Wake Up! Worship! What’s Next?

The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music & Worship Arts invites you to join us in Little Rock on July 24-27, 2017, for our biennial convocation.

It’s a week filled with seminars and workshops that will allow you to learn and grow in your ministries as well as moving worship experiences and (of course!) fellowship.

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A unique gathering of musicians, dancers, visual artists, preachers, and all who seek to serve God’s people by designing and leading participatory worship experiences.

Wake Up!

How can we, as worship artists, develop our skills and gifts to enliven communities that are so full of complexities, conflicts, politics, and way too many “isms”?


Engage in transformative worship that responds to our deep needs for nourishment, challenge, and Christ-alive hope.

What’s Next?

2017 is the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine and the journey toward desegregation. How will we continue God’s work in the world today of opening hearts, minds, doors, and lives?


Michael Hawn

C. Michael Hawn

University Distinguished Professor of Church Music and Director of the Master of Sacred Music Program at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Full Bio

Cynthia Wilson

Cynthia Wilson

Associate General Secretary at Discipleship Ministries of The United Methodist Church and award-winning singer. Full Bio

Lisa Yebuah

Campus Pastor of the Southeast Raleigh Table (SERT), a campus of Edenton Street United Methodist Church in Raleigh, NC. Full Bio

Hannah Adair Bonner

United Methodist pastor and curator of “The Shout.” Made national headlines in 2015 for holding a lengthy vigil outside the Waller County Jail where Sandra Bland died. Full Bio

Tom Trenney

Minister of Music at First-Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE, and nationally-recognized organist and choral composer. Conductor of the Collegiate Chorale at Doane University. Full Bio

Kevin McBeth

Director of Music at Manchester United Methodist Church in the greater St. Louis area and Associate Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Full Bio

Karla Kincannon

Artist, author, teacher, spiritual director, and United Methodist elder. Director of Spiritual Formation at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA. Full Bio

Justin & Lisa Hancock

Co-founders of The Julian Way, an initiative focusing on ministry and communal engagement with individuals and families with physical and developmental disabilities. Full Bio



With times for worship, prayer, learning, reflection, and self-care (and, of course, food and fellowship!),  you’ll have plenty of opportunities to spend time with old friends and new.

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Our seminars range from practical ministry applications and techniques you can take home with you … to discussions on accessibility, diversity, and social issues.

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Pre-Event Activities

Arriving in Little Rock early? Enjoy one of our pre-event activities on Monday morning, including convocation choir rehearsal, a visual design seminar, and a tour of the city.

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The Little Rock Marriott, located in the heart of downtown, is our primary convocation venue and official event hotel. Recently renovated rooms feature luxury amenities and breathtaking views of downtown Little Rock and the Arkansas River.

  • Room rate: $132/room, per night plus tax.
  • One king bed or two double beds subject to availability. (Reserve early if you have a preference!)
  • FREE airport shuttle from Clinton National Airport (LIT)

The room blocked officially closed on June 24, BUT we can still make a reservation for you at the group rate.

Email Convo@UMFellowship.org and provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Email Address
  • Contact Phone
  • Arrival and Departure Dates
  • Desired Room Type (King or 2 Doubles)

We’ll make a reservation for you and you can follow up later with payment information.

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