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How Can We Sing a New Song?

Presenter - Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Our 2022 presenter will be Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, a “psalmist” who was with us to do music a few years ago. Since the pandemic, Richard has expanded his work to help congregations learn to operate faithfully and joyfully in this new worship environment. Read more...

Location

The location for the sessions with Richard, worship, and some other fellowship activities is Lutherdale Ministries, which is outside of Elkhorn, WI. There will also be options for fellowship activities in the area around Elkhorn and the nearby resort area of Lake Geneva. Read more...

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Deacon Cheryl

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Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

Our 2022 Professional Leaders Conference presenter is Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, a psalmist making adventurous and imaginative music for the ever-evolving church.

A composer and musician, he serves across denominations inviting a perspective of lifelong spiritual formation to community singing. He also loves dumb jokes and is always ready to hear one. He has recorded several albums of original worship music, and his hymns have been published by the UCC, ELCA, UMC, and PCUSA.

Richard earned his M.A. in Theology and the Arts from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities and is currently working on his DMin through Eden Seminary in St. Louis.

Since 2004, his central vocation has been immersion in the Psalms, studying, teaching, singing, and creating new congregational songs for all 150. He teaches Psalms at several seminaries, workshops at events, and local churches and he is the weekly Psalm Correspondent for the Pulpit Fiction podcast.

Faves: bosc pears, the Beatles, laughter, blue, Thursdays, naps, Star Wars.

He lives with his wife and teenage son in Strawberry Point, Iowa.

The topics of his four Plenary Sessions are:

  • Presentation I – “Singing a New Song of Praise”
  • Presentation II – “Singing a New Song of Lament”
  • Presentation III – “Singing a New Song of Deep Change”
  • Presentation IV - “A Psalm-Centered Worship Life”

Richard will also be with us during “Free” Time, and additional options to work with Richard will be available – more information to follow.

Lodging Options

On-site Housing at Lutherdale

  • Hope Conference Center sleeping rooms, 20 available, at a cost of $80 per night per room. Each has an ensuite bath.  (If two people are sharing a room in the Hope Center, contact Dn. Cheryl before registering to get the discount code for the second person in the room.)
  • Watson Retreat Center single (or shared) rooms with a shared bathroom across the hall for $40/night, per person, 15 available.

Off-Site Housing

Options in Elkhorn, a 10-mile drive from Lutherdale. We have arranged for special rates in two hotels in Elkhorn: 

  • Hampton by Hilton (link goes directly to our special rate)
    40 West Hidden Trail, Elkhorn, WI 53121
    262-743-2360
    Rate: $85 per night, plus 11.5% in taxes
    Deadline to reserve a room at this rate: 08/18/2022
    Distance from Lutherdale to the Hampton: 6.2 miles, estimated 9-minute drive
  • Holiday Inn Express
    200 W. O’Connor, Elkhorn, WI 53121
    262-723-1888
    Rate: $89 per night, plus 11.5% in taxes
    Deadline to reserve a room at this rate: 08/18/2022
    Distance from Lutherdale to the Holiday Inn Express: 10 miles, estimated 14-minute drive

Registration Notes:

Registration fee only, no housing at Lutherdale: $90 (includes costs of the event and Monday and Tuesday lunches in the Lutherdale Dining Hall.) If you are staying off-site, breakfast is not included.

The registration plus housing in the Hope Center or the Watson Retreat Center options includes the cost of the event, Monday and Tuesday lunches in the Lutherdale Dining Hall, and Tuesday and Wednesday breakfasts in the Lutherdale Dining Hall. Here are the totals for those two options:

Registration with housing in the Hope Center: $268.00 

Registration with housing the Watson Retreat Center: $188.00

Retired rostered ministers receive 50% off the registration fee. Contact Dn. Cheryl for the discount code to use when registering. 

To register, please click on the "Register" button above. The housing at Lutherdale is booked through the registration form and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The housing off-site is booked directly through the hotels. You may choose either one of the hotels with reserved blocks, or feel free to investigate other options.

Please make sure that you have read through the options before clicking “Register” on the second page of the form.

Schedule for the 2022 PLC:

Monday, September 19

9:30 a.m.                     Check-in for participants at Lutherdale – Hope Center

10:45 a.m.                   Worship – Hope Center

12:00 p.m.                   Noon Meal - Dining Hall

1:00-2:30 p.m.            Presentation I – “Singing a New Song of Praise” – Richard Bruxvoort Colligan - Chapel

2:30 p.m. -                  Free Time – Sign up activities available both on and off-site

Supper on your own in the area (additional information regarding supper groups*)

                                    Refreshments and social time on the Lutherdale campus

7:30 p.m.                     Optional activities for those interested, back at Lutherdale – Currently planned:

        • Campfire with camp song sing-a-long – outdoor, weather permitting
        • Drumming circle – Octavio Campos - Hope Center Deck
        • Games in Hope Center or Dining Hall – self-directed

8:30 p.m.                     Night Prayer, outside, weather permitting

Tuesday, September 20

8:10 a.m.                     Breakfast (for those staying at camp; those staying off-campus, eat at their hotel)

9-10:30 a.m.                Presentation II – “Singing a New Song of Lament” -- Richard Bruxvoort Colligan - Chapel

10:45 a.m.                  Worship – Hope Center

12:00 pm                     Noon Meal   - Dining Hall

1-2:30 pm                   Time with the Bishop – Hope Center or Chapel

2:45 – 4 p.m.               Presentation III – “Singing a New Song of Deep Change” -- Richard Bruxvoort Colligan - Chapel

4:00 p.m.                     Free Time: Sign up activities available both on and off site

Supper on your own in the area (additional information regarding supper groups*)

                                    Refreshments and social time on the Lutherdale campus

7:30 p.m.                    Optional Activities, back at Lutherdale 

        • Campfire with camp song sing-a-long – outdoor, weather permitting – leader TBA
        • Drumming circle – Hope Center Deck
        • Games in Hope Center or Dining Hall – self-directed

8:30 p.m.                     Night Prayer, outside, weather permitting

Wednesday, September 21

8:10 a.m.                     Breakfast (for those staying at camp; those staying off-campus, eat at their hotel)

9-10:15 a.m.                Presentation IV – “A Psalm-Centered Worship Life” -- Richard Bruxvoort Colligan –    Chapel

10:30 am                      Worship – Hope Center

*Additional information on supper groups will be added closer to the event.

 

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with Joy Moore

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2020 PLC

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with Emlyn Ott

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2019 PLC

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with Shauna Hannan and Bryan Odeen

September 16-18, 2019 at Sinsinawa Mound Center

 

2018 PLC

Renewing the Wisdom Tradition in a 'Post-Truth' Era

with Benjamin M. Stewart and Richard Bruxvoort Colligan

 

2017 PLC

Celebrating Reformation 500 through Preaching, Singing, and Engaging

with Karoline Lewis and Jonathan Rundman

September 18-20, 2017 at Sinsinawa Mound Center

 

2016 PLC

Gracious Leadership: Moving to Missional and Sustainable Ministry

with Eric H. F. Law

September 19-21, 2016 at Sinsinawa Mound Center