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Annual Meeting 2021: Seattle, Washington

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Please note: Using our Academy hotel helps us reach the minimum room block that permits us to obtain substantially reduced prices for our meetings. Failing to meet that bloc can lead to a substantial cost penalty to the Academy. Please consider impacts on the Academy if considering other housing. 

If you need assistance with finding roommates to help offset room costs, please contact our meeting Manager, Courtney Murtaugh ([email protected]). 

Registration, Dues, and Reservations

Coming September 2020


Our live, regularly updated schedule will be available through Sched by late fall 2020.



1900 5th Avenue
Seattle, Washington 98101

Room Rates (rates good 01/06/21 - 01/10/21) 
$150/per night plus tax Standard Room (single/double)
$99/per night plus tax for retired members
Complimentary Internet in all Guest rooms. Group rates are good 3 days prior and 3 days following the meeting dates based on availability.

Getting to Seattle and the Hotel

If you're arriving by air, you'll arrive at the SeaTac International Airport. A new light rail service carries passengers into downtown Seattle for $5 one way.  There is a shuttle service at the airport to get to the airport light rail stop.

Amtrak provides service to downtown Seattle via the King Street Station. Learn more at the 
Amtrak Union Station website.

Things to do: The Seattle Tourism website includes may suggestions for tourists in and around Seattle.

2021 Registration Fees

                                           Members                           Visitors

Early Registration                $350                                  $375

Late Registration                 $380                                  $400

On site registration              $425                                  $425

Since the beginning of 2020 the coronavirus has been of concern for travelers. We are monitoring the situation closely. We are in contact with Conference Direct and other professionals in the hospitality industry and getting regular updates. We do not anticipate any impact to the annual meeting in January 2021. If there is any change we will communicate directly to the membership. If you have any questions regarding the 2021 meeting please contact Courtney Murtaugh via email - [email protected]

Consider a Sponsorship!

Learn more about our sponsor recognition program.


Event Sponsors


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.

For a retired rate, roommate request, or accessible room contact 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


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 2020 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.

2021: January 7-10 | Seattle

2022: January 2-5Toronto

2023: January 2-5Kansas City 


Image Credit: Westin Seattle Hotel