CU to host annual worship conference

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By Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University's School of Theology and the Reuben and Jewell Robertson Worship Endowment will present "Worship and Justice" as the theme of the university's Worship Arts Conference on Feb. 28-29.

Conference leaders will be Eric Bryant, navigator, Mosaic of Los Angeles, Calif.; Marvin McMickle, professor of homiletics, Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio; and Nathan Ivey, SEED/Community Development, Sojourn Church of Louisville. There will also be several session speakers.

Bryant will give a pre-conference chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Ransdell Chapel. Chapel is free and open to the public.

Musicians include: Derek Webb, singer-songwriter, formerly of Caedmon's Call, Nashville, Tenn., and John Mark McMillan, a recording artist from Charlotte, N.C., and other worship bands.

Dr. John Hurtgen, chair of the School of Theology, said there will be two days of large and small group sessions, and there will be two concerts each night at 7:30 in the Ransdell Chapel on campus.

Webb will perform Thursday night, Feb. 28 and McMillan will perform Friday night, Feb. 29.

Hurtgen, presenting the conference, said, "If Mark Labberton (The Dangerous Act of Worship) is correct, God is mightily displeased when his people walk away from worship encounters with the living God ... and no one is changed by the experience.

Registration for the conference is $45, and $25 for students. The registration fee includes conference workbook and tickets to Derek Webb and John Mark McMillan concerts. Conference attendees are admitted free to the concerts by virtue of their registration. Tickets for each concert are $12 for general admission; $15 for artist circle and $8 for students. For group rates call 789-5029. Tickets may be available at the door.

To register, send name, church and/or university affiliation, address and phone number, along with registration fee to: WAC '08, Campbellsville University, UPO 868, 1 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky. 42718. For concert tickets only, send the same information to the above address.

Ministers, students and others may earn 2.5 credit hours, 25 contact hours, by attending all sessions and reading Eric Bryant's "Peppermint-Filled Piatas: Breaking Through Tolerance and Embracing Love" and either Marvin McMickle's "Where Have all the Prophets Gone: Reclaiming Prophetic Preaching in America" or Mark Labberton's "The Dangerous Act of Worship."

Enrollment forms for CEU credits will be available at the registration table.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the foyer of the Ransdell Chapel. Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of CU, and Hurtgen will give a welcome at 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. The first session, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., will be the Adam Russell Worship Band.

Bryant will lead the session beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The next session will be led by Ivey from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Breakout sessions are from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. until 5 p.m. The concert at 7:30 p.m. features Webb and Bryant.

Friday's worship session begins at 8:30 a.m. until 9 a.m. with the Gilkey Worship Band. Bryant will lead a session from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Breakout sessions run from 10:15 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and again from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. McMickle will lead a session from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the Ransdell Chapel.

Breakout sessions will be in various buildings on campus. For complete details, visit www.campbellsville.edu/wac08.

For more information, contact Hurtgen at jehurtgen@campbellsville.edu.

- Joan C. McKinney is director of university communications at Campbellsville University.