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Worship and the Arts

Restoration: Righteousness, Justice, and Peace Shall Kiss

September 25 - 29, 2017

Montreat Conference CenterThe focus will be on Advent Year B. Our theme will be based on Psalm 80, with its cry “Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved.” Advent is a time for waiting, for yearning, for deliverance and restoration, but what is it we are waiting for? What is the expectation that defines our hope? Advent calls us to new/different/unexpected responses. Rather than just endorsing the patterns that are there, we are called to use the sacrifice of Christ as an alternative. Magnificat is not a neat, tidy nice poem but a reversal, a reframing, a restoration of who God is in a broken, turbulent world. This is Advent! During the 2017 conference we will work towards putting this new understanding of Magnificat in the center of Advent preparation.

To register and/or reserve accommodations for this conference online, please click on the RATES & REGISTRATION tab above.

Event Image Credits: Call of the Disciples, Donald Jackson, Copyright 2002, The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota USA. Used by permission.  All rights reserved.
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Comprehensive Rates

Register online for conference, room, and meals

Comprehensive rates below include conference fee of $190, room in Assembly Inn, meals in the Galax Dining Room (Monday supper through Friday breakfast), plus a $4 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first served basis. After August 14, these rates will increase by $25 per person.

Assembly Inn

  • Double Occupancy, Private Bath: $504.50 per person
  • Single Occupancy, Private Bath: $704.50 per person

Commuter Rate

Register online for conference only

Commuter rate below includes conference fee of $190 plus a $4 community services fee per person for public services provided by the Town and the fire district.

  • On or before August 14: $194 per person
  • After August 14: $219 per person

Optional meal packages for the Galax Dining Room may be requested when you register online. (These additional charges will be added separately by the registrar.)

  • $110.50 per person for Monday supper thru Friday breakfast
  • $28.50 per person for lunch only on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Refund Policy

Cancellations must be received by August 14 in order to receive a full refund less a $25 service charge. Cancellations received after August 14 but on or before September 18 will receive a 50% refund of the conference fee and payments made toward room and meal charges (if applicable) less $40. No refunds will be issued after September 18. All requests must be in writing and received via email, fax, or U.S. mail.

Contact the Registrar

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the registrar at SusanA@montreat.org or call 828.419.9829.

Key Leadership

Montreat Conference CenterRev. Dr. Brant Copeland (liturgist and preacher) has been pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, FL since 1985.  He holds degrees from Rhodes College, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, the Presbyterian School of Christian Education, and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.  He serves on several boards of directors locally, is active in state-wide social justice causes, and co-chairs the Tallahassee Interfaith Clergy. He has worked with Montreat’s Worship & Music Conference and Youth Conferences on several occasions. His publications include: “Doing the Washing: Practical Aspects of the Baptismal Rite,” Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts, Vol. 39.4, 2006 and Co-writer of A Companion to the Book of Common Worship – Chapters on Funerals, Baptism, and Marriage, Westminster Press, 2003.

Montreat Conference CenterRev. Dr. Ann Laird Jones (conference artist) is the director of arts ministry, Montreat Conference Center. She is a teaching elder and member of St. Andrew Presbytery, and splits her time between Greenville, MS, and Montreat, NC. She earned her undergraduate from Eckerd College, her Masters of Divinity from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Seminary, under the leadership and guidance of Catherine Kapikian. She loves teaching pottery, drawing, and painting. She plays the violin and is moved by the arts at every turn.

Montreat Conference CenterJeremy Roberts (conference musician) is the director of music and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC. Within his position at First Presbyterian, Mr. Roberts directs the Chancel Choir, Youth Choir (grades 6-12), Choristers (grades 2-5), as well as the newly formed First Presbyterian orchestra, an intergenerational instrumental ensemble. He is passionate about creative worship and liturgy that enlivens the people’s song and allows for space in which the Spirit of God is free to move. Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Music and Religion with a concentration in organ from Grove City College and a Master of Arts in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He was the recipient of the 2009 Trinity Lutheran Seminary Lay Church Service Award. Previously, Jeremy served Presbyterian, Lutheran, and UCC congregations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Mr. Roberts has been both a guest presenter and musician for numerous events hosted by the American Guild of Organists and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians.

Workshop Options


  • Children & Worship led by Jeremy Roberts 
  • Mixing it Up: Hymns as Liturgy; Pastor as Cantor led by Brant Copeland and Michael Corzine
  • Banners Using Cut & Repurposed Paper and Other Treasures led by Ann Laird Jones


  • Glory to God Advent Hymns led by Jeremy Roberts
  • Recovering the Supper in the Lord’s Day led by Brant Copeland
  • Flexibility in Worship led by TBA


  • Music with Limited Budget & Small Numbers led by Jeremy Roberts
  • Singing Our Prayers led by Brant Copeland and Michael Corzine
  • Painting Silk in Every Direction led by Ann Laird Jones

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