Marty Haugen is a liturgical composer, workshop presenter, performing and recording artist, and author from Eagan, Minnesota. For the past 30 years, Marty has presented hundreds of workshops and concerts across North and Central America, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim. He has over 30 recordings and more than 400 separate printed editions available through GIA Publications, Inc. and other publishers. He has a number of published mass settings for Roman Catholic communities, including Mass of Creation, and several worship settings for Lutheran congregations, including Holden Evening Prayer and Now the Feast and Celebration, as well as a communion setting for the new Evangelical Worship Book (ELW-Augsburg Fortress).
Marty has served as an editor or consultant to a number of GIA hymnals and has been a contributor to hymnals or supplements for many denominational groups including the ELCA and ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and Canada), the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church USA, the Mennonite Brethren, the United Church of Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the United Church of Canada, the Church of England, the Church of Scotland, and Roman Catholic groups in Great Britain, Canada, Ireland, and Australia.
The regular rhythm of liturgical, sacramental, community worship is the source and summit of the Christian's faith journey. Authentic worship is always in dialogue with the world in which it exists; it must be grounded within an historical and cultural context. What we say and do and confess in worship must be deeply and faithfully connected to how we speak and act in the world in which we live. This session looks at what makes for authentic and faithful worship and how that worship shapes our life in the world.
All baptized Christians are called to be ministers--to labor and live as the voice and hands of Jesus for the life of the world. Regardless of our gifts and talents, our calling is clear--to serve as Jesus did. This session looks at seven key aspects of Jesus' ministry and considers how his life and work and teachings provide a template for our own life of service.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer called the book of Psalms "the prayerbook of Jesus." For millennia the psalms have been a rich treasure of prayer, song and wisdom for Jews and Christians alike, a true and profound and poetic "prayerbook" for every season and occasion of our life-long journey of faith. This session will look at the variety of psalms and their varied uses in personal and community prayer.
The paschal mystery is truly revealed in its fullness when all Christians embrace their unity in Christ as expressed through their varied and unique cultural expressions. This workshop/reading session provides a rationale for the inclusion of a multitude of cultural expressions. It also offers suggestions on how elements of enculturation can best be introduced into a community and give all participants a chance to sings and experience a variety of solid and creative musical resources from the world church.
This workshop/reading session explores the nature of ritual music, especially within the Eucharistic celebration--what it is, how it can be evaluated and how ministers can choose and present it most effectively within community prayer. Musical examples will be used to demonstrate a variety of creative approaches (the music presented can be tailored to offer resources for one or more specific seasons of the liturgical year).
We have all known difficult times, as individuals, as members of various communities and as a nation. How do we sing our faith in times of crisis, doubt and grief? This session will explore music and prayer forms that can both individuals and communities in their movement from lament, through metanoia into healing and renewal.
Just as music within the liturgy is at the service of the Word, the Rite and the gathered assembly, so those of us who choose and lead music within worship must also be formed and guided by the Word proclaimed, the Rites celebrated and the assembly gathered. It requires skill, determination, patience, sensitivity and grace to build and maintain a good parish music program. This workshop takes a very practical approach to developing musicians as effective and inspiring leaders, whether they are playing or singing, alone or within an ensemble. It is a "nuts and bolts" session, addressing the recruitment and training of instrumental and vocal ensembles and cantors, rehearsals, teaching new music to assemblies, and the spiritual formation of the liturgical musician. Depending on the needs of participants, other issues can also be addressed, such as instrumental arranging, presentation skills or environmental issues, such as visual and audio placement, acoustics and sound reinforcement.