Bethania Lutheran Church presents “Solvang Folk School Talks:” February 21 – 23, 2020 in Solvang

Michael Gungor

Hillary McBride

William Matthews


The Liturgists, one of the top religion podcasts in the country, is coming to Solvang February 21-23 for the newly created “Solvang Folk School Talks.”  Hosted by Bethania Lutheran Church, the weekend of activities will center around a series of talks that engage on current and pressing topics through the lenses of science, art, and faith.

Pastor Chris Brown will lead a program that also includes receptions, book signings, discussion, singing and more. To register visit Registration will be available at the door as space permits.

Events begin with a social gathering on Friday February 21 from 7 to 9 pm. The $35 fee includes a meet and greet with the speakers, light desserts with wine and beer, book signing and socializing.

The main event is an all-day series of talks on Saturday February 22 with The Liturgists hosts Michael Gungor, Hillary McBride and William Matthews.  Their work is centered around compelling discussion, non-judgmental community, and thoughtful, evocative art. The Liturgists are a global community working to subvert the barriers society builds around religion, race, gender, ability, and sexuality. Talks begin at 9am and conclude with a reception at 5:15. Registration is $100 per person.

The events continue on Sunday February 23 with a free Panel Discussion at 11 am following the 9:30 worship service. Child care is available with advance reservations.

The Liturgists co-founder Michael Gungor is a Grammy-nominated musician and composer who lives in Los Angeles. Dr. Hillary McBride a Registered Clinical Counsellor in Vancouver, WA. She was awarded the international Young Investigators Award for her work in human sexuality and recently published her first book. William Matthews is known around the world as a singer, songwriter, and popular recording artist who for the past decade has extensively toured and performed all across the U.S. and around the globe and is noted for his social activism.

Bethania Lutheran Church is located at 603 Atterdag Road in Solvang. For more information, visit, or phone Bethania at (805) 688-4637.

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