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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Asbury Theological Seminary
Wilmore, Kentucky | 2020
Project Director: Jonathan A. Powers
To strengthen practices of congregational song by introducing a globally diverse diet of hymns and other congregational songs and by strengthening understanding of the contexts in which songs were created.
Au Sable Institute
Mancelona, Michigan | 2020
Project Director: Jon Terry
To foster integration between worship and science by connecting worship practices with the mission to serve, protect and restore God's earth.
Azusa Pacific University, Alexander Jun
Azusa, California | 2020
To study the experience of students of color in chapel programs at Christian colleges and universities, and to assess the influence of chapel worship practices on the stated goals of these institutions with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Beloved Community Church
Cincinnati, Ohio | 2020
Project Director: Rev. Nelson Pierce, Jr.
To facilitate intergenerational worship by gathering mothers to collaboratively create worship practices for use in both corporate worship and in the home.
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.
Christ Church Maplewood
Maplewood, Missouri | 2020
Project Director: Rebecca Turner
To reimagine worship as an act of justice by decolonizing the congregation's worship practices to ensure that each is engaged in a culturally appropriate way.
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2020
Project Director: Garrett Stier
To provide space and practices for congregants and visual artists to deepen their understanding and engagement of lament.
Columbia Theological Seminary, Rebecca Spurrier
Decatur, Georgia | 2020
To create a liturgical resource that responds to ableist images, narratives, and symbols that are common in Christian worship, drawing from insights in liturgical studies and disability studies.
Concordia University, Rhoda Schuler
St. Paul, Minnesota | 2020
To analyze the field research data on the adult catechumenate in the Lutheran church and to offer workshops that help pastors and congregations envision an adult catechumenal model that could transform their congregations.
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2020
Project Director: Maria Siebels
To facilitate the full participation of worshipers from all faith backgrounds by enhancing both the physical space for worship and the forms of music and visual arts in the liturgy.