In lieu of the annual spring conference and due to Covid-19, the Advisory Council of the Institute is scheduling a series of virtual seminars in February, March and April with an optional worship service following each event.

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The ILS Advisory Council 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.

Click on link for online registration for the 2021 Virtual Seminar for March 13, 2021 or April 13, 2021 with a credit card payment, fee for each seminar is $25.00:

Mailing in your 2021 ILS Registration with a check payment of $25.00, click on the following PDF form:

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The Second Seminar takes place Saturday, March 13, 2021, 11:00 AM Eastern Time (ET)

Poetry, Liturgy, and the Writer’s Craft

This virtual seminar will draw on poets and the expertise of Christian Wiman to think more carefully and critically about how language and liturgy intersect. For example: How does an understanding of poetry shape liturgy, such as the crafting of litanies and other responsive texts? What place does poetry have in preaching? Who are some recommended poets to read for inspiration? What poetic devices should be encouraged (or perhaps discouraged) for writers of liturgy and sermons? In addition, participants will be encouraged to submit their own questions.


Christian Wiman

Clement-Muehl Professor of Communication Arts, Yale University

Christian Wiman is the author, editor, or translator of twelve books including, most recently, He Held Radical Light: The Art of Faith, the Faith of Art. Mr. Wiman has taught at Stanford, Northwestern, Lynchburg College (Virginia), and the University of Economics (Prague). From 2003–2013 he was editor of Poetry magazine, the premiere magazine for poetry in the English-speaking world. During that time the magazine’s circulation tripled, and it garnered three National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Mr. Wiman has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, The Atlantic, and numerous other publications. He is a former Guggenheim Fellow and holds an honorary doctorate of humane letters from North Central College. His particular interests include modern poetry, Russian literature, the language of faith, “accidental” theology (that is, theology conducted by unexpected means), and what it means to be a Christian intellectual in a secular culture.