Registration Now Open! Henderson Summer Leadership Conference

June 3, 2018 - June 6, 2018
Pittsburgh, PA

June 3-6, 2018


Featuring Barbara Brown Taylor

Barbara Brown Taylor, an American Episcopal priest, professor, author, and theologian, will keynote our 2018 Henderson Summer Leadership Conference. She is one of the United States’ best known preachers. Her first memoir, Leaving Church (2006), won an Author of the Year Award from the Georgia Writers Association. Her most recent book, Learning to Walk in the Dark (2014), was featured on the cover of TIME magazine.

The Work of the People

A liturgy—from the Greek lēitos for ‘public’ + -ergos for ‘working’—is, quite literally, the work of the people! Over time, the term liturgy became associated primarily with religious worship in an organized community. All members of the worshiping community were expected to participate in this structured activity. The work undertaken was not entertainment but holy ‘work.’

During this year’s conference, we will be spending time in discovering how liturgy works in our churches and lives today and the many facets possible to make the “work” come alive!

Come prepared for a rich engagement of your senses and soul as we join together to do the work of the people!

Conference Schedule

Sun., June 3
5:00-6:30 p.m. Registration
6:30-9:00 p.m. Evening Activity
9:00 p.m. Compline / Evening Prayer

Mon., June 4
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00-10:00 a.m. Opening Eucharist – Barbara Brown Taylor Presiding
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Plenary Session “History of Liturgy/Meanings of Liturgy”
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Workshop Cohorts
5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-9:00 p.m. Henderson Lecture followed by Q&A with Barbara Brown Taylor
9:00 p.m. Compline / Evening Prayer

Tues., June 5
8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00-9:45 a.m. Taizé
9:45-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:45 a.m. Workshop Cohorts
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Conversation on Writing with Barbara Brown Taylor
2:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:30 p.m. Optional Field Trips (additional fee)
5:00-6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-9:00 p.m. Public Reading and Book Signing with Barbara Brown Taylor
9:00 p.m. Compline / Evening Prayer

Wed., June 6
9:00-10:30 a.m. À la carte Workshops
10:30-11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Worship and Eucharist with Barbara Brown Taylor
12:30 p.m. Conference Ends

When you register for the conference, you will be asked to choose: 1) Choice of Cohort Workshop; 2) Choice of à la Carte Workshop; and 3) Optional Field Trip.

Workshop Cohorts

Workshop topics include: Sacred Music and Hymnody; Liturgy in Movement; Art and Space in Worship; Prayer Writing; and Creative Proclamation of Scripture.

À La Carte Workshops

Choose a subject that will ignite your spirit – no previous experience required! Topics include: Memoir Writing, Drawing as Spiritual Practice, Yoga and Movement in Prayer, Lectio Divina Writing, and Spiritual Origami.

Optional Field Trips

For an additional fee, enjoy visiting one of the following field trip locations, where the work of the people is creatively engaged:
FOCUS Pittsburgh
Maxo Vanka Murals
The Table, Hot Metal Bridge Faith Community
Garfield Community Farm



Full conference registration fee:  $175   One-day registration fee: $95  /  Lodging is not included in the conference registration fee.

Meal plan for SMTW: $90      Meal plan for Monday or Tuesday only: $30     Meal plan for Wednesday only:  $20

Directions / Lodging / CEUs

Directions to the Seminary. Free parking is available on the campus of the Seminary behind the chapel and there will be directional signs to indicate where events are being held. Campus map.

Lodging There is limited campus housing available on campus for guests. To reserve a private room, email [email protected] or call 412-924-1397. Details about other housing options in the area can be requested.  The Hotel Indigo East Liberty also has a block of rooms reserved for the conference.

CEUs CEUs will be available for clergy upon request. Conference registration is required.

Notice of Photography and Filming When you enter a Pittsburgh Theological Seminary event or program, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

Questions Questions about the event can be directed to the Continuing Education at [email protected] or 412-924-1345.

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