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Worship & the Arts Symposium

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

Saturday, Nov. 22-23, 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, 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, Virginia

2019 Art Gallery Exhibition

BRAID/WORK Exhibition
Sarah Beth Woods
with collaborators Cleo Sugg and Fatime Traore

BRAID/WORK is a collaborative art project first initiated by professional hair braider Fatime 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 & 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. Bethel College convocation: David Bailey and Urban Doxology
(free and open to the public)
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
7 p.m. Urban Doxology worship event and concert 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 Keynote speaker: David Bailey Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:15 a.m. Break Luyken Fine Arts Center
10:45 a.m.–noon Concurrent Workshop Session I
  • Workshop 1: “Principles of Urban Doxology”
    Exploring the guiding principles of worship for communities that facilitate reconciliation across dividing lines of culture, education, and class.
  • Workshop 2: David Bailey
James A. Will Academic Center
noon–1 p.m. Lunch The Caf, Schultz Student Center
1:30–2:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshop Session II
  • Workshop 3: One Congregation’s Experience: Sheryl Wilson, Director of Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR) and Patrick Messer, Associate Minister at First Plymouth Congregational Church (Lincoln, NE)
  • Workshop 4: Diversity in Wichita
James A. Will Academic 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. Moderator, Sheryl Wilson and local leaders. Response: David Bailey

Each panelist will address the topic, David will respond, and then open the conversation to questions and comments from the audience.

Introduction to Braidwork exhibit
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center
5 p.m. Reception for exhibit Robert W. Regier Art Gallery, Luyken Fine Arts Center
6–7 p.m. Supper The Caf, Schultz Student Center
7:30 p.m. Worship Service: A Foretaste-Many Cultures, One Worship
(free and open to the public)
Joliffe Auditorium, Memorial Hall

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
  • Julian Gonzalez-Salamanca, director of diversity and inclusion
  • 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 Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (KIPCOR)
  • Lauren Woodward, associate designer, Beyond Studio

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. 15 in order to be included in drama and the meals.

$40 for all or part of the symposium; includes Friday evening drama, Saturday lunch and supper.
$25 per person when 3 or more people from the same congregation register and pay as a group; includes Friday evening drama, Saturday lunch and supper. 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 (including Friday evening drama); lunch and supper available in the cafeteria for the regular faculty/staff and student prices.

If you need assistance please contact Greta Hiebert.


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