In the words of the old school rap duo, Eric B. & Rakim, "It's Been A Long Time."... It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything on this blog. Things have been busy since I’ve gotten back from Honolulu.
I presented the workshop at the CCDA conference in Chicago. I had a blast at the conference in general and with our workshop specifically. I’ll post a little more about our presentation in the near future, but right now, I would encourage you to attend the next national CCDA conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are a lot of brothers and sisters doing innovative things to bring God’s Shalom to the under resourced communities of our country.
Since I’ve been back from Chicago, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the studio and doing a few gigs. A few of the gigs were with Alex Mejias of High Street Hymns. On one of those gigs was with Jimmy G of Mid Atlantic Christian Artist. Jimmy is a really nice guy and you should check out his company.
We just finished the mixing and mastering for Logan Jones Music. Logan was the writer for the BWC song “Hear The Spirit”. I produced the EP for his band. I’m pleased with the work. Logan wrote some great songs and his band worked really hard to make this project good. As far as a release date is concerned, look on Logan’s website because this part of business is out of my jurisdiction.
There are a few more things that I’ll be announcing soon, but below are a few places that I’ll be in the next few months:
I’ll be in Pittsburgh at the end of the month leading worship and giving a talk about the Community Discipline of Racial Reconciliation at an Intervarsity Conference. I’m playing with the multi-ethic worship band, Kingdom Reflections, which is led by Kenny and Achlai Wallace. Kenny is the Worship Pastor at Mosaic Church in Greensboro, NC. Achlai is worship leader that is Haitian Canadian. She grew up in Montreal, Canada and was apart of a really good multi-ethnic worship band that I can’t remember the name of, but they are awesome. The Kingdom Reflection worship band is made up of people of different ethnicities and we sing worship songs of various languages and cultures. Kenny and Achlai are multi-language worship leader rock stars in my book.
I’ll be in San Diego, CA at the national Mosaix conference. Mosaix is a network for churches that are interested in being a multi-ethnic congregation. Mosaix equips church leaders and churches with the resources and connections to make this happen. They have a goal of seeing 20% of local churches throughout the United States achieve 20% diversity within their congregations by the year 2020. I’m not presenting, I’m just attending, but I’m excited to attend.
I’ll be in Hampton, VA at The Baptist General Association of Virginia meeting leading worship with part of the worship team from Honolulu. It’ll be different leading worship this team with out palm trees and great weather… we should be able to get it together. We are leading worship the first night.
I’ll be in Grand Rapids, MI at the Calvin Symposium on Worship. I’ll be on another multi-ethnic worship team leading worship, and presenting a workshop on “Learning Reconciliation through Community and Worship Music”. I’ll also be on a panel discussing welcoming and worshipping with multi-ethnic communities with other worship leaders. The worship team was assembled through the International Council of Ethnodoxoligist. I'm thankful that they choose me to be a part of the team and I'm really looking forward to working with and learn from so many leading professionals in our field.
I want to really encourage you all to attend the Mosaix Conference and the Calvin Symposium if it is possible. These two conferences have people that will be great resources to you if your into cultural diversity in your gatherings.
If you are at any of these conferences or you’re in town, let me know because I would love to connect with you.