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REGISTRATION and SCHEDULE for the 2020 Annual Meeting-- January 2-5, 2020-- will be posted beginning October 2019.


1550 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Getting to Atlanta and the Hotel

If you're arriving by air, you'll arrive at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, about 20 minutes south of Downtown Atlanta by car. MARTA trains from the airport can get you to within a 4 block walk of the hotel. Take the blue/green line train to Five Points, and the the gold/red line one stop to the Peachtree Center Transit Station.

Atlanta is easily accessible via three major Interstates, 20 (EW), 75 and 85 (N/S). 

If you want the flexibility to take your time, stopping along the way to enjoy the view, driving your own vehicle is the way to go! Renting a car lets you establish your own timetable for sightseeing and getting around Atlanta the greater Atlanta area communities nearby. The Atlanta Tourism site includes may suggestions for tourists in and around Atlanta.

Amtrak provides service to downtown Denver. Learn more at the Amtrak ATL website. From there you can pick up an Uber or Lyft to the hotel.

Consider a Sponsorship!

Learn more about our sponsor recognition program.

Event Sponsors

 Logos of 2020 sponsors will be posted here.

Special housing requests (retired, roommates, accessible rooms)

Contact Courtney Murtaugh if you have questions about rooms.

Looking for a roommate? If you are looking for a roommate, we can put you in touch with others who are looking to share a room.

Accessible rooms can also be requested.

Please do not contact the hotel for a retired rate, roommate request, or accessible room. These details are coordinated exclusively by Courtney Murtaugh.

Scholarship requests

Click here to apply for a scholarship.

Important deadlines

  • Apply for scholarships by November 1. Download the NAAL scholarship form

  • Apply for first time visitor status by November 1.

  • Register for the meeting by November 19 for early registration rate.


Click here for information on seminars, the heart of the NAAL annual meeting.

Pre-meetings and Sidebars

A number of denominations and associations offer pre-meetings during Thursday morning and early afternoon on the day of the Opening Rite (Thursday evening). Pre-meeting coordinators, contact Courtney Murtaugh as soon as possible to arrange pre-meeting details.

Sidebar conversations  are ad hoc occasions for Academy members and visitors to convene around particular interests that are distinct from seminar work

Contact Meeting Manager Courtney Murtaugh if you would like to organize a Sidebar for the 2020 Atlanta meeting.

If you want to lead a sidebar conversation, contact the NAAL President as soon as possible.


Please contact Michael Prendergast, exhibit coordinator, for information regarding exhibits.

NAAL members may contact Michael if you have a recently (2013-present) or newly published book coming out before the 2019 Annual Meeting. He will advise you about the possibility of having a display copy present at the meeting.

Voting by Proxy

If you are a member who is unable to attend the annual meeting, you may vote by proxy by submitting your request in writing to the Secretary in advance of the business meeting.  Requests should name the member voting as proxy and may be hardcopy or email.

NAAL Promotes Green

In an effort to be socially responsible regarding the environment, we have taken a proactive approach to be as green as possible while planning for the Annual Meeting. The North American Academy of Liturgy recognizes that our work may have a direct or indirect effect on the local, regional and global environment. We are committed to reducing harmful effects on the environment that are a result of our meeting.

Worship at the Annual Meeting

Over the years NAAL has developed a pattern of worship that takes account of our identity as an academic society that is ecumenical and interfaith. Under the direction of the Academy's President, worship is planned each year to include two occasions of intentionally interfaith and ecumenical worship.  Other opportunities for worship, including those planned by a particular faith tradition, may be included on the Annual Meeting schedule.

  • The Academy meeting opens with an interfaith Rite of Thanksgiving and Remembrance, at which we give thanks for all that has been during the past year and we remember Academy members who have died during the previous year.

  • At the Academy banquet, we offer a table prayer. Our table prayers are created by Academy members for this occasion.

  • A simple interfaith service may mark the conclusion of the meeting.

  • Other worship opportunities during the Academy meeting may occur, and may be drawn from one of the worship traditions represented by Academy members.

All members and visitors, and their traveling companions, are welcome at any occasion of Academy worship and participate to the extent that they are able.

Statement on Disability

Click here to read the NAAL statement on disability

Future meetings

Upcoming meetings are scheduled for the following dates and cities.

2020: January 2-5 | Atlanta

2021: January 7-10 | Seattle

2022: January 2-5Toronto

2023: January 2-5Kansas City 

Image Credit: Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Past Meetings

Read about the history of our annual meetings including various locations, award recipients, plenary addresses and much more!

Learn more »