D I V E R S I T Y & D E S I G N
The bringing together of multiple, seemingly disparate, parts in meaningful ways is a core practice in art-making. The artist composes a melody made of many separate notes. The painter celebrates the interaction of complimentary colors. The dancer’s body moves, encompassing the full breadth of the stage with dramatic differentiation.
The worship leader, too, has a call to cultivate both creativity and diversity. Designer Lorindo Mamo writes, “Every great design begins with an even better story.” Worship leaders are called to reflect the greatest story – which encompasses every nation, tribe, and tongue.
Join us as we explore diversity and design with artists, theologians, pastors, and conversation partners who believe in the power of intentional design and the vision of multi-ethnic worship in Cascadia and beyond.
Presented by the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture
Hosted by University Presbyterian Church
Makoto Fujimura, recently appointed Director of Fuller's Brehm Center, is an artist, writer, and speaker who is recognized worldwide as a cultural shaper.
SANDRA MARIA VAN OPSTAL
Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is the Executive Pastor at Grace and Peace Community on the west-side of Chicago. She is a liturgist and activist who is passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.
Zac Hicks is Canon for Worship & Liturgy at Cathedral Church of the Advent (Birmingham, AL) and author of The Worship Pastor (Zondervan, 2016). He grew up in Hawaii, studied music in Los Angeles, trained in Philosophy and Biblical Studies at Denver Seminary, and his current doctoral work is in the theology and worship of the English Reformation at Knox Seminary. Zac's passions include exploring the intersection of old and new in worship and thinking through the pastoral dimensions of worship leading. He is a songwriter, having recorded six albums to date. Zac has contributed articles and posts to Worship Leader Magazine, Reformed Worship,The Gospel Coalition, and Doxology & Theology. He has been married for fifteen years to his wife, Abby, and they have four children—Joel, Jesse, Brody, and Bronwyn.
STEPHEN MICHAEL NEWBY
Stephen Michael Newby is a worship leader, songwriter, composer, and publisher of many different musical styles and traditions. Dr. Newby is director of the Center for Worship, Associate professor of music, head of Composition and director of the Gospel Choir at Seattle Pacific University. His works have been performed by the Cascade Youth Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Ann Arbor Symphony, and others; and have earned him numerous awards and grants, including the National Endowment of the Arts 2005 St. Paul, Minnesota, Continental Harmony Grant; the King County Arts Commission of Washington Grant; The Rackham School Fellowship for Ethno-musicological Research in Dakar, Senegal; and the John Wesley Work III National Composers’ Award. Dr. Newby earned his D.M.A. in musical arts in composition from the University of Michigan in 1994. He has recently published a book entitled: Worship Outside the Music Box, Redemption Press, 2015. He lives in Bothell, Washington with his wife Stephanie and son Silas.