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    Singing Beloved Community in Cincinnati

  • Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 06:00 PM through September 28, 2019

    Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Cincinnati to offer a three-day song leader training workshop! St. Simon’s Episcopal Church, Lincoln Heights and Christ Episcopal Church, Glendale partner to host this inspiring gathering centered in African and African-American musical traditions and leadership practices. The workshop also includes story sharing inspired by Becoming Beloved Community, a national effort of the Episcopal Church to respond to racial injustice and grow a community of reconcilers, justice-makers, and healers.

    Additional events are being planned around the workshop to deepen the conversation and inspire faithful action.

    Michael Atty, Chanda Rule, Paul Vasile, and local Music that Makes Community facilitators will lead worship, plenaries, small groups, and reflection to help you add the valuable tool of paperless leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can strengthen and enrich worship and community life.

    The workshop begins with dinner on Wednesday evening and ends with a Lunch Eucharist on Saturday. Christ Church, Glendale will host the workshop; special evening events for the wider community will be hosted by St. Simon of Cyrene (just 2.5 miles away).

    Click here to view the workshop schedule.

    Music that Makes Community encourages and support practices of communal singing and learning. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada. 

    Individual Registration Rate: $250
    Congregational Registration Rate: $500 (Up to 4 individuals from the same congregation)
    Congregational Sponsor: $1,000 (Up to 8 individuals from the same congregation)

    The rate covers continental breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, dinner on Wednesday and Thursday, and all workshop materials. 

    There are several lodging options for out-of-town guests.

    • The Glendalia is a small hotel around the corner from Christ Church, Glendaleand features 6 small apartments;
    • Hyatt Place Sharonville is 1.8 miles from Christ Church, Glendale and has single and double hotel rooms;
    • Transfiguration Convent and Spirituality Center is a little more than a mile from Christ Church, Glendale. Single rooms/shared bathrooms are available for women only because of other retreats at that time;
    • Airbnb options are also plentiful in the area.

    The workshop is generously supported by the Diocese of Southern Ohio and discounted rates are available for churches in the Diocese. Scholarships are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources, as well as seniors. Contact Jane Gerdsen in the Diocesan office to learn more.

  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 02:00 PM · 1 rsvp
    St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster, BC, Canada


    Join Vancouver-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Anglican Church the last Sunday of the month. Led by Caitlin Riley Beck, Patti Powell, and Emilie Smith, everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. No need to “know how to sing!”

  • NYC Practice Group

  • Saturday, October 05, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    Church of the Village in New York, NY

    Join us for a gathering of the New York City Practice Group, an opportunity to practice paperless leadership skills and share new songs in a community of gracious learning and discovery. The group is open to all, whether you've attended an MMC event yet or not. We'll gather in the Chapel of the Beloved Community at Church of the Village in Greenwich Village.

    Church of The Village is in Manhattan’s West Village on the corner of 13th Street and 7th Avenue. The 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, F, M, and L trains all stop a short distance away, as well as the PATH train from New Jersey.

    There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp on 13th Street for those who may have difficulty with stairs. An elevator provides access to church offices, meeting rooms, and gymnasium. Many restrooms are ADA-accessible.

  • Music that Makes Community at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 02:00 PM through October 12, 2019

    Music that Makes Community is excited to return to Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for an intensive workshop from October 10-12, 2019. Conie Borchardt, Paul Vasile, and Scott Weidler will lead worship, plenaries, small groups, and reflection to help you add the valuable tool of paperless leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can strengthen and enrich worship and community life.

    The event begins at 2 p.m. on Thursday and ends at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The schedule offers optional evening activities to support the participation of local commuters, including a Community SING on Thursday evening and Dances of Universal Peace on Friday evening. Click here to view the workshop schedule.

    Music that Makes Community encourages and support practices of communal singing and learning. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada. 

    Individual Registration Rate: $350
    Duo Registration Rate: $650 (Two individuals from the same congregation/community)

    The rate covers continental breakfast and lunch on Friday and Saturday, dinner on Thursday and Friday, and all workshop materials. 

    Use the discount code CGLSMU to recieve a discounted nightly rate of $169 at La Quinta Inn & Suites, just a short walk from the seminary. Free parking and breakfast are included. Airbnb options are also plentiful in the area. Please note, this is the weekend of the Chicago Marathon (on Sunday) and lodging options will fill up quickly. The hotel will release unbooked rooms in this block by September 16, so don't delay in reserving a room! 

