Workshops

Below is the tentative list of sixteen (16) seminar and workshop offerings slated for Saturday.
This list will be updated as needed.

PURCHASE TICKETS
To purchase tickets for these seminars, visit our Tickets page for more details. One ticket is good for admission to all workshops.

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Discussion: Writing Songs for the Real World

Led by: Charlie Peacock, Sara Groves and more
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The Culture Stream: How Our Nation Is Shaped

Led by: Bill Wichterman, Wedgwood Circle

About the Workshop
Culture defines the shape and destiny of nations.  Though many people mistakenly believe that politics defines a nation, culture is upstream from politics.  The heart of a people — our moral imagination — is shaped by narrative, songs, and art.  Christians must be culture-makers if we hope to restrain evil and advance justice.  Wedgwood Circle is dedicated to that proposition. Come hear about what you can do to shape our nation.

About Bill
Bill Wichterman is Sr. Legislative Advisor at Covington & Burling LLP.  Additionally, he has more than 22 years of experience in Capitol Hill politics, working in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. He is co-founder of Wedgwood Circle, an angel investment network that seeks to encourage investment in commercially viable mainstream arts and entertainment that lifts up the good, the true, and the beautiful.  
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The Healing Power of Art & Creativity

Led by: Katie Keister & Connally Gilliam

About the Workshop
Creativity is one aspect of our image-bearing of the triune God.  We believe that creativity exploration and expression can be a source of personal transformation and wholeness (wellness).  In particular, creating visual narratives is one of the ways our brains become more integrated and make sense of the world we’ve been created to inhabit.

PART 1 – In the first session of this workshop we will address the theological foundation for creativity as well as the science of how the workings of our brain (neurobiology), creative expression, and story are connected and contribute to wellness & transformation.  We will discuss and then guide participants in practical exercises for exploring and doing.

PART 2 – The second session will provide opportunities to practice creativity exploration and expression.  We will guide participants in working with images, colors and shapes to develop imaginal awareness and visual expression.  We will provide a bibliography and sources for those who wish to pursue further exploration.

About Connally
Connally lives with two great couples in Arlington, VA in what she jokingly calls “an upscale commune.”  She is on staff with the US Navigators, working in conjunction with Restoration Anglican Church to reach out–with hands, feet, and word–to the broader local community.  She is the author of the book, Revelations of a Single Woman: loving the life i didn’t expect, and perhaps more to the point of this workshop, ever since her undergrad experience at UVa and her seminary work at Regent College, she has been exploring the relationship between image, truth, and beauty.  Plus, she likes to paint!

About Katie
Katie Keister has been a lifelong learner in fiber arts, expressive arts, creativity, and faith. She has also taught math, science and art at the elementary and middle school level. Her undergraduate studies reflected a desire to integrate human biology, psychology and faith. In a recent graduate program in counseling, she has focused on the integration of Interpersonal Neurobiology, creativity and faith. Her current creative interests include bookmaking, natural dyeing and felting.
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The Many Sides of a Songwriter

Led by: Sara Groves

About the Workshop
What are the responsibilities of artistic people in God’s kingdom?  Sara Groves reflects on the challenges of navigating advocacy, art, career, calling and family life all in the context of the songwriter.

About Sara
Sara Groves, a former high school teacher in her native Rosemont, MN, burst onto the gospel scene at the dawn of the new millennium with her fresh vocals and spiritual songwriting. READ MORE >
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The Real You (for High School and Middle School Girls Only)

Led by: Sara Groves

About this Workshop
Sara will share stories from her own life to illustrate the promise that God has designed you perfectly, with a specific purpose in mind. You are his beautiful, unique creation!
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Real Girls Beyond You (for middle school and high school girls only)

Led by: Lauren Johnson, IJM

About the Workshop
What is injustice? Many of us today grow up far removed from the vulnerabilities and poverty that make human trafficking and oppression possible. Lauren will share about the courage and hope of modern-day girls who once lived in slavery, and how their stories compel us to draw closer to our loving Father and to courageously respond to His call to seek justice and rescue the oppressed.

