Since 2000, Vital Worship grants have been awarded to worshiping communities and teacher-scholars in 45+ states and provinces and in 40+ denominations across the spectrum of Christian traditions, including Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal, and Non-Denominational communities. While worship practices across these traditions vary widely, grant projects typically explore one or more of the ten core convictions related to worship that emerged out of the first decade of this grantmaking.
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Bethel Community Presbyterian Church
San Leandro, California | 2022
Project Director: Jazzy Johnson
To strengthen the hermeneutical skills, Biblical literacy, and spiritual agency of worshipers through the development of Bibliodrama in a local congregation that will help traumatized people to find themselves within the story of God.
Emory University Candler School of Theology, Khalia J. Williams
Atlanta, Georgia | 2022
To explore the theological significance of liturgical dance in Christian worship and to discover and analyze the multiple ways that dance shapes spirituality in worship communities and in individuals.
Strong Tower Parish DBA Christ Family Kingdom Christian Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2022
Project Director: Alexander Akande
To promote active involvement and engagement in worship of people with dementia and people with varied abilities through use of drama in worship.
The Historic Penn Center
St. Helena Island, South Carolina | 2021
Project Director: Charlene M. Spearen, Ph.D.
To explore the parables of Jesus in the Gullah translation of the Bible using four art forms, in order to enhance the discipleship, prayer and worship of four congregations.
Ekklesia (United Ministries in Higher Education)
Springfield, Missouri | 2020
Project Director: Rev. Michelle Scott-Huffman
To deepen worshipers' awareness of the beauty and character of God by engaging various art forms in an intergenerational and ecumenical context on campus and in partner churches.
First Community AME Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2020
Project Director: Rev. Dr. Lisa B. Taylor
To reflect theologically on communal worship that incorporates prayer, praise, and servant leadership, in order to facilitate deeper participation and engagement with God in worship.
Fisher Street Church of God in Christ International
Jonesboro, Arkansas | 2019
To deepen young people’s engagement with Scripture, with one another, and with their community by training them to lead worship through dance, music, and mime, using the Psalms as a model.
Humble Walk Lutheran Church
St Paul, Minnesota | 2019
To promote the role of visual and performing arts in the liturgy as a means of meeting God in worship, by providing opportunities for artists to lead the congregation.
Lexington Christian Academy
Lexington, Massachusetts | 2019
To break down barriers of age, ethnicity, and worship tradition by engaging and theologically reflecting on the arts, theater, and music in worship.
Park Avenue Christian Church
New York, New York | 2019
To enable deeper participation in scripture through drama, dance, and music as modes of proclamation.