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St. Michaels Conference 2020

Corona virus notice - As of the Ninth Sunday after the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, Sunday, August 9, we are still planning to hold the Conference, Deo volente.  Appropriate measures (social distancing, face masks, handwashing, etc.) will be implemented.  Pre-registration will be required to control the number in attendance.  Registration will open , and Conference flyers/registration forms will be mailed, the week of August 10.  Watch this page of our website for updates.

The 2020 St. Michael Liturgical Conference will be held on Monday, September 28.  This Twenty Third annual St. Michael Liturgical Conference will focus on the liturgical expression of the Holy Scriptures and Preaching.

The Keynote Presenter is the Rev. Dr. Burnell Eckardt.  Fr. Eckardt is the Pastor of St. Paul Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois.  He is the General Editor of Gottesdienst magazine.  Fr. Eckardt’s Keynote topic is ““Preaching & the Word of God: The Sermon as a Sacramental Attribute of the New Testament”

The Reverend Dr. Burnell Eckardt is Pastor of St. Paul’s Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Kewanee, Illinois. He received the Ph.D. from Marquette University and the S.T.M. from Concordia Theological Seminary. Fr. Eckardt is the General Editor of Gottesdienst: The Journal of the Lutheran Liturgy, and author of Every Day Will I Bless Thee: Meditations for the Daily Office; The New Testament in His Blood: A Study of the Holy Liturgy of the Christian Church; The Lutheran Propers, and Leave It Alone. You’ll Break It: Liturgical Observations.

The Rev. Dr. David Petersen, Pastor of Redeemer Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Fort Wayne, will preach at the Solemn Mass.

Q & A with Fr. Eckardt & Panel Discussion - Fr. Mark Braden, Pastor of Zion, will facilitate a Q & A period during which conference attendees can interact with Fr. Eckardt on his keynote presentation. A Panel Discussion by this years’ presenters, joined by several distinguished guests and select Gottesdienst editors, will follow the Q&A.

Afternoon papers will be presented by:

The Reverend Fr. Charles McClean serves as Pastor of Our Savior Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, he received his M. Div. and S.T.M. from Concordia Seminary. He is the author of The Conduct of the Services, and host of the annual St. Mark’s Conference. He recently celebrated his 50th anniversary of Ordination.

The Reverend Fr. Douglas Spittel is Senior Pastor of First Trinity Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Reverend Dr. Karl Fabrizius is Pastor of Our Fathers Evangelical-Lutheran Church and School of Greenfield, Wisconsin. He received his M. Div. from Concordia Theological Seminary, and his Ph.D. from Marquette University. He has served as Guest Professor for many years in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ghana, and taught in the Teacher Colloquy program at Concordia University Wisconsin. He is the author of a ten-volume set published by the Concordia Catechetical Institute, and is a Departmental Editor for Gottesdienst.

An Organ Recital by Dr. Emily Solomon, Cantor of Zion Evangelical-Lutheran Church, will be given in the Church in the afternoon.

Registration for the 2020 Conference will begin in July.  Registration will be by Eventbrite and by mail.  Registration forms for mail-in use will be posted to this website when registration opens.  Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, registration may be limited to provide for social distancing.

Recommended Conference Lodging is at the Hampton Inn, Allen Park, located at the intersection of I-94 and the Southfield Freeway.  The hotel is 10 minutes west of Zion by car.

For More Information contact the Zion Church Office at (313) 894-7450.