Worship Leadership - Summer Programming Week 1
with Helen Dunn, Jeffrey Preiss, & Kevin Zakresky
HELEN DUNN lives and worships on the unceded ancestral lands of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh nations. She is Vicar at Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver.
Helen delights in choral music and liturgy, seeks to preach relevant biblically-grounded sermons, pastors people to respond to the Spirit of God moving within, inspires spiritual growth through theological education, and believes that leadership is collaborative and built from the ground up. Educated at St. John’s College/Durham University, United Kingdom, and at Briercrest College in Caronport, Saskatchewan, Helen embraces a broad Christian theological vision.
In 2015, Helen attended TRC hearings across Treaty Seven. Last year, she participated in the synodical process that led to the consecration of The Right Reverend Sidney Black, Suffragan Bishop of Treaty Seven Territory. Helen is slowly learning about English settler history in Canada and the effects of colonialism on Indigenous land ownership and self-determination. She is curious what settler congregations can learn from Indigenous perspectives on spirituality and is particularly interested in the Indigenous Catechisttraining manual developed by the Office of the National Indigenous Anglican Bishop [available pdf download here »].
JEFFREY PREISS is a deacon at Christ Church Cathedral and works at QMUNITY, British Columbia’s queer, trans, and Two-Spirit resource centre [website »], both on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, and Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.
Following Matthew 25:40 », Jeffrey is passionate about working toward allyship with communities and individuals oppressed by dominant discourses, systems of power, and inherited and unchecked privilege. He brings to the Cathedralcommunity a pastoral lens that focuses the church on understanding its own privileges and how the church and its members must unlearn and undo forms of oppression in order to serve all God’s people.
KEVIN ZAKRESKY is a choral and orchestral conductor living in Vancouver. Most recently he has toured the world conducting the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses as well as RePlay: Symphony of Heroes. Next year he will conduct a world tour of the National Geographic Symphony. When in Vancouver he teaches singing, directs operas, and leads music at St Helen’s Anglican Church in Point Grey. Visit Kevin's website here »