All are welcome!

A Reconciling in Christ Congregation

Saint Mark Lutheran Church

cherwien_tandemSaint Mark Lutheran Church Visiting Theologian progam welcomes David & Susan Palo Cherwien for a weekend of discussion and learning.

The Walls Fell: The Power of Music


November 13th — 15th, 2014


All events are free and open to the public.


Saint Mark Lutheran Church
790 Marion Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
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Visiting Theologian 2014 — David and Susan Cherwien (pdf)


All events are open to the public — All are welcome! 

3:00PM American Guild of Organist Class

David Cherwien

Saint Mark Sanctuary

7:00PM And the Walls Fell: The Power of Music

Susan Palo Cherwien

Saint Mark Sanctuary

7:45PM Hospitality & Music

David Cherwien

Saint Mark Sanctuary

8:30PM Fellowship & Reception

Fireside Lounge

7:00PM Hymn Festival

Saint Mark Sanctuary ~ Doors open at 6:30pm

8:30PM Fellowship & Reception

Fireside Lounge

9:00–10:30AM Music for the Worship Service

Workshop with David Cherwien

Saint Mark Sanctuary

9:00–10:30AM Seven Good Questions

Workshop with Susan Palo Cherwien

Fireside Lounge

Thursday Lecture Topics:

And the Walls Fell: The Power of Music

Presenter: Susan Palo Cherwien
Music is not benign. Music has power to shape, to lift up, to throw down, to debase, and to heal. Into what are we being shaped by the music we choose for worship of God?

Hospitality & Music

Presenter: David Cherwien
How can the music of a parish invite participation? What are some things that assemblies can be aware of to enhance participation?

Saturday Workshop Topics:

These workshops would be especially useful for those who plan worship: clergy, music directors, organists, musicians, choir directors.

Music for the Worship Service

Presenter: David Cherwien
Techniques will be shared that encourage rather than discourage singing.

Seven Good Questions: A Template for God-Centered Worship

Presenter: Susan Palo Cherwien
Seven questions to ask for anyone involved in the shaping of worship of God.

About David & Susan Palo Cherwien

David Cherwien is cantor at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not only is he among the Twin Cities’ most celebrated organists and choral directors, David’s service to the greater church is spread across the country through his frequent leadership at hymn festivals and workshops, guest appearances and published work. Dave was the artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir in 2002.

A Twin Cities native, David has held church music positions in Chicago, Seattle and Berlin, and faculty posts at Gustavus Adolphus and Elmhurst colleges and at Luther Seminary. He holds degrees in organ performance, music theory and composition, and choral music education and has studied in Germany and France. Dave is married to co-Visiting Theologian Susan Palo Cherwien.

Susan Palo Cherwien is a freelance writer and musician. She received her bachelor’s degree in church music and voice from Wittenberg University, the Abschlussprüfung in voice from the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, and a Master of Liberal Studies from Mundelein College, where she focused on spirituality, ritual, and the arts.

Susan has written numerous hymn texts which appear in denominational hymnals in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and she is the author of O Blessed Spring: Hymn Texts of Susan Palo Cherwien (AugsburgFortress), Crossings: Meditations for Worship (Morningstar), To God Will I Sing (AugsburgFortress), From Glory Into Glory: Reflections For Worship (Morningstar), and Come, Beloved of the Maker (Augsburg Fortress).