Manna for the People: Cultivating Creative Resources for Worship in the Wilderness
Facilitators: Paul Vasile, MaryAnn McKibben Dana, and LeeAnn Hodges
In this 24-hour addendum to the National Gathering, we will explore together how improvisation and singing open up life-giving spaces for creative engagement with our sacred texts and the gathered community.
We will delve into this year’s Eastertide passages from John. These stories offer a poetic telling of the mystery of the resurrected Christ and the embodiment of the Spirit.
We will use the tools of improvisation and the practice of paperless communal singing to break open these ancient stories, bridge the gap between our understanding of the Gospel and how we are called to live it out in the world, and provide space for worship leaders to get a jump start on planning for the season of Eastertide.
We will play, we will create, and we will reflect. Come prepared for an extraordinary time of learning and integration following the experience of the NEXT Church National Gathering.
Paul Vasile is a freelance church musician, consultant, and composer based in New York City. A multitalented musician and dynamic worship leader, he is committed to building, renewing, and re-shaping faith communities through music and liturgy.
MaryAnn McKibben Dana is a writer, speaker, coach, and “free-range pastor” living in Reston, VA. She was co-chair of NEXT Church for two years, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader throughout the church.
LeAnn Hodges is the pastor of Oaklands Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MD. She is passionate about congregational transformation, with a background in organizational development, family systems, leadership coaching, and improv.