“God Is Here: Worship in a Wireless World”
2013 Biennial Conference June 30-July 3, 2013 Valparaiso, Indiana
a hymn festival, with commentary by Susan Cherwien
and choral leadership by David Cherwien and the National Lutheran Choir
featuring young musicians from the Lutheran Summer Music Academy & Festival
Evening Prayer with the Valparaiso University Bach Choir
an organ recital presented by Martin Jean
and a great variety of workshops.
What is the future of worship when increasing numbers struggle with organized religion, seek individual spiritual practices apart from community, and spend hours in front of screens? Recent studies show that more and more people identify as none when asked to name their religious affiliation. Yet we who gather in worship each Sunday proclaim that God is present in word, water, bread, wine, and most particularly, in the gathered community. How will our worshipping assemblies be renewed and revitalized in an age of change and doubt? What are some of the challenges and opportunities before us in light of graying congregations, and young adults finding community and identity through Facebook, Twitter, and countless online sites? In considering these questions, and sharing in open and honest conversation, we hope this conference will deepen commitment to the future of worship in real time and sacred space.