About Lauren
Lauren Johnson has worked with International Justice Mission’s Church Mobilization Team since 2008. IJM is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. Prior to joining IJM, Lauren worked with the International Rescue Committee in Dallas, where she helped with resource development initiatives. Lauren holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Texas A&M University and is from Corpus Christi, Texas.
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The Artist as Creator, Servant, Prophet

Led by: Charlie Peacock

About this Workshop
Storied living, empowered by love, makes the world a beautiful place. What are the privileges and responsibilities of the artist who seeks to “tell a story” in creative ways? Charlie will share from his lifetime of creating, which spans a range of art forms, from music to film.

About Charlie
Charlie Peacock (born Charles William Ashworth, August 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, pianist, record producer, session musician, author, and advocate for social justice. He is often noted as a unique musical and lyrical voice, intelligent, innovative, and difficult to categorize. His resume includes touring artist, much-recorded songwriter, record producer, record company president, seminary student, jazz pianist, and Sr. A&R consultant to mega-music publisher, Sony/ATV. READ MORE >

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The Art and Work of Caring

Led by: Andi Ashworth

About the Workshop
Caring for human life is deeply tied to following Jesus in the ways of love, but is also a labor and lifestyle that’s often undervalued and misunderstood. How do we connect the call to “love our neighbor as we love ourselves” with the everyday people and places of our lives?  This seminar will look at what it means to recover the art of caring for our time.

About Andi
Andi is the author of Real Love for Real Life: The Art and Work of Caring. Her favorite things include books, writing, cooking, gardening, artful living, children, grandchildren and her husband Charlie Peacock.

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The Gift of Suffering: God’s Good Use of our Pain

Led by: Elizabeth Fitch

About the Workshop
What if, instead of shining talent and success, your life is filled with pain and sorrow? Maybe it’s the loss of a job or the death of someone you love. Maybe it’s a tough marriage or a divorce or loneliness. Maybe it’s cancer. Could it be that these very things, the things we dread most, can be our greatest gifts? Might we find that, when we are unmoored and taken far beyond our comfortable bounds, our soul’s capacity for God and for each other mysteriously enlarged – that in the prison of suffering we find freedom from the stifling confines of self?

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth is an author, mentor and personal coach who teaches seminars and leads retreats designed to encourage others to explore new vistas in emotional, relational and spiritual growth. She currently serves on the boards of the C. S. Lewis Institute and the Institute for Religion and Culture. She is also an attorney who manages a family-owned business. She and her husband Wray live in McLean, VA and have three adult children.

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What Do I Have to Offer? Using Your Gifts for the Kingdom

Led by: Nar Taing, TFC Outreach

About the Workshop
Are you someone who has felt burdened with the command to “love our neighbors” but has not been sure how to make this possible with an over packed schedule? Do you question your usefulness in ministry to others? Come discuss these and other questions with us while we explore ways to live out God’s calling to mission with our gifts and our passions.   Don’t worry, this seminar will not burden you with more things to do! Instead, I pray this seminar will help you discover your own passions, gifting, and talents and figure out how to use it to be Christ and a source of change in your own community. Come and be inspired by stories of how others have used what they enjoy doing, to love and serve the Lord.

About Nar
Nar Taing has been serving as the Local Outreach Coordinator at The Falls Church (TFC) since February 2007. At TFC, Nar provides council to the homeless and the needy, works with local area pastors to coordinate efforts to address the needs of our local neighbors, and works with church volunteers to develop programs that will help fill the gap in services in our community.  Prior to serving at TFC she worked at Little Lights Urban Ministries in Southeast DC as a grant writer and fundraiser. Nar has a Political Science degree from Amherst College and she feels so blessed do what she does everyday.

