Psalms Conference

17-19 July 2024

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Tuning Our Hearts to the Psalms

How the Bible’s Songbook Can Shape Worship and Witness in Aotearoa

Dates: 17-19 July 2024
Venue: Waipuna Hotel and Conference Centre
Price: $295 + GST

In July 2024, Carey Baptist College will host a three-day conference exploring how the Psalms can inspire Christian worship and shape God’s people here in Aotearoa. The conference will gather a range of Christian leaders including students, pastors, worship leaders, scholars and creatives to explore the Bible’s songbook and prayerbook.

Through academic lectures, communal worship, and workshops for songwriters, pastors, and Christian leaders, we will imagine how the Psalms might catalyse new worship expressions sung and prayed in the mother tongues and heart expressions of the people of Aotearoa. Participants will worship together, write new Psalm-inspired songs together, and learn together how the Psalms might transform the church’s preaching, teaching, pastoral care, and discipleship.

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Psalms Conference
Wed 17-Fri 19 July 2024

Waipuna Conference Centre | 58 Waipuna Road, Mount Wellington, Auckland

If finances prevent you from attending, please get in touch.

$250-$295 + GST + Booking Fee

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Thursday 18 July, 7pm
C3 Church | 20 Cawley Street, Ellerslie, Auckland

Because we long for the Psalms to inspire the people of God across Aotearoa, the Thursday evening of the conference will be free and open to the public. This evening of praise, worship, teaching, and reflection will help us hear what the Psalms might sound like right here in our own communities. Dr Ellen Davis will offer a keynote lecture, with a response from Dr Brian Kolia, music by Lani Alo, and much more.

Key Note Speakers

Psalms Conference Programme

Day 1: Wednesday 17 July
Day 1: Wednesday 17 July
Arrival and Registration
Mihi Whakatau
Kai and coffee
Luke Kaa-Morgan: “Psalm singing”
Brent Strawn: “The Strange New World within the Psalms” (Zoom)
Ellen Davis: “Nothing to Invent, Everything to Get Right: On Translation and Preaching”
12 noon
Songwriting Hui and Workshops
  • “What Can the Psalms Teach Us About Congregational Singing?” with Malcom Gordon
  • “Preaching the Psalms” with Paul Windsor
  • “Songwriting Hui” with Luke Kaa-Morgan
  • Pukapuka Choir
Songwriting Hui and Workshops
  • “Soul Scribbles: Using the Psalms as Inspiration for Scribing Personal Poetry” with Sina Steele
  • “Psalm-Shaped Corporate Prayer” with Dale Campbell
  • “Songwriting Hui” with Luke Kaa-Morgan
  • "Singing and Songwriting with the Psalms" with Kassidy Kinvig
Michael Rhodes, Eugene Fuimaono, Tanya Lameta, Luke Kaa-Morgan, Jonathan Robinson, and Emma Stokes: “In the Waka with Asaph: Singing Psalm 77 in Aotearoa”
End of Day One
Day 2: Thursday 18 July
Day 2: Thursday 18 July
Te Hira and Anameka Paenga: “The Psalms and Māori Worship”
Morning Tea
Jill Firth: “Praying Uncomfortable Emotions: Anxiety, Anger, Hate, Shame, Guilt, Disappointment with God”
Songwriting Hui and Workshops
  • “Singing the Psalms at Eastgate Baptist” with Nathan Bird
  • “Psalm 55 and Spiritual Abuse“ with Lindy Jacomb
  • “It's a Cold and It's a Broken Hallelujah: What Can Today's Psalmist's Learn from Leonard Cohen?” with Grant Norsworthy
  • “Songwriters Hui” with Luke Kaa-Morgan
  • 3.30pm
    Songwriting Hui and Workshops
  • “When Psalms Become Scaffolds for Longing and Lament” with Miriam Jessie Fletcher
  • “The Psalms of Ascent and Mental Wellbeing“ with Phil Halstead and Allison Davidson
  • “Shaping Congregational Singing and Song Selection with the Psalms” with Josiah Carr and Sacha Olson
  • “Songwriters Hui” withLuke Kaa-Morgan
  • 4.30pm
    End of Day Two
    Day 3: Friday 19 July
    Day 3: Friday 19 July
    Rico Villanueva: “How do we worship without forgetting those that suffer? Learning from the Song of Ascents”
    Psalms Paper Sessions #2 and Songwriter's Hui

    View Room One Papers

    View Room Two Papers

    View Room Three Papers

    “Songwriter's Hui” with Luke Kaa-Morgan

    12 noon
    Closing Reflections and Whakawātea
    End of Conference

    *Programme is subject to change.

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