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Worship & the Arts Symposium

Many Cultures, One Worship: Foretaste of a Reconciled Heaven in a Divided World

Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 21-23, 2019

“An ‘urban doxology’ is any liturgy, preaching, or music and arts that crosses boundaries in ethnicity, race, and class that prepares God’s people for the city of God.”


“The word Arrabon means ‘a foretaste of what is to come.’ We believe the church should be a foretaste of a reconciled heaven in a divided world.”


2019 resource people

David M. Bailey is the founder and executive director of Arrabon, a ministry that empowers churches to lead by example in cross-cultural engagement and reconciliation. He is a teaching elder at East End Fellowship, Richmond, Va.

Urban Doxology, a ministry of Arrabon, creates worship experiences and resources to equip Christian communities with the spiritual formation needed to faithfully practice reconciliation. Most of the band members are an active part of East End Fellowship in Richmond, Va.

2019 Worship & the Arts Symposium gallery exhibition

Sarah Beth Woods
with collaborator Cleo Sugg

BRAID/WORK is a collaborative art project, initiated by professional hair braider Fatima Traore and visual artist Sarah Beth Woods, that investigates the transcultural histories and aesthetics of hair braiding. The material components of the work bridge cross-cultural conversations about their disparate backgrounds and practices. Woods and Traore were recipients of the 2015/16 Crossing Boundaries Prize through Arts+Public Life & the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago.

2019 schedule

Thursday, Nov. 21

7 p.m. Artist talk by Sarah Beth Woods Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Friday, Nov. 22

11 a.m. “What is Urban Doxology?”

David Bailey and Urban Doxology

Bethel College convocation
(free and open to the public)
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
7 p.m. Urban Doxology worship experience (free and open to the public)

Free-will offering for Newton Community for Racial Justice and Harvest of Love (Newton Ministerial Alliance)
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Saturday, Nov. 23

8:30 a.m. Registration Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
9–10:15 a.m. Welcome and Plenary Session I

“Preparing for the City of God”

David Bailey, keynote speaker
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:15 a.m. Introduction to Braid/Work exhibition, Sarah Beth Woods and Cleo Sugg Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:30 a.m. Break

Refreshments in the Regier Art Gallery
Luyken Fine Arts Center
11 a.m.–noon Plenary workshop session

“Creating an Urban Doxology in Community” 

David Bailey and Urban Doxology

Exploring the guiding principles of worship for communities that facilitate reconciliation across dividing lines of culture, education and class
Luyken Fine Arts Center
12:15–1:15 p.m. Lunch The Caf, Schultz Student Center
1:30–2:45 p.m. Concurrent workshop sessions
  • Workshop 1: “Our Journey of Cultivating Race Relations in a North Carolina Congregation” Sheryl Wilson, director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR), and Patrick Messer, associate minister at First Plymouth Congregational Church, Lincoln, Neb.
  • Workshop 2:  “Telling Stories, Telling Lies: Reclaiming the Liberating Story of Jesus”
    Michelle Armster, executive director of MCC Central States, and active with Wichita Griots, an African-American storytellers organization
Luyken Fine Arts Center
2:45 p.m. Break Luyken Fine Arts Center
3:15–4:45 p.m.

Plenary Session II, panel discussion: “Enacting Reconciled, Diverse Communities in Central Kansas”

Sheryl Wilson will moderate a panel of local area pastors, each reflecting on the above topic:
Brandon Redic, The Bridge Church (Wichita)
Larry Lee, pastor of All Nations Pentecostal Church (Newton)
Michelle Armster, MCC Central States (KS)

David Bailey will respond, followed by questions and comments from the audience.

Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
4:45-5:15 p.m. Closing worship:
“A Foretaste – Many Cultures, One Worship”

A closing time of worship with David Bailey, the Bethel College Gospel Choir and members of Urban Doxology
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center

Worship and the Arts Planning Committee

  • Patricia Shelly, professor of Bible and religion, committee chair
  • William Eash, professor of music
  • Peter Goerzen, instructor of Bible and religion and campus pastor
  • Charlie Gibson, assistant event coordinator
  • Julian Gonzalez-Salamanca, director of diversity and inclusion
  • Oscar Gonzalez, designer, Beyond Studio
  • Greta Hiebert, development office assistant
  • Jordan Hill, assistant art director, Beyond Studio
  • Donalyn Manion, assistant professor of graphic design and art director of Beyond Studio
  • Bruce Rosario, director of Gospel Choir
  • Kendrick Weaver, event coordinator
  • Sheryl Wilson, director of the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR)

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

Registration extended until November 20 (to include lunch).

$40 for all or part of the symposium; includes Saturday lunch
$25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group; includes Saturday lunch. Please use the online form or send a list of of participants from your congregation along with payment to Greta Hiebert.
Bethel College faculty, staff and students, Hesston College students:
Free; lunch available in the cafeteria for the regular faculty/staff and student prices

If you need assistance, please contact Greta Hiebert.


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