    Our workshop is generously supported by LSTC and discounted rates are available for current students, faculty and alumni. Scholarships are also available for individuals and faith communities with limited resources and seniors. Contact Paul Vasile in the MtMC office to learn more.

  • Music That Makes Community at Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

  • Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:00 AM through October 16, 2019
    Cross Roads Camp and Retreat Center

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    We're excited to gather at Cross Roads for our annual three-day retreat focused on congregational song leading skills! MMC presenters will lead worship, workshops, and conversation to help you add the valuable tool of paperless song leading to your community’s singing practice. Learn practical skills and diverse repertoire, and explore how paperless music can enrich and expand your congregation's repertoire of sung prayer and praise.

    Take a look at photos from last year's gathering!

    The three-day workshop begins at 10 am on Monday, October 14 and ends with lunch on Wednesday, October 16. Attendees will have the option at registration to check in early on Sunday, October 13. Otherwise check in begins at 9 a.m. on Monday.

    Standard Double Occupancy: $360
    Hotel-style accommodations with linens provided. Toiletries are not provided.
    Upgrade to Single Occupancy +$40
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$30

    Dormitory-Style Lodging: $310
    Bunk beds and a shared bathroom. Linens and toiletries are not provided.
    Early Check In (Sunday at 4 p.m.) +$10

    Commuter/Off-Site: $260
    Individuals staying off site and commuting to the event. 

    Register for the workshop HERE!

    Cross Roads is a welcoming, ecumenical retreat center and camp of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark and the NJ Synod of the ELCA. They are accredited with the American Camp Association. It is most convenient to Newark International Airport (EWR), a one hour drive away. Participants are responsible for securing transportation from the airport to the retreat center. For those commuting by car, there is convenient parking on the Cross Roads property.

    The costs of the event are partially subsidized by a generous grant from the ACTS/VIM Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Newark.

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  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, October 27, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster, BC, Canada


    Join Vancouver-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Anglican Church the last Sunday of the month. Led by Caitlin Riley Beck, Patti Powell, and Emilie Smith, everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. No need to “know how to sing!”

  • Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 04:00 PM
    Bethany UCC in Chicago, IL

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    Join our Chicago Area Practice Group: Northside for their quarterly gathering. All are welcome to sing with others, learn new tunes, and strengthen your song-leading skills! This month we'll meet in the backyard of the Bethany UCC parsonage with some refreshments (4250 N. Paulina). If inclement weather, we’ll meet in the sanctuary.

    Contact group organizer Spencer Foon with any questions!

  • One-Day Workshop at Waterville United Church of Christ

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 09:30 AM


    Music That Makes Community is excited to visit Mid Coast Maine, sharing paperless (oral/aural tradition) music and leadership practices. Waterville United Church of Christ will host this time of musical and spiritual nourishment as we join voices and hearts in song. MtMC's Executive Director, Paul Vasile will offer leadership, inviting participants into communal learning and reflection.

    All are welcome to share in a day-long workshop exploring how and why we sing together, noticing way our bodies and voices are present when we learn through thoughtful modeling and generous invitation. Together we'll experience how the energy we create through singing affects what we do in worship as a whole, as well as other parts of our human lives. Share in worship and participatory learning, and experience paperless songs and leadership practices you can share with your community!

    Vew the workshop schedule and register below!

    Paul will also offer musical leadership at Waterville UCC Sunday morning.

    Music That Makes Community encourages and support practices of communal singing and learning. Watch this short video to learn about the unique work we're doing around the United States and Canada.

    Individual Registration Fee: $50

    Scholarships are available for students, seminarians, seniors, and congregations with limited financial resources. Contact Paul Vasile in the MtMC office to learn more.

    Meals, refreshments, and workshop materials are included in the cost. Childcare will be provided for infants and children, though they are also warmly welcomed to sing with us. 

    The workshop is generously sponsored by Waterville United Church of Christ. 

  • Vancouver Sacred Song Circle

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 at 02:00 PM
    St. Barnabas Anglican Church in New Westminster, BC, Canada


    Join Vancouver-area singers for a Sacred Song Circle in the sanctuary of St. Barnabas Anglican Church the last Sunday of the month. Led by Caitlin Riley Beck, Patti Powell, and Emilie Smith, everyone is welcome, from everywhere, and from any tradition or any place on the journey. No need to “know how to sing!”

Music that Makes Community
paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org
(929) 266-4662
131 Odell Clark Place, Apt. 3A
New York, NY 10030