Performing Church Theme Leader Registration

Theme Leader
Shannon Craigo-Snell, a systematic theologian
and activist, will lead the discussion during St.
Andrew’s College Winter Refresher 2016.
Craigo-Snell is a professor of Theology at
Louisville Seminary and an ordained teaching
elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Her work
focuses on the three pillars of impolite conversation: sex, religion, and politics. Framing Christian
doctrines as “arguments that have been going
on for so long that we
have names for them,”
Craigo-Snell finds life,
humor, and insight in the
most traditional philosophical and theological
texts. She delights in the
intersections of abstract
ideas and daily life.
Her writing spans an
array of topics, from
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
to Roman Catholic
Shannon Craigo-Snell
theologian Karl Rahner.
The common thread through all of them is an
emphasis on communal, embodied activity.
Craigo-Snell takes seriously the notion that what
we do with our bodies shapes who we are, what
we believe, and how we know God. This is an
unexpected focus for a theologian working out
of the Reformed tradition, which emphasizes actions that result from belief, rather than exploring how beliefs can result from actions.
She has found enlivening conversation partners
in the emerging field of Performance Studies as
well as in theatre. Her most recent book, The
Empty Church: Theater, Theology, and Bodily
Hope (Oxford, 2014), brings theatre directors
and theologians into conversation to address
the perennial question, “Why go to church?” In
answering this question, Craigo-Snell suggests
that church is best understood not as a building, or an institution, or even a community, but
rather an ongoing performance. “Church is a
disciplines performance of relationship with God
in Jesus, mediated by Scripture, in hope of the
Holy Spirit.”
By Phone:
(306) 966-8970 or 1-877-644-8970
Image courtesy Janet Williams
1121 College Drive,
Saskatoon, SK. S7N 0W3
St. Andrew’s College
Winter Refresher
Feb. 29 to March 2, 2016
l Cutting-Edge Theology l Great Community l Wonderful Conversation
Total Enclosed: $ ________
*You are responsible for your own overnight accommodations. Please visit for suggested options.*
$75 before Jan. 31, 2016; $100 after Jan. 31, 2016
Post-Secondary Student:
$175 before Jan. 31, 2016; $225 after Jan. 31, 2016
Regular Participant:
Life Long Learning for Social Change (Lynn
Caldwell) An exploration of resources and approaches for teaching and learning about social
Christians Finding their Passion: Can Revivals
be Revived? (Sandra Beardsall) A look at the phenomenon of Christian “revival” as it has occurred
particularly in the past century in the UCC and
its antecedents. What can we learn for reviving
Christianity in the 21st century
Storytelling as Performance (David Kim-Cragg)
This workshop will explore how storytelling is
bodily performance that encourages people to
use their multiple senses. Participants will have a
chance to listen to a couple of stories and discuss
how to create good stories.
Our Roles in Jesus’ Resurrection (Don Schweitzer) This workshop looks at how Jesus’
resurrection includes a role for Christians, how
that role is identified and empowered, some contemporary understandings of that role and what
performing it in Canadian society might look like.
Registration Fee (Include payment with registration; includes two lunches and refreshment breaks)
Refresher Workshops
We are pleased to again have Tannis Schmidt as
our music leader. Tannis will offer music leadership as part of each of the sessions as well as
worship time. Tannis is part of the St. Andrew’s
College community and provides music leadership and accompaniment during weekly chapel
services and special events.
Other special needs:
8:30 a.m. Gathering Time
9:00 a.m. Shannon Craigo-Snell III
11:15 a.m. Worship in St. Andrew’s Chapel
Lydia Gruchy’s 80th Ordination
Celebration Service
12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
Music Leadership
Special Dietary Needs:
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Gathering Time
Shannon Craigo-Snell II
Worship in St. Andrew’s Chapel
Lunch (provided)
Movie Night at Broadway Theatre
Dinner & Discussion to follow at
Amigos Cantina (own cost)
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m.
2:15 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
Gathering with Music
Shannon Craigo-Snell Presentation I
Book Launch at St. Andrew’s LIbrary
Entertainment with Storytelling,
Spoken Word, Song and Movement
Monday, February 29, 2016
1:00 p.m.
1:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Why go to church? What happens in church
that is worth getting up for on Sunday morning?
Many traditional answers ring notes of obligation, requirement, and duty. These can be unconvincing in the midst of busy lives and multiple
commitments. And yet . . . many of us experience profound benefits from church.
Perhaps it is easier to understand these benefits if we think of church not as somewhere we
go or something we attend, and certainly not
something we observe or consume, but rather as
something we do. The question then becomes:
what does doing church do for us?
Using the language of rehearsal and performance sheds new light on the many ways that
doing church shapes and form us in Christian
faith. If you have ever stepped onto the stage,
dimmed the lights, or sat in rapt attention in
the audience, come join the conversation about
performing church.
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Our Theme
REGISTRATION FORMPlease make cheques payable to St. Andrew’s College
Winter Refresher, St. Andrew’s College
Late Registration Fees apply after Jan. 31, 2016
1121 College Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W3
or online at: (convenience charge applies to online registration)
or phone 1-877-644-8970 or (306) 966-8970
I intend to apply for the Martynse Bursary,
available for partners of attending clergy