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2019 Brehm Conference

Worship, Theology, and the Arts in a Divided World

February 9, 2019  |  Pasadena, California


To say that we live in a divided world is to state the obvious. Less obvious, perhaps, is to believe that worship might become a vehicle for reconciliation, or that theology might serve as an invaluable aid to mend our personal and social brokenness, or that the arts might forge unity across the divides—whether political or economic, racial or relational, linguistic or cultural, whether in the academy or in the public square, whether inside the church or outside of it.

But that is exactly what this conference wishes to suggest.

A primary goal of this conference is to show how worship, theology, and the arts can become sources of good news to our divided world as well as resources to make tangible that good news by God’s grace. A secondary goal is to generate practical helps that extend beyond the immediate context of the conference in order to serve the broader community. This involves not just the presentations themselves, but online resource offerings: for instance, a one-page resource for small groups on art and racial reconciliation; a Spotify playlist for both pastors and worship leaders; a “top 10” list of most common mistakes in multicultural worship; an annotated resource on global worship; a handout for church leaders on art in a post-Christian society; and more.

This conference promises to be an intellectually stimulating, relationally rich, and missionally inspiring event for pastors, worship and ministry leaders, artists, creatives, and teachers. We welcome you to join us!


General Admission: $75
Fuller Student, Faculty, or Staff: $25 Groups of 5 or more: $37.50/person
Alumni: $50

Keynote Speaker

David M Bailey

David M. Bailey

"Worshiping Woke: Formational Worship Beyond the Four Walls of the Church"

David M. Bailey believes that the church should lead by example in cross-cultural engagement and reconciliation. The founder and executive director of Arrabon, a ministry that equips and empowers Christians to effectively engage in the ministry of reconciliation, he’s an active speaker, consultant, and strategist for many national organizations about cultural intelligence and culture-making. David coauthored the Race, Class, and the Kingdom of God Study Series, and is executive producer of the documentary 11am: Hope for America’s Most Segregated Hour and the Urban Doxology Project. He is rooted at East End Fellowship and serves as a teaching elder. David's greatest honor in life is to be married to his wonderful and beautiful wife, Joy.


Alexis Abernethy

Alexis Abernethy
Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity and Professor of Psychology

Kutter Callaway

Kutter Callaway
Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture

Maria Fee

Maria Fee
Adjunct Professor of Theology and Culture

Makoto Fujimura

Makoto Fujimura
Director, Brehm Center for Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson
William K. and Dolores S. Brehm Associate of Worship, Theology, and the Arts

Rob Johnston

Robert K. Johnston
Professor of Theology and Culture


Roberta King
Professor of Communication and Ethnomusicology

Shannon Sigler

Shannon Sigler
Executive Director, Brehm Cascadia

david taylor

W. David O. Taylor
Director of Brehm Texas and Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture

Ed Willmington

Edwin Willmington
Director, Fred Bock Institute of Music