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Story and Responsibility – The Art of Pictures and Words

Led by: Ted Haddock, Jim Wildman

About the Workshop
Jim Wildman, Senior Producer at NPR’s Morning Edition, and Ted Haddock, Director of Photography at International Justice Mission, discuss the art and responsibility of good storytelling in a broken world. They’ll walk through examples of recent field work in India and Afghanistan.

Jim will refer to this story from his work last summer in Afghanistan during the presidential election.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=111605691

Ted will describe recent IJM casework that liberated slaves in South Asia. Similar stories are highlighted here:
http://www.needmagazine.com/Issue04/work01.html

About Jim and Ted
Ted is the Director of Photography for International Justice Mission (IJM), where he works as a voice for those who would otherwise go without one, by telling the victim’s stories of abuse, oppression and rescue through powerful images from their daily lives. Ted received his B.A in Fine Arts from Furman University and his M.F.A. in photography at Indiana University.

Jim Wildman is a Senior Producer for NPR’s Morning Edition. He and his colleagues seek excellence in telling stories with depth about people, events, ideas, and culture. His work has taken him from the headlines in Afghanistan and Iraq, to interviews about political opinion along U.S. Route 50, to stories about police officers, students, hardware store owners, football players, and many others in communities in between.

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Arts and Community Transformation

Led by: Christy Yates | Gordon College

About the Workshop
Community activists and developers have known for awhile the power of the arts to bring healing and transformation to our communities. But, while creativity is central to the life of faith, the church has often had a tenuous relationship with the arts. Come learn about how the arts can be used to overcome social divisions, spur economic development and bring beauty and hope to your community.

About Christy
Christy is the Associate Director of Gordon-In-Lynn, associated with Gordon College, Massachusetts. She trains student interns in social justice and community development. She is passionate about the intersection of faith, the arts, and sustainable community development. She and her husband Chris live in Lynn, MA with their three children.

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Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts

Led by: Rev. Bill Haley

About the Workshop
God created humans for a purpose, and the Fall happened with great consequence. Understanding these truths deeply enables us to better hear God’s call to us to be co-participants in his ongoing work of creation and redemption. This session will further explore a biblical theology for both the arts and justice, demonstrate their connection, and provide direction for incorporating our work in both areas as an expression of our spirituality.

About Bill
Rev. Bill Haley is currently the Rector of St. Brendan’s in the City in Washington DC and Associate Rector at The Falls Church, where he’s been since 1996.  He is a Senior Fellow with The Washington Institute, and formerly publisher of “Re:generation Quarterly.”   With Tara and their four kids, he lives at Corhaven in the Shenandoah Valley, a center for spiritual retreat and creation care.
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Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

Led by: Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute)

About the Workshop
Americans give away over $300 B to charity each year. If the U.S. charity market were a stand alone economy, it would represent the 30th largest GDP in the world, exceeding those of countries like South Africa and Ireland. Though large, the philanthropic sector has been called a non-rational capital market where funding intended to solve some of the most complicated global problems is often unlocked by emotions and social capital instead of evidence of actual effectiveness. This seminar will explore the role of private philanthropy in funding the areas of art, music and justice while asking some questions along the way…As stewards of resources and agents of redemption, how should we as donors, grantmakers, consumers and advocates think and act when it comes to generosity? How is religious giving different from secular giving? Where do we look for examples of ways forward in this area? Are good intentions enough?

About Heidi
For over 15 years, Heidi Metcalf Little has worked extensively in both domestic and international policy arenas. She has taken a leading role in developing policy, philanthropic granting strategies, and public-private partnerships addressing global issues including HIV/AIDS, anti-human trafficking and disaster relief, as well as domestic issues such as foster care, workforce development, and public safety.

Heidi currently serves as Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute where she is responsible for managing the center and the publishing of the Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, the only comprehensive report of private financial flows from developed countries to the developing world.

