Tending the Call: The Arts as an Instrument for Listening and Loving, ONLINE EVENT Feb. 7, 2022


Who should attend: All those who wish to grow closer to God and are drawn by the arts. This event is for everyone whether you consider yourself a creative, lover of music and art or a distant admirer.
What you’ll learn: Participants will leave with strengthened skills and perspective related to listening and loving other, offering empathy that is open-handed, while offering participants opportunity to share of their own experience. Poetry, music, reflective silence, and engagement with a partner, along with some thoughts about effective listening.

In this session, you will be invited to consider your own story from the last few days or months, or over your lifetime.  Through several exercises, you will be engaged in reflection and creativity, as we consider life experiences and God’s deep commitment to us as a patient, listening, and loving father.  During our session, your reflection will be aided by active engagement with music, visual art, and poetry, along with reflection with others.  

You are encouraged to choose a poignant moment or significant person in your life and bring a photo or memento of that time, place, or individual.  Come be present to your story with God.

Presenter: Michael Wilder currently serves as Professor of Music and Dean of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and Division of Arts and Communication. He completed his undergraduate studies in music at Iowa State University, and he completed both his master’s and doctoral degrees in clarinet and music education at the University of Michigan.  In addition to his teaching and administrative work, Wilder performed for many years as a member of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra. In November 2021, he was elected President of the National Association of Schools of Music and served previously as the Chair of the Commission on Accreditation.

Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
9 am – 12 noon CT
ONLINE Event – Link will be shared with attendees the day before the event.