Summit has enriched its conference through multiple artistic class sessions, activities and coffeehouses.
The art and faith track of Summit was created to help attendees understand how art can affect and influence individual and worldly faith.
Dr. Brady Bryce, director of ministry events, said he is looking forward to what these activities will bring to the students and attendees.
“I really love providing something that people are able to come to for free and have so many options that allows them to be around different kinds of people,” Bryce said, “and be exposed to ideas that challenge them and stretch them past a comfortable faith into a really transforming faith.”
Multiple concerts are scheduled in the evenings throughout the week. Those performers include the Acappella, The Brilliance and The Hemingways.
Acappella is a contemporary Christian musical group consisting of all-male performers. Founded in 1982 by Keith Lancaster, the group has gone through many members and has increased its popularity through vocal experimentation over the past three decades. They will perform this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the Fulks Theatre of the Williams Performing Arts Center.
The Brilliance is a relatively new Christian band. They have opened for Gungor and their popularity is on the rise. They use complex instruments to produce simple music with a Christian message. The performance will be at 8 p.m. Monday in the WPAC’s Recital Hall.
The Hemingways, who have an acoustic sound, will perform 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chapel on the Hill. The lead singer and guitar player is Amy McLaughlin-Sheasby, a graduate student here at ACU.
Bryce said that this year is the Students’ Association first year to fully fund one of the concerts. They chose The Brilliance as their debuting band.
Dylan Benac, president of Students’ Association, said that SA has helped in the decision of bands for Summit for many years. The officers are responsible for figuring out the expenses and booking the bands.
“The Brilliance came up as something that was both reasonable and also really exciting,” Benac said. “They’re an up and coming band that we felt was going to provide something for the students and the people that attend summit as well, the adults.”
In an attempt to portray tactile and aesthetic expressions of faith, Summit is bringing in Nancy Harbron, an active potter and creator of The Peaceful Pottery Ministry. She will show off her ceramic talents while simultaneously connecting the art of pottery to a relationship with God.
Her presentation consists of three parts that will take place throughout the week. All three sessions, God Prepares Us, God Shapes Us and God Finishes Us, are at 4-4:45 p.m. Monday-Wednesday in room 117 of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building.
Unfortunately, the spirit-laden iron, which is about a 9 year old tradition, is cancelled due to broken equipment.
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