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Annual Meeting 2019: Denver, Colorado



Registration, Renewal, and Room Information


Dues Renewal

Hotel Reservation


The full schedule, with room locations, presentation schedules, and documents for the business meeting may be found online at

Thursday, January 3
9 a.m.- 3 p.m.         Premeetings
11 a.m.- 7 p.m.       Registration Available
1 p.m.-3 p.m.         Emerging Scholars Meeting
3 p.m.                    Visitor Orientation
3:30 p.m.               Visitor and Convener Reception
5-7 p.m.                 Dinner (on your own)
7-7:45 p.m.            Opening Rite (in hotel)
7:45-8:45 p.m.       Vice President's Address: "Faith’s Unfinished Business: Can the Easter
                              Season’s Mysticism Empower Ethical Praxis?"
8:45 p.m.               President's Reception

Friday, January 4
8-8:30 a.m.            Worship: Presbyterian Morning Prayer (Central Presbyterian Church)
8:45-9:30 a.m.       Breakfast (plated) with Candidate and Exhibitor Introductions
9:45 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Seminars
12:15-1:45 p.m.     Lunch (on your own) with Sidebars: Black Scholars, Queering the Liturgy,
                              Under-represented Scholars in the Discipline, Local Planning for Atlanta
1:45-3:15 p.m.      Seminars
3:15-4:15 p.m.       Break
4:15-6:15 p.m.      Seminars
6:15 p.m.               Free Evening (dinner on your own)

Saturday, January 5
8:45-10:45 a.m.   Seminars
11 a.m. - Noon     Plenary

                             "Romancing the Liturgy: Culture vs. Deep Culture in American   
                             Indian Appropriation, " Dr. Tink Tinker, Emeritus Professor of American
                             Indian Culture and Religious Traditions, Iliff School of Theology
Noon - 1:30 p.m.   Lunch (on your own) with Sidebars: Diversity Statement, Visitors
1:30-3:00 p.m.     Seminars
3-4 p.m.                Break
4-5 p.m.                Business Meeting (members and candidates for membership)
5-5:45 p.m.           Choir Practice for Banquet
5:45-6 p.m.           Havdalah
6-6:45 p.m.           Pre-banquet Reception
6:45 p.m.              Banquet with Berakah Address (Martin Seltz, 2019 Berekah Recipient)
                             "Booking Worship: Thanksgivings and Petitions after Fifty Years of
                             Lutheran Liturgical Publishing"

Sunday, January 6
On your own for worship, local tours, or travel

Hotel Information


1550 Court Place
Denver, Colorado 90202

Room Rates (rates good 1/1/19-1/6/19)
$129/night plus tax Standard Room
$99/night plus tax for retired members

Complimentary Internet in all Guest rooms


Event Sponsors

Organizations or persons who sponsor the 2019 Academy Meeting at the $1000 level or above will have their logos posted here. 

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Getting to Denver, Colorado

If you're arriving by air, you'll arrive at the Denver International Airport, about 40 minutes outside of Downtown Denver. A new light rail service carries passengers into downtown Denver for $9 one way.


Denver is easily accessible via three major Interstates, 70 and 76 (EW) and 25 (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 Denver and the greater Rockies communities nearby. The Denver Tourism website includes may suggestions for tourists in and around Denver.

Amtrak provides service to downtown Denver. Learn more at the Amtrak Union Station website.  

How to get to the hotel from the Denver International Airport

Follow signs at the Denver International Airport to Westin Hotel and Transit Center.

Take the light rail to the Union Station stop (end of the line).

Exit the train and go through the station onto the Plaza at Wynkoop Street.

Turn right.

When you cross the street at 16th street, stand at the Free MallRide bus stop.

Take the free bus to the Court Place bus stop.

The Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel is at the corner of Court and 16th Street.

Denver 2019 Meeting Registration Fees


September 1- November 19 (Early Registration)



November 20 - December 20 (Late Registration)



On site registration



Please remember that meeting registration fees are quoted in and payments must be paid in US funds drawn on a US bank. Canadian and overseas registrants: Registration by credit card through the online registration site will save the extra cost of a check in US funds.

A cancellation administrative charge of $35.00, will apply to any cancellation that occurs after initial registration. Except in cases of unavoidable emergency, no refunds will be issued for cancellations that occur after December 15, 2018.

Consider a Sponsorship!

See our new sponsor recognition program.


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.

Please do not contact the hotel for a retired rate, roommate request, or accessible room. These details are coordinated exclusively by 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.


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

The following lunchtime Sidebar conversations have been planned for 2019.

Friday, January 4
Local Planning Committee Meeting for Atlanta, GA, in 2020: Vice-President Bruce Morrill, convening
Black Scholars: Gennifer Brooks, convening.
Queering the Liturgy: Scott Haldeman convening ·
Status of Minorities in the Discipline:
Convener TBA

Saturday, January 5
Diversity Statement Sidebar: Treasurer Anne Yardley, convening.
Visitors' Sidebar: President Melinda Quivik and Past-President Jennifer Lord, convening

Contact Meeting Manager Courtney Murtaugh if you would like to organize a Sidebar for the 2020 Atlanta meeting.

If you want to lead a sidebar conversation, contact the NAAL President as soon as possible.


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 2019 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.

2020: January 2-5 | Atlanta

2021: January 7-10 | Seattle

2022: January 2-5Toronto

2023: January 2-5Kansas City 


Image Credit: Sheraton Downtown Denver