Registration forms will be available in November 2021.
Prospective attendees are encouraged to note the information below regarding proof of vaccination and authorized exemptions before registering.
Click above to access the registration form.
Note that you will be required to upload either (1) proof of vaccination or (2) an authorized medical or religious exemption letter in order to complete the registration process for in-person attendance.
If you had selected to “pay it forward” from ILS 2020, please contact Institute administrator Doreen Olguin-Flores via email (Doreen.Olguin-Flores@valpo.edu) or phone (219.464.6514) to register.
Click above to download the mail-in registration form.
Note that you will be required to include either (1) proof of vaccination or (2) an authorized medical or religious exemption letter in order to complete the registration process for in-person attendance.
Note that credit card payments may only be processed using the electronic registration option. Printed and mailed registrations must be accompanied by a check.
Caring for the Health and Safety of Our Neighbors
While we eagerly anticipate gathering in person, we are also cognizant of the many uncertainties associated with the ongoing pandemic and its wide-reaching effects. The Institute will endeavor to keep the community informed of any programming or scheduling adjustments, and appreciates the community’s flexibility, patience, and understanding as we work to accommodate such developments.
We encourage all prospective attendees to take note of the following before registering:
Proof of Vaccination
All Institute presenters, worship leaders, and on-campus attendees are expected to abide by pandemic-related safety protocols established by Valparaiso University. Proof of vaccination against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) will be required for all campus conferences beginning in January 2022. This is in keeping with an existing University policy that requires proof of vaccination or authorized exemptions for all students, faculty, and staff.
Authorized Medical and Religious Exemptions
Authorized medical exemptions may be granted when a physician letter or other demonstration of vaccine ineligibility is provided, and authorized religious exemptions may be granted when a serious and long-held belief and practice is expressed in a letter. Such information will be kept in the strictest confidence, though the Institute is required to provide health and vaccination information to any attending medical authority if necessary.
Individuals granted exemptions for authorized reasons are required to always wear a mask when indoors and may only remove their mask for short periods of time when actively eating or drinking. Those individuals who are vaccinated are always welcome to practice a mask-optional usage based on their personal health preferences, and otherwise must adhere to any indoor mask position or policy that is in effect during the conference. Indoor masking in large groups is still strongly encouraged, and the Institute may request or encourage additional precautions—including physical distancing and the wearing of masks—based on campus, local, or regional trends.
The University will not provide health care of any kind, except through 911 and other emergency services as necessary.
If university protocols, travel restrictions, or other pandemic-related circumstances compel a virtual gathering of the Institute, it is our intent to offer the plenary presentations in online formats during the Institute’s scheduled dates, April 25–27, 2022. Individuals will be responsible for adjusting any travel or accommodation arrangements made on their own.
New in 2022
In addition to in-person attendance, the 2022 Institute will include an online-only registration option that provides access to live-streaming of all plenaries, post-plenary conversations, and liturgies. A URL that provides online access will be circulated to online-only registrants the week before Institute begins. Plenaries and post-plenary conversations will be recorded and made available to all attendees after the Institute. Livestreaming of all liturgies will be available to the general public, but liturgies will not be recorded for later viewing.
At its September 2021 planning meeting, the Institute’s advisory council carefully considered past evaluations, especially comments and suggestions about the schedule and presentation formats. Accordingly, the 2022 Institute will include only three workshop sessions. In place of the fourth workshop, space will be provided for open conversation for topics suggested by the community. A survey will be circulated to registered attendees in early spring of 2022 inviting suggestions for conversation topics.
Beginning in 2022, free registration through the Peter J. L. Perella Scholarship Fund has been expanded from first-time student attendees to include all full-time students regardless of year or degree program.
Registration is limited to 400 persons. All registrations received by April 1 will be acknowledged and confirmed. No new registrations will be accepted on the day the Institute opens unless we have not received 400 registrations by that time. Those not pre-registered and confirmed are urged to phone ahead (219.464.6514) to confirm that space is available.
There is a reduced rate for additional registrations from a single congregation when a first registration at the regular rate is received; all such registrations must be made at the same time. Discounted rates are also offered for those attending for the first time, all full-time students regardless of degree program, and retired persons.
Lunches and suppers may be purchased on a cash basis in the Harre Union. Tickets for the banquet on Wednesday evening may be purchased ahead of time on the registration form.
Lodging is not included in the registration fee. Please see the Accommodations tab for more information.
Publishers of church music and works on liturgical theology and practice will be on hand to exhibit their work. Please see the Exhibitors tab for additional information.
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available upon request to those attending the entire Institute. One (1.0) CEU will be awarded for participation in the whole regular program; one-third (0.33) CEU will be awarded for participation in one of the masterclasses or seminars.
The Institute is committed to supporting students, seminarians, and others preparing for worship-related vocations who are attending the Institute for the first time by waiving their registration fees. Your gift to this fund will allow us to continue our support for these future church leaders.