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.
Calvin University, James K.A. Smith
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2022
To prepare an essay that explores how contemporary visual and literary art fosters contemplative habits, an inviting 'preamble' to spiritual contemplation involved in both personal and communal liturgical practices.
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2022
Project Director: Garrett Stier
To engage the beauty of art in worship in order to awaken our understanding and imagination of what it means to care for God’s created world.
First Presbyterian Church of Holt
Holt, Michigan | 2022
Project Director: Cheryl Gamber
To invite worshipers into reflection on traditions of liturgical art that facilitates engagement with wonder and the beauty of God, culminating in the collaborative creation of paraments for the worship space.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
St. Louis, Montana | 2022
Project Director: Christina Schempf
To deepen, enrich, and connect the individual and corporate worship life of congregants by drawing on the devotional practices of the saints throughout history in aesthetically rich and cohesive worship experiences that have corresponding practices which engage the senses and foster embodied devotional practices at home.
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.
United Presbyterian Church of Walton
Walton, New York | 2022
Project Director: Paul Junggap Huh
To foster ecumenical connections among twelve churches by participating in the creation of pottery to form the faith of worshipers as the theological imagery of God as the potter whose hands continue to mold and reform is carried into the worship of each church and into ecumenical worship gatherings.
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.
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS), Rebecca Slough
Elkhart, Indiana | 2021
To explore how the spatial and visual dimensions of congregational worship shape diverse Anabaptist communities, in order to create resources that facilitate culturally-informed reflection on visual arts in worship and to curate visual art resources for use in Anabaptist worship.
Cardiphonia, a department of Artists in Christian Testimony Intl.
Brentwood, Tennessee | 2021
Project Director: Anna Gabhart
To curate art and liturgy into an experience of Stations of the Resurrection that will promote a deeper engagement with the season of Eastertide and the grace of Christ's resurrection.