arts + apologetics
 
 
 

RENEW 2019: Songs and Sounds

We live by songs and sounds. For better or for worse, music shapes our imaginations and our cultures. How does the Gospel renew this part of the human experience?

RENEW 2019 will explore questions of worldview, worship, and witness, as it relates to music. This gospel-centered, cross-denominational event will combine TED-style talks with breakout sessions and live musical performances.

Join us May 24-25, 2019.

 
 

Location

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Anglican Church
152 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1N9

Venue will be wheelchair accessible.


Artists & Speakers

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear

Cheryl Bear is from Nadleh Whut’en First Nation in British Columbia, Canada.

She is a multi-award winning singer, songwriter, storyteller, and author who shares stories of Indigenous life; the joy, sorrow, faith and journey. Cheryl’s first book is called Introduction to First Nations Ministry and her second, a children’s book, is called The Honour Drum. Cheryl travels to First Nations communities sharing songs of healing and songs to the Creator. She also visits non-Native communities raising awareness of Indigenous issues. For over twenty years Cheryl has been an Indigenous consultant for leaders, churches, governments, and industry professionals. Using an Indigenous style of teaching through story she guides non-Indigenous people on a journey to understand Indigenous worldview, culture, and values in order to promote reconciliation.

Cheryl has a Doctorate of Ministry from The King’s University in Los Angeles, CA; a Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, Vancouver, BC; and a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Life Bible College, Surrey, BC.

She is currently serving as the Indigenous Relations Specialist with CBM, Canadian Baptist Ministries. Cheryl is a founding member of NAIITS, an Indigenous learning community.

www.cherylbear.com

Jill Carattini

Jill Carattini

Jill Carattini

Jill Carattini is Director of Apologetics, Theology, and the Arts at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM). She is a frequent speaker and panelist and is the acting curator of Still Point, a formal gallery and new focus in RZIM’s growing emphasis on the arts and imagination as a critical means to engage contemporary culture with the person of Christ. She is the managing editor of A Slice of Infinity, a daily creative writing resource considering themes from faith and culture.

She holds a Degree in Religion from Hope College, a Master of Divinity from Western Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theology from Duke University, where she studied sacramental theology and the arts. Jill is ordained as a specialized minister in the Reformed Church of America, where she serves on the theology commission.

She has lived and worked within a Native American community in Oklahoma, and has studied in the Middle East, participating in a program aimed at understanding the culture, history, and politics of the Middle Eastern conflict. Jill is a native of Pentwater, Michigan and currently resides with her husband, Tony, and their son in Atlanta, Georgia.

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham

Wyatt Graham loves writing and spirituality. His passion is to connect head with heart through engaging with the best spiritual writings that the Christian church has produced.

Wyatt earned a BA in Philosophy and Religion with a minor in Greek at Liberty University. He also gained an MDiv and ThM (Old Testament) from the Master's Seminary. He went on to earn another ThM (Church History/Patristics) from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary as well as a PhD in Biblical Theology. His dissertation focused on the Psalms.

Currently, he serves as the executive director of the Gospel Coalition Canada. In January, he will start serving as an adjunct faculty member at Ryle Seminary. He has spoken in a variety of ecclesial and academic settings and regularly writes a column called DeTrinitate for TGC Canada on the intersection of life and theology.

He is married to Leanne, and they have one daughter and a second one on the way. Follow him on Twitter (@wagraham) and Instagram (@wyattagraham).

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme

Frédéricka Petit-Homme is a local Montrealer passionate about Jesus, music, and community. She is a course lecturer at McGill University, sings in the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra chorus, and is an active volunteer in the River's Edge Community Church worship and arts ministry. She and her husband are the proud parents of three active kids. Frédéricka is very excited to be participating in her first RENEW conference.

 
Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré

Jonathan Camiré is a French horn artist. He studied music at McGill, Orford Centre for the Arts, and Domaine Forget. He now teaches French horn in the Ottawa area and performs with a variety of ensembles. With a blend of styles ranging from classical to jazz to worship, he has been part of a unique band which brought the gospel in song to many of Ottawa's pubs. Jonathan also has recorded with Christian artists, including Héritage (Hymnes et cantiques vol. IV) and Joey McNitt (Morning Has Come). In addition to being a musician, he is a creative chef whose culinary skills have earned him the title "The Camiracle."

Jonathan currently serves at Church of the Messiah as a ministry intern and studying for his licentiate in divinity at Ryle Seminary in Ottawa. He loves seeing people becoming disciples of Jesus, living for his glory. As the creator of RENEW, Jonathan is combining his love for music, the arts, theology, and apologetics.

Jonathan and his wife, Renée, are the proud parents of a little boy.

Melody Frost

Melody Frost

Melody Frost

Melody Frost ministers at the intersection of missions, theology, and art.

Serving with the Ottawa church and abroad has nurtured Melody's appreciation for cross-cultural relationships and global Christian faith. She values how Christians who are artists can uniquely build bridges for interfaith dialogue and encourage ethnodoxology. Currently, she enjoys collaborating on RENEW's leadership team.

As a visual artist, Melody's collages explore themes of migration and home. She believes everyone journeys in one sense or another, leading to encounters with the triune God who moves with His people. Her mixed-media work integrates papers, maps, tea, paint, thread, and canvas.

Melody earned an MA in Intercultural Studies, emphasizing in Worship, Theology, and the Arts, from Fuller Seminary. She also has a BA in Applied Linguistics and Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute.

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman

Josh Gilman is the Executive Director of Strength To Fight. His background is a blend of ministry and communications. He worked for 5 years in the radio industry, including spending several years as a news anchor and reporter. It was the brokenness he had to report on every day that led him to leave the media industry to go into ministry.

After several years serving on staff at his local church, he spent 1 year in politics before the Lord led him to dive back into the brokenness two years ago by co-founding Strength To Fight, Canada's only full-time anti-porn organization.

The one thing Josh has always been doing across all vocations has been communicating difficult subjects in practical and easy to understand ways. He believes that music is a major component of communication and, as a former worship coordinator and experienced songwriter, he strongly believes that musical literacy is a crucial component to both worship and all forms of communication.

Josh lives in Ottawa with his amazing wife and their 4 children.

 

REGISTRATION

Seating is limited; reserve your tickets now! For full admission to talks, break-out sessions,
and live performances both Friday and Saturday, purchase:

  • Early Bird Regular Registration costs only $25.00 until April 19

  • Regular Registration is $30.00

  • Group Registration (10+ tickets) is $25.00 each