Keynote Speakers

Thomas G. LongThomas G. Long is Bandy Professor of Preaching at Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta. A Presbyterian minister, Long has served churches in Georgia and New Jersey. He has taught preaching for more than 30 years — at Erskine Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, Princeton Theological Seminary and, since 2000, at Candler. Long is the author of textbooks on preaching and worship, collections of sermons and biblical commentaries on Matthew and Hebrews. His most recent books are Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral (2009) and What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith (2011).

John Ferguson

John Ferguson is Elliot and Klara Stockdal Johnson Professor of Organ and Church Music and Cantor to the Student Congregation at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn. His responsibilities include directing the church music-organ program, teaching organ and conducting the St. Olaf Cantorei. Each year, he prepares and leads many festivals across the country, both for local congregations and professional gatherings. Ferguson is the author of numerous books and articles on church music and organ building. He has been invited to design and present hymn festivals for national and regional conventions of both the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association as well as many national gatherings of church musicians.

2013 Guest Artist

Ann Resnick

Ann Resnick is an artist and arts advocate who for 10 years operated the Project Gallery out of a warehouse in Wichita, showcasing the work of local artists from around the country. Working as a printmaker and installation artist, Resnick has a long history of exhibitions stretching from Maine to New Mexico to Japan.

Resnick’s recent art explores the transitory nature of life and our connections to others. "Inconsolable," her November exhibition in the Bethel College Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, includes work that focuses on themes of commemoration and renewal.

Resnick draws on human impulse to mark the passing of family and friends but goes a step further, incorporating fragments of newspaper obituaries in her work as a way to mark the lives of strangers as well.

"Reading the obituary pages of the local newspaper," she says, "reminds me that although most people never achieve the proverbial 15 minutes of fame, most do have passionate interests and loving families, most do charitable work, support and build communities, work too hard and die too young. This should be commemorated."

2013 Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9 a.m. Welcome and Introductions Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9:30–10:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Accompany Them with Singing: Re-claiming the Christian FuneralThomas Long
10:30 a.m.–11 a.m. Break Luyken Fine Arts Center
11 a.m.–noon Plenary Session: Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
A Response and ConversationJohn Ferguson and Thomas Long
Long and Ferguson will converse about Long’s plenary address, then open it up for questions from the audience.
noon–1 p.m. Lunch The Caf, Schultz Student Center
1–1:45 p.m. Hymn Sing Chapel, Administration Building
John Ferguson
2–2:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops James A. Will Family Academic Center
An Anabaptist Response: A Panel Discussion
Consider how Anabaptist history, theology, ethics and biblical interpretation shape a response to the plenary presentations. Where is there agreement and where is there tension between these perspectives?
  • Facilitator: Dale Schrag, director of church relations and campus pastor, Bethel College
  • Lois Barrett, professor of theology and Anabaptist studies, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind./North Newton
  • Mark Jantzen, professor of history, Bethel College
  • Ray Reimer, co-pastor, Zion Mennonite Church, Elbing
Bedside Liturgy: Rituals of Healing and Dying
Explore rituals at the time of death, such as the use of music and scripture, anointing and care of the body.
  • Facilitator: Heidi Regier Kreider, pastor, Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton
  • Frances Rathbun, chaplain, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Wichita
  • Eric Massanari, chaplain, Kidron Bethel Village, North Newton
  • Laura Ratzlaff, hospice nurse, Harry Hynes Memorial Hospital, Wichita
3–3:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops James A. Will Family Academic Center
Telling Our Funeral Stories: Panel Discussion of Pastors and an Undertaker
An interdenominational group of pastors and a funeral director discuss both positive and difficult funeral
 experiences. What questions do they wrestle with and what hope do they experience?
  • Facilitator: Patty Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, Bethel College, and moderator-elect, Mennonite Church USA
  • David Stevens, pastor, Eden Mennonite Church, Moundridge
  • Heidi Regier Kreider, pastor, Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton
  • Jim Anderson, pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Newton
  • Fred Peterson, funeral director, Petersen’s Funeral Home, Newton
Medical Ethics and End-of-Life Planning
How do our decisions while we are living reflect our theology of death and dying? What tensions or challenges do we face? How do we integrate a life-affirming ethic, an acceptance of death, and faith in the resurrection?
  • Facilitator: Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs, Bethel College
  • Bruce Woods, Department of Family and Community (retired), University of Kansas School of Medicine, Wichita
  • Phyllis Miller, director, Department of Nursing, Bethel College
  • Justin Heinzekehr, adjunct instructor of Bible and religion, Bethel College
The Church Musician at Weddings and Funerals
Building on concepts explored in our morning sessions, John Ferguson discusses the responsibilities of the church musician at what can be difficult times for the people most directly involved. How do we assist them and honor our fundamental Christian precepts? How do we interact with our clergy colleagues at these challenging times for the people involved? Are there ways we can help people be better prepared for planning these services?
4–4:30 p.m. Artist Presentation Krehbiel Auditorium Luyken Fine Arts Center
InconsolableAnn Resnick
Resnick’s recent art explores the transitory nature of life and our connections to others. Inconsolable, her November exhibition in the Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, includes work that focuses on themes of commemoration and renewal.
4:30 p.m. Refreshments and Meet the Artist Luyken Fine Arts Center
6–7 p.m. Supper The Caf, Schultz Student Center
7:30 p.m. Worship Service Joliffe Auditorium, Memorial Hall
A Thousand Ages
Ponder the paradox we call time through a service of word and song led by John Ferguson, featuring a sermon, Learning How to Tell Time, by Thomas Long, organ music, the Bethel College Concert Choir and singers from area churches.

Worship and the Arts Planning Committee

  • Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and church relations director, committee chair
  • Brad Born, vice president for academic affairs
  • William Eash, professor of music
  • Fred Goering, director of development
  • Denise Krase, assistant to vice president for academic affairs
  • Lori L. Livengood, vice president for marketing and communications
  • Heidi Regier Kreider, pastor Bethel College Mennonite Church
  • Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion
  • Renee Reimer, events coordinator


$50 registration, for all or part of the symposium, includes Saturday lunch and supper. The event is free for all Bethel faculty and staff, as well as Hesston and Bethel students. Lunch and dinner are available in the cafeteria for the regular faculty/staff and student prices.

If you need assistance please contact Gail Marsh, 316-284-5250.

Made possible by the Reimer-Boese Worship and the Arts Endowment and Lucille Graber Estate

Guest information

Contact information

* NOTE: Canadian donors must specify their addresses according to the Canadian Post for addresses to be validated correctly. Please do not add spaces between the unit number, hypen, and civic number or validation will fail.

Bethel College / Hesston College students and employees, please use your or e-mail address.
Additional information

Credit card information
Discover Visa MasterCard American Express

Expiration date: