If you come across an East-coast style kitchen party at the Catholic Education: A National Conversation conference this September, you’re in the right place.
Come prepared to nurture one another’s seeds by playing, singing, humming along or just socializing, as the conference’s Liturgical Committee has pencilled in a musical gathering into the Friday evening’s schedule.
Calling it, “Raising Your Voice”, all attendees are invited to an optional celebration of fellowship and song facilitated by the conference Liturgical Committee. Participants are encouraged to bring their instruments, voices and good cheer to the event.
Liturgical Committee member Janet Bentham says there are a number of reasons why they wanted to host a music party.
“For those of us in Eastern Ontario, we have done this at our yearly retreat at Galilee House in Arnprior. It is a great way for participants to get to know each other in a relaxed and informal atmosphere,” she explains.
Secondly, for the purpose of this national conference, Janet says it is a unifying activity for participants from across the country.
“We are hoping to really share some distinctly Canadian culture and build community and joy through song and sharing,” she says. “We know that this get together will further unite all participants and result in more unity in prayer when we come to formal liturgy.”
Since most of the planning committee members are musicians, Janet says they have an idea in their minds about how the night will play out.
“We envision this to be like a kitchen party in the tradition of those on the Eastern coast,” she says.
“Raising Your Voices” will take place Friday evening at 7:30 p.m., and the location will be indicated in your delegate package.