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Justice Songfest with Mark Miller

Mark Miller at a piano

If you love to sing and seek a fully-inclusive church, this workshop is for you!

March 7, 2020

Time: Workshop 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Concert 7 p.m.
Registration Fee: $15 (includes 1 CEU, morning hospitality, lunch, and music packets)
Location: First United Methodist Church of Evanston | 516 Church St., Evanston, Illinois

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Hosted by the Music Ministry and Reconciling Task Force of First United Methodist Church of Evanston, the day includes a series of morning and afternoon workshops and rehearsals with acclaimed musician and arranger Mark Miller and culminating in an evening concert. Participants will attend Mark’s workshops and rehearsals throughout the day and receive lunch and music packets for a registration fee of $15. Garrett-Evangelical will provide 1 CEU to participants. Participants do not need to be music professionals; singers, church musicians, and music leaders are encouraged to attend.

After the morning and afternoon workshops, participants can dine at any of dozens of restaurants in downtown Evanston for dinner before returning for the Justice Songfest at 7:00 p.m., which will feature Mark and everyone who has participated throughout the day. The Saturday evening concert is free and open to public, and a special “miracle offering” for the Reconciling Ministries Network will be gathered.

For more information on the workshops and concert, contact Brian Schoettler at For more information on CEUs, contact Connectional Learning at

About Mark Miller

Mark Miller at a pianoMark believes passionately that music can change the world.  He also believes in Cornel west’s declaration: “Justice is what love looks like in public.” Mark’s dream is that the music he composes, performs, teaches, and leads will inspire and empower people to create the beloved community.  Mark is an Associate Professor of Church Music and Composer in Residence at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.  He is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University.  He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, NJ, and Composer in Residence of Harmonium Choral Society in Morristown, NJ. For over 20 years, he has traveled to every part of the country delighting congregations with the power and joy of music-making.

Since 1999 Mark has led music for United Methodists and others around the country, including directing music for the 2008 General Conference. His choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild and his hymns are published in “Worship & Song,” “Sing! Prayer and Praise,” “Zion Still Sings,” “Amazing Abundance,” “The Faith We Sing,” and others. His album, “Imagine the People of God,” is available on iTunes. More details can be found on his website: .

Mark received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from Yale University and his Master of Music in Organ Performance from Juilliard. Mark is a lifelong United Methodist. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy.  As a lay delegate to the 2000 and 2004 and 2012 General Conferences, Mark was a witness to Christ’s mission of breaking down the dividing walls of hostility and fear in the United Methodist Church.

Mark resides in Plainfield, NJ, with his husband of 24 years, Michael Murden, and their two children, Alyse and Keith.

Parking and Transportation

Parking is available in a public parking garage across from the church, at Chicago Ave and Church Street in Evanston.  Limited street parking may also be available. The church is also a ten-minute walk from the Davis Street stations of both the CTA Purple Line and Metra.