Since 2000, Vital Worship, Vital Preaching 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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Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Carolyn B. Helsel
Austin, Texas | 2023
To encourage appreciation among Christian worshipers for our Jewish neighbors and reduce anti-Semitism by creating videos and written resources aimed at equipping preachers to approach biblical references to Jewish people through a framework of gratitude for our shared religious heritage.
Eden Theological Seminary, Christopher Grundy
Webster Groves, Missouri | 2022
To foster imagination about worship spaces that can help to draw people into a deeper relationship with their natural environment, experience that environment as sacred and sacramental, form them spiritually as agents of ecological justice and recovery, and help them to process and respond faithfully to increasing ecological disasters.
Emory University Candler School of Theology, Susan Bigelow Reynolds
Atlanta, Georgia | 2022
To study public, lay-led Way of the Cross (Via Crucis) rituals that engage contemporary social injustices in light of the cross, exploring how communities on the margins of church and society use public ritual to practice theological agency.
Villanova University, Wonchul Shin
Villanova, Pennsylvania | 2022
To provide Asian and Asian-American worshiping communities with rich Pan-Asian theological resources for their public worship practice as a form of public witness that will proclaim the dignity of the Asian and Asian-American community and transform the culture of anti-Asian violence and racism.
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Demetrius K. Williams
Milwaukee, Wisconsin | 2021
To explore the cross of Christ in African American Christian experience as motivation for piety, political engagement, and social protest by researching spirituals, narratives, sermons, and other resources that highlight the importance of the cross of Christ for notions of freedom and the unity of humanity in the church's public witness.
Boston University School of Theology, Shively Smith
Boston, Massachusetts | 2020
To identify the metaphors and images that shape the interpretation of Scripture within worshiping communities, and to assess the impact of these interpretive images on a community’s relationship to various “others” and socio-political realities.
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Andrew Wymer and Kristen Daley Mosier
Evanston, Illinois | 2020
To engage the baptismal practices of diverse Christian communities in regions impacted by toxic water, and to construct a theoretical and practical vision of baptismal solidarity for the broader Church.
Calvin University, Lee Hardy
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2019
To study the connection between congregations' worship and mission activities, focusing on church-supported affordable housing in gentrifying urban neighborhoods.
Dominican House of Studies/Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception, Andrew Hofer, O.P.
Washington, District of Columbia | 2019
To study seven early Christian preachers who model various aspects of "incarnational" preaching and produce a resource encouraging preachers to integrate public speech with all of life.
Pennsylvania State University, AnneMarie Mingo
State College, Pennsylvania | 2019
To involve women of color in the development of models and resources for connecting worship and public social witness.