Rocky Mountain Region
Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona
The Presbyterian Association of Musicians’ (PAM) Rocky Mountain Region is excited to share our event Cultivating Community! Church members, pastors, music directors, worship leaders, choir members, and more are invited to join us March 7-9 at Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver, CO. Conference participants will have their faith revived and rooted through enlivening worship, meaningful workshops, plenary sessions that engage what it means to connect with one another and God through worship and the community we know as church. Featuring sessions from: the Rev. Dr. Alonzo Johnson, The Rev. Dr. Dee Cooper, Executive Director of PAM Kelly Abraham, and more.
Registration deadline February 26th
PAM Members - $100
Non-PAM Members - $150
We have arranged a reduced rate at the Renaissance Central Park Denver of $149/night. Click here to view lodging options.
Book by 2/21/2024 for the reduced group rate.
Rev. James Klotz, Ph.D., is a biblical scholar, Presbyterian minister, and amateur musician, currently serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Farmington, New Mexico. An Atlanta native, James earned his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Theological Seminary, and his dissertation is an ecological reception history of Isaiah 35 in the development of the Colorado River Basin. James has been a PAM member since 2009 and is a faithful attendee of the Montreat Worship & Music Conferences.
Sandy is a mother of four and has spent her professional life as a teacher, school administrator and for many years as the Minister of Children and Families at Montview Church in Denver, Colorado. Sandy holds a MA in Education. Her passion for visual art has led her to offer classes on art and theology for adults and to chair the Montview Art Selection Team. Sandy writes a weekly offering that features a work of art as a portal to closer relationships with ourselves, each other and God. Sandy also developed, teaches and directs a summer program for children that explores world religions through the arts. She loves the interface of image and faith and exploring this with others!
Claudia Aguilar Rubiclava
Claudia Aguilar Rubalcava is the director of engagement at More Light Presbyterians. She has worked in churches, campus ministries, hospitals, and institutions of theological education in several roles. Being bilingual, bicultural, and binational is part of her call to build bridges among different groups of people. She is a certified yoga instructor and loves music, dogs, cooking, and baking. She is interested in ecumenical and interfaith efforts to bring justice and peace to every sentient being. When not working, she is spending time in her garden with her husband Doug and their dogs, hiking with friends, or trying to replicate authentic Mexican dishes with limited access to ingredients.
Dee is the Lead Presbyter for Denver Presbytery. She has served as Gap Presbyter of Coastlands Presbytery (New Jersey) and Interim Executive Presbyter for Heartland Presbytery. She is also a Certified Coach through the Hendricks Institute. She is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family systems therapist. She is a faculty member of the Restoring Resourcefulness program and the Presbyterian Leader Formation Lead Presbyter Certificate program. Dee serves on the Presbytery Mission Agency Board and on the GA Unification Commission. Dee has presented and facilitated many national workshops for the denomination, presbyteries, synods, churches, and numerous AF bases around the US. Dee is the Director for MALT (Mid America Lincoln Trails) Transitional/Interim Presbytery Leader Certification Program.
Rev. Dr. Alonzo T. Johnson is the Coordinator for the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People Program (SDOP) and the Convener for the Education Roundtable, an education working group within the Educate a Child Transform the World Domestic Initiative, both of which are ministries of the Compassion Peace and Justice ministry area of the national Presbyterian Church (USA). Rev. Johnson has 25 years of experience including work in urban ministry, congregational based organizing, youth/education ministries, creative arts, peacemaking, anti-racism, anti-poverty, anti-violence and social justice ministries.
Currently based in Washington, D.C., Paul serves as an interim/transitional musician and offers consulting services and creative resources to congregations in seasons of discernment, challenge, and transformation. With over 25 years of ministry experience in ecumenical contexts, Paul’s skills make him a unique resource to congregations in transition or those experiencing anxiety or conflict.
Christine Gaudreau serves as Director of Music and Worship Arts at Wellshire Presbyterian Church in Denver. She is the Principal Music Director for Ovation West Performing Arts directing the Evergreen Chorale and Altezza Chamber Choir. She also serves as chorus master and guest/cover conductor for Jefferson Symphony Orchestra. and recently guest conducted for productions of Colorado Christian University and the Lamont School of Music, Denver University.
René Myers is a Mission Engagement Advisor for the Presbyterian Church (USA) serving in the Synods of Alaska-Northwest, the Pacific, Southern California and Hawaii, and The Southwest. Her role is to build relationships with mid-councils, congregations and Presbyterians which sustain and increase financial support for God’s mission throughout the world. She will interpret and promote the mission of the Presbyterian Mission Agency and is experienced in developing congregational giving and major gifts from individuals. She is available to consult with church leaders to broaden congregational mission impact.
Exodus Into Community
In the book of Exodus, we hear the story of how, led by the hand of the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, a people were formed into a covenant community. A mountain in a desert was the chosen place for this, and in this workshop, we'll consider with the help of hymnody how our ancestors in the faith cultivated and shaped that community.
Setting the Table
Claudia Aguilar Rubiclava
In this workshop, we will explore biblical texts that inform the way we address diversity and welcome newcomers. We will look into practical ways to welcome individuals and families from different communities into our congregation while creating a sense of belonging instead of assimilation to the mainline culture. P.S. Bring your church's bulletin. You will need it.
Eyes to See, Hearts to Hold:
The Connection of Image and Belief
The visual arts have been part of our sacred expression throughout history. Art set apart has graced the walls and hearts of worship and the process of making the visual has joined with music to find and celebrate the divine. We will explore these connections together in spirit and joy!
Play is the radical engagement that builds connections with others, expands our creative muscles, generates our capacity to open to new possibilities, and invites us into surprises of wonder, awe, and love. See how play can be impactfully integrated into even the most frozen places in your life and leadership.
How the Matthew 25 Movement
Since the 222nd General Assembly in 2016, our church has been engaging in mission and ministry guided by Jesus’ teachings in that Gospel. This workshop shares how this work is building vibrant, faithful communities and how you can be part of it.
Thursday March 7
3:30 Registration Begins @ Montview
(shuttles running continuously)
5:30 Dinner (provided)
6:30 Session 1 w/ Paul Vasile
7:30 Beer & Hymns @ Long Table Brewhouse
Friday March 8
8:00 Breakfast at hotel
10:00 Workshop Session 1
A – Choir
B – Rene Myers
C – James Klotz
11:15 Session 2 w/ Paul Vasile
12:15 Lunch (provided)
1:30 Workshop Session 2
D – Sandy Prouty
E – Claudia Aguilar
F – Choir
2:45 Session 3 w/ Paul Vasile
4:30 PAM Business Meeting
5:30 Dinner (provided)
7:00 Hymn Festival
Saturday March 9
8:00 Breakfast at hotel
9:00 Session 4 w/ Paul Vasile
10:00 Workshop Session 3
G – Choir
H – Dee Cooper
11:00 Closing Worship
This event made possible by grant funding from the
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation.