Join us for an amazing opportunity to connect and build community through singing. The Diocese of Southern Ohio and Praxis Communities are sponsoring a three-day training June 28-30 to learn the principles of engaging faith communities in singing as a spiritual practice. The training is offered by Music that Makes Community, a non-profit organization that works with ecumenical communities and leaders to empower and liberate their spiritual life through singing.

During the training, we will explore the ancient and new practice of paperless music leadership, sharing songs as people did before music or words were written down. Renew and revive your worship with a style of music making that is fresh and engaging to people of all ages and musical experiences. You will learn practical skills and strategies for incorporating and leading paperless song leading as a resource for your faith communities.

You will also discover innovative strategies for bridging the traditional vs. contemporary music debate and building more vibrant community and worship experiences! Connect with like-minded leaders and find great resources for building a repertoire of songs that can be lead with groups of mixed ages and musical experiences.

The music and practices shared through this training are grounded in a theology of welcome and generosity for the benefit of musicians, clergy, congregants, students and lay leaders who want to use the practice to enrich and enliven their worship and community life.

We will have four Music that Makes Community trainers leading this event – Paul Vasile (Executive Director of MMC), Ana Hernandez, Emily Scott and Charles Murphy. To find out more about Music that Makes Community, visit http://www.musicthatmakescommunity.org

The three-day workshop for clergy, church musicians, choir members, lay leaders or anyone who loves to sing, begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28 and ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 30. The training will take place at Calvary Church, Clifton.

To register visit http://www.musicthatmakescommunity.org/mmc_at_calvary_cincinnati. The cost of training is discounted from $600 to $300 for people from the Diocese of Southern Ohio. Just use the code – DSO – when you register!

We are also offering a one-day workshop on July 1 for congregational teams eager to explore Holistic Leadership Practices for music and liturgy. This workshop is a great taste of Music that Makes Community and will especially focus on how to integrate this kind of music into worship and broaden leadership for lay members of our faith communities. The event will be led in part by Emily Scott, founding pastor of St. Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn, NY.

The one-day workshop is being held Saturday, July 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary, Clifton. Cost is $50, which includes refreshments, a light lunch, and workshop materials. Click here for more information and registration: http://www.musicthatmakescommunity.org/holistic_leadership_practices

The Saturday event and a (free) Friday evening community sing are included if you register for the full MMC training June 28-30!

If you need a scholarship or your church would like to send a team of people to this workshop, please contact the Rev. Jane Gerdsen, Missioner for Fresh Expressions and Praxis Communities for more information.  jgerdsen@diosohio.org.

If you would like to print out copies of the informational brochure, please download it here (19MB – right-click and save to your device or click to open).