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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St. Pius X Catholic Church
Granger, Indiana | 2023
To promote a community that moves from inclusion to belonging for congregants with intellectual disabilities and their families by reducing barriers to full participation and forming the congregation to actively welcome everyone made in God’s image.
St. John’s Lutheran Church of Sweet Air
Phoenix, Maryland | 2023
To learn about worship symbolism and accessibility concerns that hinder welcoming all worshipers through engaging in learning groups that explore relevant resources and analyze other worship spaces.
Center of Theological Inquiry, Erin Raffety
Princeton, New Jersey | 2022
To conduct interviews with persons living with chronic illness and Long COVID, and to analyze the convergence of cultural, theological, and disability-related perspectives among such persons in order to increase their full, conscious, active participation in worship.
Creston Christian Reformed Church
Grand Rapids, Michigan | 2022
To empower the congregation and local community in the practice of biblical hospitality in order to reshape the worship experience to be more hospitable by engaging in outdoor worship and community meals.
Hope College, Kate Finley
Holland, Michigan | 2022
To explore how public church practices, including sermons, corporate prayer, and other worship practices reflect various understandings and interpretations of mental disorders and to construct a practically applicable online resource that will enable congregations to be more inclusive of those who experience mental disorder and enriched by the unique perspectives they embody.
Iglesia de Dios Casa Ebenezer
Kissimmee, Florida | 2022
To deepen the congregation’s knowledge of worship as a lifestyle and the practice of a Biblical worship that includes people from different generations and with different abilities.
Saint Peter A.M.E. Zion Church
Tuscaloosa, Alabama | 2022
To promote genuine grace-filled hospitality in worship through a more racially, culturally, and intergenerationally sensitive worship experience that is sustained and perpetuated through a message of love, adaptability, and social engagement during the worship experience.
Strong Tower Parish DBA Christ Family Kingdom Christian Center
Minneapolis, Minnesota | 2022
To promote active involvement and engagement in worship of people with dementia and people with varied abilities through use of drama in worship.
The Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, Brandon Crowley
Austin, Texas | 2022
To support and engage the public worship of African American congregations by creating a workbook that teaches pastors and local church leaders how to be more inclusive of Black women and LGBTQIA+ folx in their worship designs.
Fort Washington Collegiate Church
New York, New York | 2021
To emulate Jesus’ love and concern by renewing worship in light of the gifts, needs and justice concerns of the transgender community and queer communities of color.