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Justice Songfest

Posted: January 2 2020 at 12:00 AM

Mark Miller

Registration is open for the Mark Miller Justice Songfest on March 7, 2020, for all those who love to sing and seek a fully inclusive United Methodist Church!

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

Mark Miller believes passionately that music can change the world. He also believes in Cornel West’s declaration: “Justice is what love looks like in public.” His 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, and is a Lecturer in the Practice of Sacred Music at Yale University. He is also the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit, New Jersey and Composer in Residence of Harmonium Choral Society in NJ. Since 1999 he has traveled to every part of the country delighting congregations with the power and joy of music-making. 

Mark’s compositions are sung throughout the United Methodist Church and other denominations and his choral anthems are best sellers for Abingdon Press and Choristers Guild. His hymns are published in hymnals and collections including: “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 is a lifelong United Methodist. He is the grandson, son, brother, uncle, and cousin to United Methodist clergy. As a lay delegate to 2000, 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, New Jersey, with his wonderfully forgiving husband of 24 years, Michael Murden, and their two beautiful children, Alyse and Keith.

For those attending either the concert or registering for the whole day, a public parking garage is located across from the church at Chicago Ave. & Church St. and limited street parking is also available. Street parking is also available. The church is a 10-minute walk east of the Davis Street stops on both the CTA Purple Line the Metra UP-North Line.

To register, visit:
For additional information or questions, contact:
Brian Schoettler
Minister of Music & Organist
First United Methodist Church of Evanston
516 Church Street, Evanston, Illinois 60201

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