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Worship and Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

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When folks enjoy being together, share celebrations and walk through hard times with grace and love, the beauty of their shared life is deeply compelling. Human beings were made for living in community, and it is in community that we flourish and become most fully human.

Practices are at the heart of human communities; they are things people do together over time to address fundamental human needs. Every community has practices that hold it together. For Christians, practices can also be understood as responses to the grace we have already experienced in Christ, in light of the word and work of God and for the sake of one another and the world.

— Christine D. Pohl, Living in Community: Cultivating Practices that Sustain Us, 2012

2015 Keynote Speakers

Christine D. Pohl is associate provost and professor of social ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky, where she has taught for 26 years in the area of Christian ethics. She has a B.S. in special education from Syracuse University, an MATS in social ethics from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a Ph.D. in social ethics from Emory University. Before completing her graduate studies and coming to Asbury, she was involved in congregational ministry, parachurch work and work with refugees.

She is the author or co-author of five books, most recently Living into Community: Practices that Sustain Us (Eerdmans, 2012). She speaks regularly at the national and international level on recovering the practices of hospitality and community. She directed a four-year grant with the Lilly Endowment on sustaining pastoral excellence in the community, served on the board of the Louisville Institute (2001–07) and is a current board member for the Society of Christian Ethics.

Michael S. Driscoll is associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, as well as the founding director of the master’s program in sacred music. His scholarly interests are in the area of liturgy and sacramental theology, with a special focus on the medieval Carolingian period. He has published extensively in journals such as Worship, Ecclesia Orans and Traditio. He served as president of the North American Academy of Liturgy (2002–03) and the Catholic Academy of Liturgy (2012–13) and has also served the Bishops’ Committee on the Liturgy, a standing committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, as a liturgical adviser.

2015 Art Gallery Exhibition

Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror: The Prints of Jan Luyken

Jan Luyken, The Child Blows, from The Ages of Man: Beginning, Middle, and End (Des Menschen beginn, midden en einde), 1712.

Those in Mennonite circles know Dutch artist Jan Luyken (1649–1712) almost solely for his visual depictions of religious persecution and torture in the 1685 edition of the Martyrs’ Mirror. In his own time, though, Luyken was a printmaker whose more than 3,000 engravings appear in devotional texts, books of Bible stories, volumes of his own poetry and a wide range of books by other authors, including topics of shipbuilding, Dutch history, geography, chemistry and the natural world.

Throughout his career, however, Luyken continually returned in his prints to a focus on emblems. Emblem books, popular in the Netherlands of the 16th and 17th centuries, combined allegorical illustrations with poems or other verses for a didactic purpose. Read together, the symbolic images and expository texts were understood to offer the reader moral guidance. Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror will highlight both the diversity of Luyken’s work and his lifelong interest in emblems.

This exhibition, co-curated by Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College associate professor of visual art and design, and Bethel student Alexandra Shoup, will be on display in the Regier Art Gallery in the Luyken Fine Arts Center at Bethel College, renamed in honor of Jan Luyken in October 2014. Exhibition dates are Oct. 30–Dec. 4, 2015, with a public reception during the Worship and the Arts Symposium Saturday, Nov. 21.

2015 Schedule

Friday, Nov. 20
11 a.m. Bethel College convocation with Michael Driscoll (free and open to the public) Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
Saturday, Nov. 21
8:30 a.m. Registration Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9–10:15 a.m. Welcome and plenary session 1: Worship and Community: Shaped and Sustained by Gratitude — Christine Pohl Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:15 a.m. Break Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:45 a.m.–noon Plenary session 2: Worship and Community: Transformed and Challenged by Hospitality — Christine Pohl Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
noon–1 p.m. Lunch The Caf, Schultz Student Center
1:30–2:30 p.m. Concurrent workshops with local presenters
  • Visual Arts and the Worshipping Community
    Local artists Joanna Pinkerton, LaVerle Schrag, and John Gaeddert describe their process of collaborating with congregations to incorporate visual arts into the worship experience. Facilitator: Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College associate professor of visual art and design
  • The Lord’s Supper and Social Justice — Michael Driscoll
    Keynote speaker Michael Driscoll presents on the intersection of the Lord’s Supper and social justice. Tonya Ramer Wenger, pastor at First Mennonite Church, Hutchinson, offers a brief response to open up a time of discussion. Facilitator: Peter Goerzen, Bethel College church relations director and campus pastor
James A. Will Academic Center
2:45–3:45 p.m. Plenary session 3: Q&A with Christine Pohl and Michael Driscoll
Driscoll and Pohl will converse about Pohl’s plenary presentations, then open it up for questions from the audience.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
4–4:45 p.m. Introduction to Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror: The Prints of Jan Luyken, with Rachel Epp Buller Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5 p.m. Reception for Beyond the Martyrs’ Mirror Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
6–7 p.m. Supper The Caf, Schultz Student Center
7:30 p.m. In Community We Sing (free and open to the public)
It has been said that a singing community worships twice. Experience the intersection of faith, song, and text as we become a community at worship, featuring reflections by Michael Driscoll and Christine Pohl, the Bethel College Concert Choir and singers from area churches (William Eash, conducting). Offering of non-perishable food and funds accepted for Harvest of Love.
Joliffe Auditorium, Memorial Hall
Sunday, Nov. 22
9:30 a.m. Worship service with Michael Driscoll preaching (free and open to the public) Bethel College Mennonite Church

Worship and the Arts Planning Committee

  • Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, committee chair
  • William Eash, professor of music
  • Peter Goerzen, campus pastor and church relations director
  • Denise Krase, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs
  • Lori L. Livengood, vice president for marketing and communications
  • Robert Milliman, vice president for academic affairs
  • Austin Regier,  administrative assistant
  • Pam Tieszen, vice president for advancement
  • Michelle Unruh, events coordinator

Made possible by the Reimer-Boese Worship and the Arts Endowment

The Reimer/Boese Worship and Arts Endowment celebrates the lives of Katharina Voth Reimer and Thomas U. Reimer, and Maria Schroeder Boese and Abraham L. Boese. The former are the parents, the latter the birth parents of donor Dr. Rosella Reimer Duerksen, both of whose birth parents died in her infancy.

The endowment is intended to assist Bethel College in providing lectures, musical events, workshops or conferences which focus on the arts as tools for the communication of the faith. It is anticipated that, while some events may primarily serve the student body of the college, others will serve the broader community as well.

Registration fees

Reservations requested by Nov. 16 in order to be included in the meals.

$35 for all or part of the symposium; includes Saturday lunch and supper.
$20 each when 3 or more people from the same congregation register as a group; includes Saturday lunch and supper. Please send a list of of participants from your congregation along with payment to Denise Krase.
Bethel College faculty, staff and students, Hesston College students:
free; lunch and supper available in the cafeteria for the regular faculty/staff and student prices.

If you need assistance please contact Denise Krase, 316-284-5239.

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