CHEYENNE, Wyo. As people of faith, we all have a voice to the Lord. In keeping with the great commission of the eleven to “make disciples of all nations,” (Matthew 28: 19 - 20), those involved in church ministries of all kinds have unique opportunities to use their voices in very profound and impactful ways. How are we using our voices in our ministries? Do we find it difficult to find opportunities to strengthen our voice?
Jan. 16-19, 2018, offers just such an opportunity at the Southwest Liturgical Conference (SWLC) Study Week to be held at Little America in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The 2018 Study Week, with the theme “Awaken the Voice: Sing as One to the Lord,” offers approximately 70 individual session choices together with four nationally- and internationally-known keynote speakers (Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Dr. Steven Janco, ValLimar Jansen and Carmen Florez-Mansi). There will also be a concert by renowned composer/musician Marty Haugen. These, combined with other activities, provide ample opportunities for attendees to awaken their voices.
The 2018 Study Week is a robust conference that has been designed to benefit those in all areas of church ministry, both clergy and lay people as well as those wishing to get involved in church ministry. Ministries for which offerings can be found are diverse. Examples of the approximately 70 individual Study Week sessions are a special series focusing on RCIA presented by Team RCIA/Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal; “We Gather in Love: Music to Enliven the Liturgy” presented by John Angotti; A Mass to Mission series with such titles as “From Mass to Mission, Session II: Liturgical Catechesis that Forms Disciples” presented by Michael Ruzicki; “Solemn Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament: How to do it Worthily and Well” presented by Dr. Patricia Hughes; and “Passing on Faith and Tradition: Talking to Your Kids about Jesus” presented by Danielle Muñeton. The full listing with brief descriptions of each session is available at swlc.org.
The Study Week includes many special offerings. An all-day break-out session is being offered just for clergy, led by Bishop Seitz. That same day also offers a program for Hispanic Pastoral Musicians featuring Rodolfo (Rudy) López. Exhibitors can participate in Pecha Kucha during lunchtime, and music vendors will showcase new music during the lunch breaks (bring your box lunch which can be purchased with your registration). Daily mass will be offered, and there will be an opportunity to experience Taize Prayer.
SWLC is an organization dedicated to providing opportunities to benefit people involved in all areas of the liturgy. Consisting of 28 dioceses in an eight state region, it annually provides a Study Week for the enrichment of participants.
More information and registration is available at swlc.org. Registration is also available directly at visitcheyenne.regfox.com/swlc-2018. Early registration (through Dec. 15) for the entire study week is $135. Thereafter, the fee increases to $200. Attendance is limited; early registration is highly encouraged.
Exhibit booths and advertisement space in the program are still available. Interested vendors may contact 307-682-3319 for more information.
(Father Cliff Jacobson is pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Gillette, Wyoming.)