Bifrost Arts Conference
“The Cry of the Poor”
From day one, I have appreciated the (sadly) unique vision for worship that is cast by Bifrost Arts and their leader, Isaac Wardell. This year’s theme is “The Cry of the Poor,” and here’s their description:
This year’s Bifrost conference will explore the intersection of worship, community, and mercy. Speakers will include Makoto Fujimura (Director of International Arts Movement), John Witvliet (Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship), Greg Thompson (fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture), and Frère Emmanuel (brother from the worshipping community of Taize), as well as other panels and workshops.
We are also excited to have music from Sandra McCracken, Philadelphia Choral Arts, the Bifrost Arts Ensemble, and The Welcome Wagon. We hope you can join us!
“Worship and justice” is a heavily explored theme in Scripture (especially the prophets), and under-appreciated in modern Western culture. We need conferences like this. The other value of a gathering like this one is that they elevate the “worship” discussion above merely music and technology (often the dominant themes of mainstream worship conferences) to issues of art, beauty, aesthetics, liturgy, and social action and concern.
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For more thoughts and ideas, check out Cardiphonia’s post about it.