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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Anabaptist Worship Network
Elkhart, Indiana | 2022
Project Director: Anneli Loepp Thiessen
To gather songwriters, poets, and artists to produce songs, prayers, art pieces, and videos that will resource and inspire under-resourced Anabaptist communities across North America.
Hope College, David Keep
Holland, Michigan | 2022
To deepen worshipers' theology and spiritual life by creating an online Advent calendar that features visual art and music, and by holding art interpretation events and panel discussions in which participants engage theological truths—particularly the incarnation—through the arts.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana | 2022
Project Director: Jim Vermilya
To engage the history, stories, and traditions of Gospel music to better equip the Gospel Choir for leadership and to expand the chapel experience for all students.
Raleigh Mennonite Church
Raleigh, North Carolina | 2022
Project Director: Karin Shank
To investigate how the legacy of white supremacy affects worship practices, to learn to better appreciate and include worship materials from other cultures without appropriating, and to learn how anti-racist practices are implemented by other churches leading the way in these efforts.
The Bridge Church at Bear Creek
Lakewood, Colorado | 2022
Project Director: Tyler Traylor
To mentor and develop young people in worship leadership by conducting art lessons, providing creative spaces, and fostering collaborative music teams that will facilitate the full participation of young people in leadership in the community.
Union Presbyterian Seminary
Richmond, Virginia | 2022
Project Director: Doug Brown
To promote a deep understanding of how pipe organs can be used to lead, accompany, and inspire the community to sing by hosting four worship festivals that explore musical and liturgical territory not typically associated with the organ.
University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, J.J. Wright
South Bend, Indiana | 2022
To teach Christian communities how to see grace and mercy in loss and suffering by enabling young people to contemplate difficult questions as they rehearse and perform the newly composed Passion for the Innocents.
Allen Chapel AME Church, 2021
Kalamazoo, Michigan | 2021
Project Director: Sarah Horton
To enrich worship by engaging the arts in order to promote healing and understanding in the midst of social injustices.
Church Music Ministry of Canada, 2021
Coquitlam, British Columbia | 2021
Project Director: Herbert H. Tsang
To engage in hymn singing in worship that facilitates the participation of worshipers of multiple abilities, generations, and languages.
Eden Theological Seminary
St. Louis, Missouri | 2021
Project Director: Paul Vasile
In response to the challenges of the pandemic, to use the Psalms to explore lament, grief, and resilience by engaging in liturgical arts that tell worshipers' stories, name challenges and losses, and cultivate healing and hope.