Fifthteenth Annual Conference:
Teach Us to Number Our Days
November 2 – 4, 2014
In reviewing the topics of the fourteen Good Shepherd Institute conferences held thus far from 2000 to 2013, we were a bit surprised by one topic that has yet to be covered: the church year. Given that the liturgical year shapes the work of pastors and musicians week in and week out, it seems like a prime topic for a GSI gathering. Perhaps that’s why this theme never made it to the top of the list. After all, if the church year already governs much of what we do, what more, really, is there to say about it?
Actually, there’s quite a bit to be said and many riches yet to be discovered. We’ll begin with a contemplation of time and how the church year beautifully orders our time according to God’s saving purposes. In addition, there will be many practical considerations, both at the larger level of planning out the entire year—from the long green season to the various feasts and festivals—and in the details of how the church year can receive renewed vigor in our congregations. And, of course, what would GSI be without the musical feasts that we have grown so accustomed to hearing in Kramer Chapel? In addition to an organ recital by Faythe Freese, whose thrilling 2008 recital some of you may remember, and the stirring Choral Vespers, the hymn festival this year will serve as a “Festschrift in sound” as we pay tribute to our dear colleague, Kantor Richard Resch, for his lifelong passion of promoting the church’s song.
Our 2014 conference promises to be a momentous event, so set aside November 2–4 and make plans to attend!