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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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.
Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Sr. Jeana Visel
St. Meinrad, Indiana | 2021
To support deeper study and experience of Byzantine iconography and theology by creating a moveable iconostasis that will aid the community's growth in knowledge and appreciation of the theology and spiritual practices of iconography and broaden its experience of Eastern expressions of worship.