02/04/2023 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Ascension Lutheran Church
7100 N Mockingbird Ln
Paradise Valley AZ 85253
$65 ($30 full-time students)
Lorraine Brugh

Culture Matters: Seeing Worship Through Another’s Eyes

Head to sunny Paradise Valley, Arizona this February for a workshop exploring music from a variety of cultures. Using current worship resources, we will discuss cultural practices, theological ideas embedded in poetry and songs, and performance practice as we learn and sing church music from around the world. The day will include worship, presentations, communal singing, and discussion.

8:30 – Registration
9:00 – Opening worship
9:30 – Introduction and outline of the day
9:45 – Singing Another’s Song – Theological and Musical Foundations
10:30 – Refreshment break
10:50 – Hymn sing
11:30 – Conversation: How do we decide what our congregations will sing?
12:00 – Lunch
12:45 – Architectural Tour of Ascension
1:15 – Hymn sing
1:45 – Singing one another’s song in Lent
2:30 – Closing discussion
2:45 – Closing Song and Prayer

Presenter Bios
Kate Adelman is Pastor and Development Director of the Navajo Lutheran Mission Center for Development, Rock Point, AZ.

Lorraine Brugh is Senior Research Professor at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Both Kate and Lorraine are past presidents of ALCM.

Additional Events in the Area

The Phoenix Symphony presents “Fireworks” with Carlos Izcaray conducting
Friday, February 3, 7:30 pm | Saturday, February 4, 2023 7:30PM | Sunday, February 5, 2023 2:00PM
Tickets ($71-$104)

GIOVANNI GABRIELI Canzona per sonare No. 2
GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351
GABRIELA LENA FRANK Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout
SERGEI PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony, Op. 25 (Symphony No. 1)

Music Instrument Museum
4725 E. Mayo Blvd. Phoenix, AZ
Open every day 9-5

McCormick Stillman Railroad Park

Cosanti Originals
Monday-Saturday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Old Town Scottsdale

Desert Parks and Mountain Preserves


Hotel Accommodations

The McCormick Scottsdale

Traveling participants may reserve a room at The McCormick Scottsdale (.9 miles from Ascension Lutheran Church) for a Special Workshop/Vacation Resort Rate of $219 per night. Enjoy close/walking distance to the church, restaurants, McCormick railroad park, and hiking either Mummy or Camelback Mountains. 

You may reserve a room at this rate online. For convenience you may quickly reserve a room for the night of February 3 here. If you are planning to stay for more than that night go to www.mccormickscottsdale.com, enter your dates of stay, and use the GROUP code 230302CHURCH. You may also call 480-948-5050 to reserve your ALCM workshop/vacation rate.

About the Hotel

The McCormick Scottsdale Resort is an idyllic retreat. Our resort setting on the shores of Camelback Lake, overlooking the Camelback Mountain guarantees splendid views.  At our lakeside hotel, convenient to Phoenix and Paradise Valley, Arizona, we live up to the warm southwestern hospitality. Enjoy the scenic, sunset shores of Camelback Lake by kayak, or tee off your adventure at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club, before relaxing in our outdoor pool accompanied by stunning mountain views. Our Scottsdale hotel suites range from a simple yet spacious Standard Room to a Deluxe Mountain or Lakeside Room with some 400 sq ft of space in a picturesque setting.

Our resort is ideally located on 480 acres of pristine golf course within the McCormick Ranch Golf Club and are the only lakeside resort in Scottsdale, with even our own private beach for guests to enjoy. We offer canoes, kayaks, fishing gear, and bikes for guests to use and make the most of their trip to beautiful Scottsdale.

Explore downtown Scottsdale, just minutes away with world-class shopping, upscale dining and art galleries and museums such as the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or the Heard Museum – Housing one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of Native American art and anthropology. Also nearby, discover the Sonoran Desert and the Desert Botanical Garden, with over 15,000 desert plants in a spectacular outdoor setting or Phoenix Zoo, home to some 1,300 animals from around the world.

Sonesta Simply Suites – Scottsdale North

Traveling participants may also reserve a room at Sonesta Simply Suites (12 minute drive from Ascension Lutheran Church) for a Special Workshop/Vacation Resort Rate ($149/night for a studio queen suite, $259/night for a two-bedroom suite with two queen beds).

You may reserve a room at this rate online. For convenience you may quickly reserve a room for the night of February 3 here. If you are planning to stay for more than one night go to use the same link and change the dates at the top. If you call to reserve a room, mention that you would like to use the Ascension Lutheran rate.