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Approaching Civic Holidays as Occasions of Both Thanksgiving and Lament
The Psalms form us as people of faith to express both thanks and lament to God. This offers us a perspective that is especially needed when we worship together on or near civil holidays, and face the temptation to promote a civic religion substitute for robust Christian vision.
Audio | February 23, 2017
When Soong-Chan Rah planted an urban church near Boston, he began with a series of sermons on the Book of Lamentations, a radical counter-cultural approach to ministry that later became the basis for his book Prophetic Lament.
Video | February 22, 2017
Rejoicing in Lament
Four pastors and scholars discuss wrestling with incurable cancer, cancerous racism and life in Christ. They offer insights into how congregations can follow the lead of the Psalms in practicing candid lament as an essential part of deeply joyful worship.
Conversation | April 22, 2016
Time Perception and Contextual Worship
Mark Charles shares two perceptions of time and how they impact our cultural understanding of a worship service.
Audio | July 13, 2015
The Challenging Work of Public Penitence and Reconciliation in Worship
How should worship, justice, and reconciliation be related not just in theory, but in practice?
Audio | February 27, 2014
Prayers of the People: A Spirit-Shaped Agenda for the Next Decade of Worship Ministry
A plenary session on the prayers of the people
Video | February 21, 2014
Navajo People - Prayer Requests
Praying for the Navajo people is a tricky thing. It is so easy to focus on, and become overwhelmed by, our needs.
Article | Meditation/Reflection | September 20, 2012
A Laughing Party
“Has your baby laughed?” On the Navajo reservation, that’s a common question posed to parents who have infants around the age of three months. The first laugh of a Navajo child is a very significant event.
Article | May 04, 2012
What exactly is a natural disaster? The intersection of ‘the average’ and 'the extraordinary.’
Article | December 15, 2011
Language of Adoption
Mark Charles shares insights from his Navajo Culture.
Article | November 11, 2011
What Is Truth?
As a Christian I believe truth exists but I also find that there are many interpretations and varied opinions of what is truth.
Article | November 08, 2011
Lessons from a Donkey
Mark Charles looks at how one's voice can be heard above all the noise of the world.
Article | September 28, 2011
Mark Charles on Indigenous Wisdom
Conversation with Mark Charles about Indigenous Wisdom
Conversation | July 05, 2011
Report from the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous Peoples
Report from Mark Charles, Resource Development Specialist for Indigenous Worship, on the World Christian Gathering on Indigenous Peoples.
Meditation/Reflection | January 14, 2011
It didn't happen every day, but was frequent enough that I clearly remember it. I would be sitting with my grandparents, in their house, around their kitchen table. We would be finishing a meal or even just a simple snack, and the conversation would come to a lull….
Meditation/Reflection | January 01, 2010
Just As It Should Be
It is called Throat Singing and I do not even know how to fully describe it. To me it sounded like a cross between an oboe and someone clearing his throat. It was fascinating to listen to. And as I sat there I found myself feeling excited, uncomfortable, confused and at peace, all at the same time.
Article | June 01, 2009
"Ya’at’eeh." That is what I should have said. Ya’at’eeh is a Navajo greeting. It is always accompanied with a hand shake, and, if the parties do not know each other, it is usually followed with a formal introduction.
Article | April 01, 2009
Embracing the Discomfort of Diversity
A reflection on the value of discomfort in experiencing worship outside our familiar cultural context.
Article | March 01, 2009
When I Grow Up I Want to Be A Shepherd
"When I grow up I want to be a shepherd." I imagine that is what my grandfather said when he was a young boy growing up near Blanco Canyon in New Mexico.
Article | January 01, 2009
Contextualizing Worship: My Journey to Worship God as a Navajo Christian
When the first Christian missionaries came to the Navajo people they unfortunately brought more than the Gospel. They also brought the message that God could only be worshiped through the Western culture. This workshop contained a collection of stories and lessons learned in my journey to understand what it means to be Navajo and Christian.
Audio | January 01, 2009