2004: Singing Mary’s Song: Practices of the Upside-Down Reign of God



Singing Mary’s Song: Practices of the Upside-Down Reign of God


July 19-21, 2004


DePaul University Campus
Lincoln Park, Chicago

Plenary Speakers

Catherine Wallace, Jonathan Wilson, Amy Laura Hall


“My soul magnifies the Lord!” sang Mary in response to the good news of incarnation (Luke 2:46-55). Her song is a gospel text that has inspired radical discipleship in the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist traditions for centuries. This year the annual gathering of The Ekklesia Project will allow Mary’s song to focus our reflection on practices of allegiance to Jesus Christ.

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Workshops will look at key practices of discipleship, each one led by a pastor-scholar team:

Emergent Church and Evangelism
Praising God as Congregational Practice
The Practice of Giving and Receiving Hospitality
The Practice of Economic Sharing
Telling the Ekklesia Project Story

Ekklesia Project members will lead us in morning and evening worship. This includes:

An evening ‘hymn sing’ led by Beth Newman and Brent Laytham. The hymn sing is a popular form in some Protestant traditions. It includes singing together favorite hymns, special music, and testimony. In the hymn sing, we hope to share together musical treasures from our several traditions.

An evening ‘Taize service.’ This worship centers on singing simple scriptural choruses in the context of multi-sensory worship. It was developed as a mode of worship suitable for Christians gathered from many different ecclesial traditions, nations and language groups.

A morning performance of Tom Finger’s new musical composition based on the Magnificat.

As always, there will be much opportunity for fellowship and conversation, as we seek to renew and celebrate our calling to live in full allegiance to the Lord of the church.

Plenary speaker bios:

Catherine Wallace is a noted author on the topics of motherhood and family as Christian vocation. Her books include Selling Ourselves Short (Brazos), Motherhood in the Balance and For Fidelity. She is Writer in Residence at Seabury-Western Seminary in Chicago, and has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan.

Jonathan Wilson is the author of God So Loved the World, Gospel Virtues and Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World. He is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Acadia Divinity School in Nova Scotia. His presentation arises from a forthcoming book on gospel peacemaking.

Amy Laura Hall works extensively in the field of reproductive ethics. She is currently researching the rise in the last century of the medically enhanced child and the scientifically calibrated family. She is author of Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love, and is Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School.