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Annual Meeting 2017: Washington DC



Registration and Room Information


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Hotel Reservation



Click here for complete schedule of 2017 Annual Meeting.


Hotel Information

Renaissance Downtown Washington, DC
999 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

For your convenience the hotel reservation site has been opened. You can make your reservation today by clicking at Reserve Hotel or by calling 1-800-393-2505.

The room rate for Washington, DC is $139 USD per night, single/double and Internet access is complimentary. Click here for additional services and amenities.

Hotel Meeting Rooms PDF


Washington 2017 Meeting Registration Fees 


Through November 19 (Early Registration)



November 20 - December 30 (Late Registration)



On site registration



Please remember that all fees are quoted in and payments must be paid in US funds drawn on a US bank. Canadian and overseas registrants: Registration by credit card through the online registration site will save the extra cost of a check in US funds.

A cancellation administrative charge of $35.00, will apply to any cancellation that occurs after initial registration. Except in cases of unavoidable emergency, no refunds will be issued for cancellations that occur after December 15, 2016.


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Washington Transportation, Dining, and Other Information

Dining Options to Exlpore and search Washington, DC Downtown Restaurants

Dining Recommendations from the Local Committee


Downtown Churches

Recommendations from the Local Committee


Map to Hotel

Click here for an interactive map to and from the hotel.


Rail: Amtrak

Super Shuttle from any airport:
Book Online before you depart for Washington, DC


Reagan Airport

To/From Reagan National Airport and Interactive Terminal Map

Ground Transportation Options:

Alternate transportation:
Subway (Metro): [Yellow line]
GALLERY PLACE; fee: 2.50 USD (one way)
Bus service, fee: 10.00 USD  (one way)
Subway service, fee:  2.50 USD  (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 19.00 USD  (one way)

Baltimore Washington Airport

Car: To/From Baltimore BWI Airport:

Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway South (MD 295) to US50 west (New York Ave.). Take New York Ave. at 5th St. Stay to the right and the street will become L St. Turn onto 9th St. The hotel is on the left. *** From I-95 S to I-295 S. Towards 50 West, will turn into New York Avenue. Continue on New York Avenue and make a left onto 9th Street NW. The hotel is 2 blocks down on your left.

Ground Transportation BWI:
Alternate transportation: Amtrak to Union Station and then Metro[red] to hotel; fee: 35.00 USD (one way)
Estimated taxi fare: 65 USD  (one way)

Dulles Airport

Follow the signs to Dulles Airport Access Rd. Merge onto VA-267 E which becomes I-66 E. Take I-66 E to the Roosevelt Bridge, stay in the middle lane. Take the Constitution Ave exit off of the Roosevelt Bridge. Follow Constitution Ave until 12th Street and turn left. Continue on 12th Street and make a right turn on New York Ave. Proceed on New York Ave for two blocks and make a right turn on 9th Street. The hotel is on your immediate left.

Ground Transportation Options from Dulles:

Transportation Options while in DC

Special housing requests (retired, roommates, accessible rooms)

Contact Courtney Murtaugh if you have questions about rooms.

Retired members rooms are $119 USD per night. 

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 have to be coordinated 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 15 for early registration rate.



Click here for information on the seminars that are at the heart of the NAAL annual meeting.


Pre-meetings and sidebars

Pre-meeting coordinators, contact Courtney Murtaugh as soon as possible to arrange pre-meeting details.

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 newly published book coming out before the 2015 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.

2017: January 5-8 | Washington DC

2018: January 4-7 | Vancouver, British Columbia

2019: January 3-6 | Denver

2020: January 2-5 | Atlanta

2021: January 7-10 | Seattle

2022: January 6-9 | Toronto 

2023: January 5-8 | Kansas City