Voices Together Worship Workshop

Voices Together Worship Leaders’ Workshop, Saturday, May 14, 2022, 9am-12, via Zoom.

Presenters: Anneli Loepp Thiessen, Katie Graber, and Sarah Johnson

Voices Together and Voices Together Worship Leader Edition (2020) are still fairly new to MC USA congregations and worship leaders. This workshop will provide background on worship resources in those collections, highlighting uses in worship as well as the styles, cultures, and eras they represent. We will discuss tools for understanding your community’s worship culture in order to make intentional, theologically grounded, and spiritually inspired choices about worship practices that respond to your local contexts and dismantle oppression in your communities. Near the end, Sarah Johnson, worship resources editor for Voices Together, will join to talk about the central practices process for worship resources. She can also remain on Zoom for a time of Q+A. This workshop is being offered for donations as you are able.

To register:  Email Anne Meyer Byler at ambyler@gmail.com. The Zoom link will be sent to registrations received by May 13, 2022.

For any donations:

  • Donations are optional, as you are able, $10-$20 USD (15 – 25 CAD) is fair to cover costs.
  • Send checks to Benton Mennonite Church, 15350 C.R. 44, Goshen, IN 46528, add “VT Worship Workshop” in memo line.
  • Donate by PayPal or credit or debit card at https://bit.ly/vt-worship-workshop (select the “Voices Together Worship Leaders’ Workshop” drop-down option.)
  • Donations beyond covering expenses will go to Anabaptist Worship Network.

Anneli Loepp Thiessen is a PhD student at the University of Ottawa, where she researches issues of gender within the contemporary worship music industry. She served on the Voices Together hymnal committee, is an accompanist at Ottawa Mennonite Church, and is the Canadian director of Anabaptist Worship Network.

Katie Graber is an ethnomusicologist, teaching courses on Western music history and world music at Ohio State University. She was the Intercultural Worship editor for the Voices Together project and is the U.S. director for the Anabaptist Worship network. She also leads singing at Columbus (Ohio) Mennonite Church.