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Annual Meeting 2018: Vancouver, BC

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Registration and Room Information


For a complete schedule of 2018 Annual Meeting,click here.
To register for the meeting, click here.
If you wish to renew your membership without registering for the meeting, click here.
To make your hotel reservation, click here.

Hotel Information

655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2R7, Canada
Phone: 1.604.639.4846

Room Rates (rates good 1/2/18-1/7/18)
USD currency rate at of 4/1/17

Single/Double $138 CAD/$104 USD
Triple $168 CAD/$127 USD
Quad $198 CAD/$149 USD
Regency Club $188 CAD/$142 USD
Retired Rate $99 CAD/$75 USD

Complimentary Internet in all Guest rooms

Getting to Vancouver, BC

If you're arriving by air, you'll most likely be flying into Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Located just 25 minutes from downtown, YVR is consistently rated one of the best airports in North America. There are more than a dozen international flights in and out of YVR every day, with 22 bound for the United States.

Car & RV
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 Vancouver. If you’re traveling further afield, especially to more remote regions, a Recreational Vehicle (RV) is a good choice, allowing you to skip hotels while still enjoying comfortable accommodations. Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, accesses Vancouver from points east. If planning a driving tour, allow 4 hours from Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley, 12 hours from Calgary, and five days from Montreal. If you’re arriving in Vancouver from Victoria or Vancouver Island, you’ll need to take your car on a BC Ferries vessel across the Strait of Georgia to the mainland. Vancouver is only three hours north of Seattle. Take the Interstate 5, which becomes Highway 99 at the United States-Canada border. View the Vancouver Tourism Maps section for additional information about traveling within and around Vancouver. For information on road conditions within BC, contact BC Ministry of Transportation at 604.660.9770 (Vancouver) or visit

Pacific Central Station is the terminus for both VIA Rail and Amtrak trains, and is located just east of downtown Vancouver at Main and Terminal streets. Rocky Mountaineer trains operate out of their own facilities, with stations in East Vancouver (close to Pacific Central Station) and North Vancouver.

Additional Information for travel to Canada
Vancouver Tourism Website
Important Passport Information
NOTE: Due to recent changes for US citizens traveling aboard, we recommend that you be aware of potential changes regarding entry into Canada. If you do not have a passport we suggest you start the passport application process ASAP

2018 Registration Fees will remain the same as 2017. Registration will open approximately September 15, 2017.

Vancouver 2018 Meeting Registration Fees 


September 1- November 19 (Early Registration)



November 20 - December 20 (Late Registration)



On site registration



Please remember that meeting registration 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, 2017.

Consider a Sponsorship!

See our new sponsor recognition program.


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

The following Sidebar conversations are already planned for 2018

Local Planning Committee Meeting for Denver, CO, in 2019: Vice-President Melinda Quivik, convening

Black Scholars: Gennifer Brooks, convening. They will meet for a dinner preceding Opening Worship on Thursday and a lunch whose place and time will be listed on the schedule.

Task Force on Status of Minorities in the Discipline: Sharon Fennema, convening ·

Visitors' Sidebar: President Jennifer Lord and Past-President Joyce Zimmerman, convening

Contact Meeting Manager Courtney Murtaugh if you would like to organize a Sidebar for the 2018 Vancouver, BC, 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 2018 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.

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 


Image Credit: Photo by Dave Olson. Used by permission. CC BY-SA 2.0.