ALL MUSIC IS GOD’S: Spiritual Retreat

Spiritual Retreat
October 21-23, 2016
Spiritual Formation Center & Kirtland Temple
Guest Facilitator: Don Compier
Retreat Fee: $85.00 per person (includes meals, materials, and entry to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)

Registration: This retreat is full! 

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2016

Contact: for more information.

Retreat Description: Join us in a spiritual retreat experience focused on encountering God through popular music! Don Compier will guide us in a search for Spirit across genres, an exploration of music as a vehicle for justice throughout history, and a pilgrimage to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Transcending boundaries of “secular” and “sacred” this retreat will emphasize God’s presence in all things and how holy encounter can be as accessible as turning on the radio!

Recommended Reading: Listening to Popular Music by Don Compier

Book Description from Amazon: Many Christians regularly enjoy listening to rock and roll, blues, country, and hip-hop while driving in the car, jogging, or relaxing in the den, and most would not censor lyrical themes rarely found in “Christian music.” Often we justify our practices by describing this guilty pleasure as just entertainment or relaxation, accepting the divide between what liturgical theologian Don Saliers has called “Saturday evening and Sunday morning.” Reflecting on music from the Beatles to Los Lobos, Don Compier argues that Christian faith shapes what we hear while in turn positively contributing to Christian spiritual formation. In exploring how musical styles have been received and resisted throughout Christian history and critically engaging issues of commerce and social justice, he shows how attention to the situated spirituality of listening breaks down the supposed split between the “sacred” and the “secular” in contemporary Western culture.

Draft Weekend Schedule 



6:00PM Registration & Materials/ Fellowship & Snacks

7:00 Orientation

7:45 Opening Worship: All Music is God’s

9:00 Rest & Renewal


7:30 Early Morning Meditation options (including time in the Kirtland Temple)

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Opening Devotion

9:15 Session One: The Soundtrack of Our Lives with Don Compier

10:30 Break

11:00 Session Two: The Sacred History of Popular Music with Don Compier

12:15 Lunch

1:30 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Group tour and individual time for exploring)

6:00 Dinner

7:30 Seeking Spirit in Song (Scott Giles will lead us in a worshipful experience using all “secular” music. The focus will be on listening for the voice of God in the many voices around us. )

9:00 Rest & Renewal


7:30 Early Morning Meditation options (including time in the Kirtland Temple)

8:00 Breakfast

9:00 Session Three: Costly Grace in Music with Don Compier

10:30 Break

11:00 Closing Worship (Kirtland Temple)

12:00 Retreat Ends

Dr. Don H. Compier (Ph.D. in theology, Emory University) is Dean of the Bishop Kemper School for Ministry in Topeka, KS. It is an innovative collaboration between the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Midwest, seeking to make high quality theological education available to all persons seeking to enhance their ministry, lay or ordained.

Dr. Compier taught Master’s and Ph.D. courses in theology, philosophy, and modern church history at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA from 1992 to 2001. He has also offered classes at Saint Paul School of Theology and Eden Theological Seminary. He served as dean of Community of Christ Seminary at Graceland University from 2002 until 2014 as it developed an innovative online curriculum.

Don has published several books, including Listening to Popular Music (Fortress Press, 2013), selected as one of the ten best books in ethics in the annual book review issue of Christian Century, and a co-edited volume, Empire and the Christian Tradition (Fortress Press, 2007), which was named the best reference book of the year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. He has been a member of the select Workgroup on Constructive Christian Theology since 2000, working on several co-authored volumes.

Raised in Community of Christ, he served this denomination in a variety of roles, including President of Seventy, Counselor to the President of the High Priest Quorum, and member of the Standing High Council.

A passionate world citizen, Don has offered workshops and consulted with theological educators in many nations. Don has long been involved in Latino ministry and culture.

Don attended primary schools in the Netherlands, where his mother, sister, and other relatives still reside. He has been married to Yolanda Santos of Mexico City for thirty-five years. Their daughter Nancy Gall teaches ninth grade Spanish and French in Belton, MO. Son-in-law AJ Gall is an engineer working to make power plants more efficient. Don will celebrate the arrival of his first grandchild in May 2016.

Retreat FLYER: All Music is God’s

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