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Annual Meeting 2020: Atlanta, Georgia

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Please note: Using our Academy hotel helps us reach the minimum room block that permits us to obtain substantially reduced prices for our meetings. Failing to meet that bloc can lead to a substantial cost penalty to the Academy. Please consider impacts on the Academy if considering other housing. 

If you need assistance with finding roommates to help offset room costs, please contact our meeting Manager, Courtney Murtaugh ([email protected]). 

Registration, Dues, and Reservations

Registration and hotel reservations are now open for the 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, January 2-5, 2020. See detailed meeting information below. Or follow the links here to register, pay dues, and make your hotel reservation.

Please remember that Dues Renewal is a separate process from Meeting Registration. This is why they are on separate links.

Registration

Dues Renewal

Hotel: (Click appropriate rate to make reservation )
Conference Rate
Retired Member Conference Rate


Schedule

DAY 1

Thursday, January 2

900-300

PRE-MEETINGS

1100-630

REGISTRATION

100-300

EMERGING SCHOLARS MTG

300

EXHIBITS OPEN

230-330

CONVENOR MEETING (ROUNDTABLE) (Lisa Weaver and Bruce Morrill)

300

NEW VISITOR ORIENTATION (Gennifer Brooks and Melinda Quivik)

330

VISITORS & CONVENORS RECEPTION

500-700

DINNER ON YOUR OWN

700-730

OPENING RITE (in hotel)

730-740

Introduction of candidates for office & membership; Thanks to exhibitors, donors

745-845

V-P ADDRESS

845

PRESIDENT'S RECEPTION

DAY 2

Friday, January 3

830-1015

SEMINARS

1015-1030

Buses load and depart by 10:30

1045-1145

VISIT MLK SITE/OUR LADY OF LOURDES: tour, worship in RC tradition, box lunch

1200-1230

OUR LADY OF LOURDES: Worship in RC Tradition

1230-130

Lunch and Food to Hungry @ 1:00 pm

130-145

Buses load and depart

145-215

FREE TIME/book exhibits, social time

215-345

SEMINARS

345-430

BREAK

430-600

SEMINARS

600

FREE EVENING

DAY 3

Saturday, January 4

800-820

MORNING PRAYER in UMC tradition, hotel ballroom

830-1015

SEMINARS

1015-1100

BREAK

1100-1230

SEMINARS

1230-200

LUNCH w/ Sidebars (Visitors, Local Planning Committee, African-American/Black Scholars, EDI Committee (Andrew Wymer))

200-345

SEMINARS

400

EXHIBITS CLOSE

400-500

BUSINESS MEETING

500-545

CHOIR PRACTICE

545-635

RECEPTION

635-645

WORSHIP in Jewish Tradition (Havdalah)

645

BANQUET w/ Berakah Response by Joyce Ann Zimmerman, "The Relationality of Gratitude"

 

Hotel

SHERATON ATLANTA HOTEL
1550 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Getting to Atlanta and the Hotel

Air
If you're arriving by air, you'll arrive at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, about 20 minutes south of Downtown Atlanta by car. From the airport, take the MARTA GOLD or RED Rail to the Peachtree Center Transit  Station. Then walk to the hotel by starting on Peachtree Street Northeast heading NORTH, then RIGHT on to Ellis Street Northeast, then LEFT on to Courtland Street Northeast.  The hotel address is 1550 Courtland Street NE.

Uber, Lyft, and taxi services are also available.


Car
Atlanta is easily accessible via three major Interstates, 20 (EW), 75 and 85 (N/S). 

If you want the flexibility to take your time, stopping along the way to enjoy the view, driving your own vehicle is the way to go! Renting a car lets you establish your own timetable for sightseeing and getting around Atlanta the greater Atlanta area communities nearby. The Atlanta Tourism site includes may suggestions for tourists in and around Atlanta.

Train
Amtrak provides service to downtown Atlanta. Learn more at the Amtrak ATL website. From there you can pick up an Uber or Lyft to the hotel. 

Consider a Sponsorship!

Learn more about our sponsor recognition program.


Event Sponsors

 

 

Logos of 2020 sponsors will be posted here.

 

 

 

Special housing requests (retired, roommates, accessible rooms)

Contact Courtney Murtaugh if you have questions about rooms.

Looking for a roommate? If you are looking for a roommate, we can put you in touch with others who are looking to share a room.

Accessible rooms can also be requested.

For a retired rate, roommate request, or accessible room contact Courtney Murtaugh.

Scholarship requests

Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Important deadlines

  • Apply for scholarships by November 1. Download the NAAL scholarship form
  • Apply for first time visitor status by November 1.
  • Register for the meeting by November 19 for early registration rate.

Seminars

Click here for information on seminars, the heart of the NAAL annual meeting.

Pre-meetings and Sidebars

A number of denominations and associations offer pre-meetings during Thursday morning and early afternoon on the day of the Opening Rite (Thursday evening). Pre-meeting coordinators, contact Courtney Murtaugh as soon as possible to arrange pre-meeting details.

Sidebar conversations are ad hoc occasions for Academy members and visitors to convene around particular interests that are distinct from seminar work

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Exhibits

Please contact Michael Prendergast, exhibit coordinator, for information regarding exhibits.

NAAL members may contact Michael if you have a recently (2013-present) or newly published book coming out before the 2020 Annual Meeting. He will advise you about the possibility of having a display copy present at the meeting.

Voting by Proxy

If you are a member who is unable to attend the annual meeting, you may vote by proxy by submitting your request in writing to the Secretary in advance of the business meeting.  Requests should name the member voting as proxy and may be hardcopy or email.

NAAL promotes green

In an effort to be socially responsible regarding the environment, we have taken a proactive approach to be as green as possible while planning for the Annual Meeting. The North American Academy of Liturgy recognizes that our work may have a direct or indirect effect on the local, regional and global environment. We are committed to reducing harmful effects on the environment that are a result of our meeting.

Worship at the Annual Meeting

Over the years NAAL has developed a pattern of worship that takes account of our identity as an academic society that is ecumenical and interfaith. Under the direction of the Academy's President, worship is planned each year to include two occasions of intentionally interfaith and ecumenical worship.  Other opportunities for worship, including those planned by a particular faith tradition, may be included on the Annual Meeting schedule.

  • The Academy meeting opens with an interfaith Rite of Thanksgiving and Remembrance, at which we give thanks for all that has been during the past year and we remember Academy members who have died during the previous year.
  • At the Academy banquet, we offer a table prayer. Our table prayers are created by Academy members for this occasion.
  • A simple interfaith service may mark the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Other worship opportunities during the Academy meeting may occur, and may be drawn from one of the worship traditions represented by Academy members.

All members and visitors, and their traveling companions, are welcome at any occasion of Academy worship and participate to the extent that they are able.

 

Statement on Disability

Click here to read the NAAL statement on disability

Future meetings

Upcoming meetings are scheduled for the following dates and cities.

2021: January 7-10 | Seattle

2022: January 2-5Toronto

2023: January 2-5Kansas City 

 

Image Credit: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel