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Creating Jazz Liturgy Workshop

Feb. 27-29, 2012

Scarritt-Bennett Center - Nashville, TN

A workshop for pastors, church musicians, worship planners, seminary students, and others interested in jazz as legitimate music for worship. CEUs available.

Topics include:
- Conceptual understandings of worship and jazz
- Worship planning
- Selection of music, music arrangements and musicians
- Sources and resources
- Conversations with musicians and liturgists
- Actual worship experiences

Keynote speaker, Dr. Kwasi Kena is director of Evangelism Resources at the General Board of Discipleship, United Methodist Church and a jazz pianist.

Included in the leadership will be Sara Wentz, director of worship and music at Lawrence First United Methodist Church, Lawrence, Kansas and Carlton Maaia II, director of music at First Church of Christ, Congregational in Pittsfield, MA. Other Nashville musicians and worship leaders will also be part of the leadership team.

The retreat begins Monday evening with dinner and ends Wednesday afternoon with lunch. 

Commuter Package: Includes tuition, 6 meals and taxes - $227

Overnight Room Package: Includes 2 night's stay, tuition, 6 meals and taxes - $379

1.6 CEUs available for a fee of $50

More info: (615) 340-7540 or jsohl@scarrittbennett.org
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call (615) 340-7557, email aelliott@ScarrittBennett.org
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Kwasi KenaKeynote Speaker: Dr. Kwasi Kena
The Rev. Dr. Kwasi Kena is the Director of Evangelism Resources at the General Board of Discipleship and a clergy member of the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. He received a B.S. in business administration and management from Bradley University, a B.M. in piano performance from Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music, a M. Div. from Oral Roberts University and a D. Min in Afrocentric pastoring and preaching from United Theological Seminary. Rev. Kena is an elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference, where he served as the Congregational Development Coordinator. Prior to his present position, he served as the Field Services Director and General Editor at the General Commission on United Methodist Men. Rev. Kena’s other ministry experiences include: Annual Conference and administrative and visiting professor positions at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. He has also served as a General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) commissioned missionary to Ghana West Africa and a Missionary in Residence with GBGM in New York City. Rev. Kena is married to the Rev. Dr. Safiyah Fosua. The couple has two sons and two adorable grandchildren. 

Sara WentzSara Wentz
Sara has been a staff member at First united Methodist Church in Lawrence, Kansas  for 12 years and currently serves as the Director of Worship and Music Ministries. She is a member of a worship design subcommittee of the Kansas East Conference. Sara received her bachelor’s degree in organ and sacred music from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas and her master’s degree in choral conducting from the University of Kansas. 

Carlton Maaia IICarlton E. Maaia II
Carlton E. Maaia II was the 2010-2011 Musician-in-Residence at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee, where he helped begin Vespers and All That Jazz. He continues to arrange and supervise the music for that program from his home in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. He is the Minister of Music at First Church of Christ, Congregational in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is the Artistic Director of The BerkshireConcert Choir. He has music-directed productions at The Berkshire Theatre Festivalsince 2005 and has also taught for Barrington Stage Company. He was the Fine Arts Coordinator at Memorial United Methodist Church in White Plains, New York from 2005-2010 and was Director of Music at St. Mark’s Church in Pittsfield from 2002-2005.




Joyce Sohl