For over 35 years, the Calvin Symposium on Worship has annually gathered together worshipers from many Christian traditions across Canada, the US, and beyond, bringing together people from a variety of roles in worship and leadership, including pastors, worship planners and leaders, musicians, scholars, students, worship bands and teams, organists, visual artists, preachers, chaplains, missionaries, liturgists, council and session leaders, and more. Cosponsored by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary, the Symposium aims to encourage leaders in churches and worshiping communities of all sizes and settings.
A postcard advertising the 2006 Calvin Symposium on Worship, encouraging online registration and advertising the website.
We hope that the Symposium has some of the same flavor of joy that the Israelites experienced when they came up to Jerusalem each year for their annual festivals. They came from different tribes, and eventually from different lands and tongues (like the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8). God has drawn us together here also to offer our worship in ways that celebrate the diversity of the children of God in our churches and communities. And so we will all be stretched beyond our familiar surroundings of worshiping communities large and small, some of whom have moved in one direction or another with respect to hospitality, music, visual arts, and technology.
One of the main goals of this conference is to be encouraged by what God is doing in congregations across North America and beyond, and to learn to ask helpful questions about our own worship practices that focus our attention on the deep meaning and purpose of worship. We expect that we will also learn something more about how to pray with greater understanding for those in our own communities and around the world where earthquakes, flooding, war, and violence bring so much suffering. And so we hope this conference is both practical and inspiring, both affirming and challenging.