June 12 - Dallas, Texas


Challenges to Worship in a Post-Election Church”

A Workshop for Clergy, Musicians and Laypersons 

Sunday*- Monday

June 11*- 12, 2017

*See Worship Schedule

Co-Sponsored by

The Church Music Institute,

Association for Reformed & Liturgical Worship and

Brite Divinity School




Zion Lutheran Church

6121 E. Lovers Lane

Dallas, TX 75214

Informed by the past,

Committed to the present,

Preparing for the future.


The Church Music Institute is dedicated to the practice, advancement, and stewardship of the best liturgical and sacred music for worship for Christian congregations. The Institute offers educational courses, workshops, on-site and online resources, fosters conversation among musicians, pastors and laypersons, and sponsors research in the field of church music. Join!  Members have access to 13,000 titles of choral music searchable on 24 criteria and 2,000 organ pieces searchable by tune! 

Association for Reformed and Liturgical Worship, a voluntary association of congregations and individuals, covenants with God’s help, to cultivate, practice, and promote worship that offers a foretaste of the fullness of God’s Reign.

Brite Divinity School educates women and men to lead in the ministry of Christ’s church, the academy, and public life as witnesses to God’s reconciling and transforming love and justice.

Senseney Music is a full  line music dealer in Wichita, Kansas, offering print music, instruments, and pianos to church musicians and music educators. This independent music store has provided outstanding customer service from  an experienced staff for 33 years.  

CMI would like to thank the staff and congregation of our host church, Zion Lutheran, for graciously providing us with such a wonderful places to share our learning experience.


Dr. Charlotte Kroeker, Executive Director


Church Music Institute (214)751-7669



Sunday, June 11

6:30 p.m.               Packet Pickup and  Registration

Browse Senseney Music Store

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.  Choral Sing Through the Church Year (Sanctuary )

An inspiring choral tune-up and repertoire session of music covering all major seasons & festivals in the church year.  Free admission with Monday registration. 

9:00-9:15 p.m.    Compline (Sanctuary)

Monday, June 12                                

7:30-8:30 a.m.     Packet Pickup and Registration

                                    Browse Senseney Music Store

8:30-8:50 a.m.     Morning Prayer (Sanctuary)

9:00-9:55 a.m.     Breakout Sessions:

Discovering Best Practices Among Us:

What is Working and What is Hard Work?

                                    (A) Conversations with Rev. Dr. John Buchanan and Christopher Girata, D. Newell Williams                 

                                    (B) Conversations with music faculty

9:55-10:20 a.m.  Break

                        Refreshments and Browse Senseney Music Store           

10:30-11:25 a.m. Plenary Session:

“Worship as Subversive Activity”

                                    Rev. Dr. John Buchanan

11:30-12:25 a.m. Breakout Sessions:

(A)       Discussion of Plenary Session

with Rev. Dr. John Buchanan

(B) Challenging Choirs to Make Compelling Music with Quentin  and Mary Faulkner


12:30-1:30 p.m.  Lunch

Browse Senseney Music Store (Wesley Hall)

View Sacred Sound, documentary film of a RSCM training week with 50 girls  and 30 adults.

1:30-2:25 p.m.    Panel Discussion:

Given our complex world, how does excellent worship/music form us spiritually, create community, prepare us for service? Faculty +

2:30-3:25 p.m.    Breakout Sessions:

(A) Copyright Compliance Challenges for Church Leaders with T. Binkley--Discussion of the legal and ethical mandates of respecting copyright law while addressing issues specific to church musicians and worship planners.

(B) Handbells: Technical Foundations for Musical Results with Sueda Luttrell

(C) The Task of Preaching in a Difficult Cultural Environment: Can the Preacher be Both Prophet and Pastor? With Rev. Dr. John Buchanan      

3:30-3:45 p.m.    Evensong (Sanctuary)

3:45-5:00 p.m.    Fellowship:

Browse Senseney Music Store (Wesley Hall)

View Sacred Sound, documentary film of a RSCM training week with 50 girls  and 30 adults.



Rev. Timothy Binkley has served as archivist at Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, SMU, since 2009. Tim is an historian, minister, and archivist with 26 years of experience in museum work, church leadership, and the care and management of historical records.



Rev. Dr. John Buchanan is pastor emeritus of 4th Presbyterian, Chicago, where he was pastor for 26 years. He has held major leadership positions in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and was Editor/Publisher of The Christian Century for 15 years. He is author of three books, including A New Church for a New World and Being Church Becoming Community.



Quentin Faulkner is Professor of Music Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught organ and courses in church music. Prof. Faulkner has played many organ recitals in the U.S. and Europe. He is the author of J.S. Bach’s Keyboard Technique and Wiser than Despair. Mary Murrell Faulkner completed the degree D.M.A. at the University of Nebraska in 2000; she wrote her dissertation on the “Sun Organ” at Görlitz, Germany. Her organ teacher was the renowned Bach interpreter Prof. George Ritchie. She and her husband have collaborated in a CD, Duetto: Early Music for Keyboard - Four Hands.

The Rev. Dr. Christopher Girata has been Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels, Dallas, since June, 2016. His degrees are from Stetson, Emory, Virginia Theological Seminary, and a D.Min. from Duke University. A native of Florida, he is a classically trained musician and a recognized leader in the Episcopal Church.


Sueda Luttrell received the B.M. and M.M. degrees in Organ Performance from Baylor University. She is currently the Organist/Music Associate at Gambrell Street Baptist Church in Fort Worth. A handbell clinician at local, state, and national events, Sueda is a published author and a composer with sonologymusic.com, Lifeway Press, Red River Music, From the Top.


Terry Price is recently retired as director of music at Preston Hollow Presbyterian, Dallas. He has directed choirs at church music festivals in Coventry and Cambridge, England, Rome, Italy, and was Interim Director of the Dallas Symphony Chorus, 2009-10. In 2015 he was given the Texas Choir Master Award,Texas Choral Directors Assn.’s highest award, the first church musician to receive the award.


D. Newell Williams, President and Professor Church History, Brite Divinity School since 2003, is author/editor of five books and numerous articles and essays. Dr. Williams is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) with degrees from Vanderbilt (Ph.D. & M.A.) and U. of Tulsa.


Rev.Dr. Robert Preece                                               Sam Eatherton

Prayer services led by Rev. Dr. Robert Preece, Sr. Pastor, and Mr. Sam Eatherton, Minister of Music, Zion Lutheran Church.