Faith, Art and Creative Expression: A Liturgical Arts Conference

CREATE IN ME: Expressing Your God-given Creativity.


August 19 – 24, 2018

Faith, Art and Creative Expression is designed to provide opportunities to connect with the Divine through many forms of artistic expression. Within a spiritual community of love and creativity, we strive to renew our minds and inspire our hands and voices in ordinary and extraordinary ways.

Classes are led by some of the finest artisans in their fields. Kits and supplies are provided by instructors at an additional cost. Participants must register for a morning class track, leaving afternoons open to participate in the music program, work on personal projects or enjoy the outdoors.


The Rev. Pam Smith is pastor of First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Nashville, TN. What a privilege to serve this gathering as your chaplain and worship leader! I’ve been a regular attendee for several years, and I keep coming back for very good reasons. There is spaciousness in our gathering—room to rest, to reflect, to explore, to return, to be still and to laugh out loud. In no respect could I ever be considered an accomplished artist. However, I am a devoted dabbler—colors, textures, nuances, new ways of seeing. All of these are some of my joy as a child of God. I am giving particular care to planning our special worship services and our daily liturgies. And, as you might have need or desire to talk as you live into the creativity or faith or ponderings of these days together, I’m close at hand and welcome such holy conversations. And, I hope that we may simply have moments of ordinariness.

Conference Staff

Lark Howell / Coordinator is a native of Anniston, Alabama where she attends Grace Episcopal Church. She has served on two vestries, the Altar Guild, the Healing Ministry, the Preservation Committee and is currently a Eucharistic minister. She is a past chairman of the Alabama Diocesan Commission on Spirituality and has been co-chairman of Kanuga’s Liturgical Arts Conference for the past 10 years. Lark is married to Joe, and together they are co-founders of The Institute for Conscious Being, which teaches the spirituality of the Enneagram. Her leisure time is filled with creative activities such as needlework, photography, flower arranging, gardening, traveling and pampering their three cocker spaniels. Today Lark continues to find meaning, creative expression and pure joy in being a part of the Liturgical Arts Conference. “It is a personal blessing to be a part of such an event which touches so many lives. For me it is an annual spiritual renewal offering new creative ways to express and share my faith.”


David Arcus is Director of Music and Organist of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Hillsborough, North Carolina, where he overseas adult and junior/youth choral programs and presides at the 1883 Hook & Hastings organ in the early nineteenth century church. He previously served as Interim Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church, Northampton, England, where he conducted and played organ for seven choral services weekly. He was at Duke University for nearly 30 years, where he served in various capacities in the Department of Music, Divinity School, and Duke Chapel.

Dr. Arcus holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of Music at Yale University, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree. He has received awards in composition and improvisation competitions, and he is in demand as a solo recitalist, having performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Great Britain.


Rates are per person.

Double Occupancy (shared room): $905
Single Occupancy (private room): $1090
Commuter (program, meals and facility fees): $575
Non-participant (shares room with participant): $615
Stay over the night of August 24: $80 (subject to availability)

*Register by May 1, 2018 to save 10%!*

Payment and Cancellations

Deposit: A $100 deposit, per person, is required at the time of registration. This nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit is deducted from the total fee. We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Echeck.
Balance due: Payment in full is required beginning 30 days before the event start date, which is also the Balance Due date for those only paying the initial deposit when registering.

Cancellations: Cancellations and refunds are provided in a tiered system based on proximity to the event start date. Any cancellation made at least three weeks (21 days) before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 15-20 days before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 50% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made 8-14 days before the event’s start date will result in the forfeiture of the $100.00 deposit and a 25% refund of any remaining balance will be issued. Cancellations made within 7 days of the event’s start date are not eligible for a refund.


Check-in: 4–6 p.m. Sunday, August 19
Check-out: 10 a.m. Friday, August 24

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For more information, please contact Director of Formation Programs and Resident Chaplain Richmond Jones at or 828-692-9136 Ext. 2745.