In 2015, the Re-Mind & Re-New Conference centered on the topic of worship "Faithful and Vital Worship: What are the options and questions?" Participants were able to ask questions and hear stories from leaders in faith communities that are blurring conventional lines and trying something interesting: online church, neo-Pentecostal worship in a congregation that is not, emerging worship in a mainline congregation, and a Unitarian congregation's radical act of hospitality that has changed its worship and its life.

Below you will find responses from the various presenters. Each response is approximately 45 to 60 minutes in length. Additionally, the Rev. Dr. Ruth Duck, renowned hymnist and professor of worship at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary keynoted the public, evening session. The homilies from the two conference worship sessions are also included.                

The Rev. Dr. Marlin Lavanhar           

Senior Minister

All Souls Unitarian Church

Listen to Marlin's homily from worship on January 14:


Marlin Lavanhar

All Souls Unitarian Church

Radical Act of Hospitality Joins Congregations

Listen to Marlin's presentation:  

Dr. Melanie Ross           

Assistant Professor of Liturgical Studies
Yale Divinity School and the Institute of Sacred Music

 Listen to Melanie's first presentation, January 14, 2015: 


Listen to Melanie's second presentation, January 15, 2015:


The Rev. Dr. Ruth Duck

Professor of Worship
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois

Listen to Ruth's keynote address:


The Rev. Dr. Ray Owens

Metropolitan Baptist Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma



Listen to Ray's homily from worship on January 15:

Ray Owens

Metropolitan Baptist Church

Neo-pentecostal Worship in a congregation that's not.  

Listen to Ray's presentation: 


Trey Flowers
Minister of Youth and "The Bridge"
Woodmont Christian Church, Nashville, Tennessee

Emergent Worship in Mainline Congregation



Listen to Trey's presentation: 

The Rev. Dr. Deb Phelps

Founding  Member and Senior Pastor

DisciplesNet Church (

Online Worship

Listen to Deb's presentation


The Rev. Julia Jordan Gillett

 Del City Christian Church, Oklahoma City, OK

Children's Worship and Wonder Facilitator



Listen to Julia's presentation:


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