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Poverty In Africa, What You Can Do

Led by: Jena Nardella, Blood:Water Mission, Troy Groves, Shep Owen, Food for the Hungry

About Jena, Troy and Shep
Jena Nardella (Executive Director, Blood:Water Mission), Troy Groves (husband and manager of Sara Groves, co-sponsor of the village of Gisanga, Rwanda through Food for the Hungry), Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry, Kenya Director)

About the Workshop
In news reports and stories we hear only about the problems that Africa is facing: poverty, illness, corruption, natural catastrophes, etc. But there is another side, a side of hope. Millions of Africans are living inspired lives and just need a bit of extra help. Lives are being changed and everyday Africans are carrying hope into hopeless places. The good news is that you can be a part of their efforts to transform their families, communities, and nations. You can be transformed through this process as well.

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PURCHASE TICKETS
To purchase tickets for these seminars, visit our Tickets page for more details. One ticket is good for admission to all workshops.

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An Evening of Discussion & Next Steps | Tues Apr 27 at 7:30PM

Come discuss what you’ve heard at Art Music Justice and consider your next step — joining a small group, participating in local and global outreach, performing music or creating art. This event is free and open to all. Pizza and drinks will be served.

CALENDAR

FRIDAY APRIL 16

  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Sara Groves
  • 7:30p
    Sara Groves concert

SATURDAY APRIL 17

  • 8:00a
    Registration/Doors Open – Nicholson Hall
  • Resource Center Open – Upper Narthex
  • 9:00a
    Opening Plenary – Historic Church
  • 10:00a
    Break
  • 10:15a-11:00a
    Session I Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” – Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Lauren Johnson (International Justice Mission) “Real Girls Beyond You.” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 11:00a-11:15a
    Break
  • 11:15a-12:00p
    Session II Begins
  • Charlie Peacock “The Artist as Creator, Servant, and Prophet” – Nicholson
  • Heidi Metcalf Little (Hudson Institute) “Global Philanthropy: Why Good Intentions Aren’t Enough” – Modular I
  • Christy Yates (Gordon College) “Justice Begins at Home” – Modular II
  • Elizabeth Fitch “Poetry from Pain/God’s Good Use of Our Brokenness” Rooms 116/117
  • Ted Haddock (International Justice Mission) and Jim Wildman (National Public Radio) “Telling Stories with Words and Pictures” – Choir Room
  • Troy Groves/Shep Owen (Food for the Hungry Intl)/Jena Nardella (Blood:WaterMission) “Poverty in Africa, What You Can Do” – Southgate 106
  • Sara Groves “The Real You” – Southgate 112 [Cornerstone and Crossroads Girls only]
  • 12:00p-1:00p
    Lunch Break
  • 1:00p-2:00p
    Plenary – Historic Church
  • 2:00p-2:15p
    Break
  • 2:15a-3:00p
    Session III Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 3:00p-3:15p
    Break
  • 3:15a-4:00p
    Session IV Begins
  • Sara Groves “The Many Sides of a Songwriter” – Nicholson Hall
  • Rev. Bill Haley “Theology and Spirituality for AMJ: Owning Our Dignity, Anticipating Our Destiny, Releasing Our Gifts”- Modular I
  • Bill Wichterman, (Wedgwood Circle) “The Culture Stream: How Our Nation is Shaped” – Modular II
  • Andi Ashworth “The Art and Work of Caring” – Choir Room
  • Katie Keister and Connally Gilliam “The Healing Power of Art & Creativity PART I” – Southgate 104
  • Nar Tiang (The Falls Church, Outreach Department) “Who is My Neighbor? Local Justice Opportunities” – Southgate 106
  • 4:00p-5:00p
    Resource Center Open
  • 6:30p
    Doors open for Jars of Clay
  • 7:30p
    Jars of Clay Concert

SUNDAY APRIL 18

  • 11a
    Sunday Service – Worship Service, to include special music & messages from Sara Groves and more
  • 1p
    Lunch with Local Ministry Partners and Shep Owen – Director, Kenya for Food for the Hungry (Location: Fellowship Hall)