John Foley’s well-known hymn describes a God who is near to the broken-hearted, who hears the cry of the poor. When our spirit is crushed, God is a safe shelter for our fears.
This year’s Bifrost conference will explore the intersection of worship, community, and mercy. Speakers will include Makoto Fujimura (Director of International Arts Movement), John Witvliet (Director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship), Greg Thompson (fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture), and Frère Emmanuel (brother from the worshipping community of Taize), as well as other panels and workshops.
John D. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (worship. calvin.edu) and professor of music and worship at Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary, respectively. He also teaches in the religion department at Calvin College. His areas of interest include the history of Christian worship, worship practices in various denominations, biblical and systematic theology of worship, the role of music and the arts in worship, and consulting with churches on worship renewal.
Dr. Soong-Chan Rah, Author and Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary, discusses the assumptions that the Western Church often has and how many wealthier churches tend to forget that they have much to learn from the poor and marginalized antiochchurch.org