St. Michael's Conference 2019

The 2019 St. Michael's Liturgical Conference was held Monday, September 30, 2019.  We enjoyed record attendance!

St. Michael's Presenters Dinner 2019

(The 2019 Conference Presenters Dinner)

The Keynote Presenter for our 2019 conference was Fr. Roy Axel Coats, Pastor of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Baltimore, Maryland.  His topic was “Adiaphora and Modernity”.  The question of adiaphora has troubled the Church throughout her history. Fr. Coats  focused on one place and time, Leipzig around 1700, and explore the debate regarding adiaphora between the orthodox Valentin Alberti, the pietist Philipp Spener, and the modernist Christian Thomasius. He showed how this debate has shaped the modern world and the Liturgy of the Church up to our present day.

A copy of Fr. Coats' presentation can be downloaded here.

We were also pleased to welcome as presenters:

Fr. Charles McClean, Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Baltimore, Maryland, who presented on the life and work of Friedrich Lochner;

The Reverend Dr. Frank Pies, Senior Pastor Emeritus of Our Savior Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hartland, Michigan, who presented on the rite, rubrics and ceremony of Private Confession and Absolution;

The Reverend. Dr. Burnell Eckardt, Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois, who presented on the implications of the Atonement on the Pastoral task.

A copy of Dr. Eckardt's presentation can be downloaded here.

The Reverend Dr. David Petersen, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, Indiana, preached at the Solemn Mass for the Commemoration of St. Jerome.

All the presenters, the preacher, and Gottesdienst editors in attendance participatee in a Panel Discussion of the topics presented, and answered questions from the attendees.

An organ recital was performed by Zion's Cantor, Miss Emily Solomon.

New Hotel This Year!  This year Zion worked with the Hampton Inn, Allen Park (I-94 & the Southfield Freeway) on conference hotel rooms.  Zion  pre-booked a number of rooms.  A discount was available to conference attendees, but the room had to be booked through the Zion Church Office.  Call (313) 894-7450 for more information.

Conference information and registration forms have been mailed.  For more information, contact Fr. Braden or the Zion Church office.

To download the flyer for the 2019 conference, click here.