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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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.
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.
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.
Fuller Youth Institute, Tyler Greenway
Wayland, Michigan | 2020
To investigate the perceptions of public worship practices among young people who do not regularly attend worship services, in order to provide insight to Christian worshiping communities as they seek to better understand the life narratives of this population.
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.
Hope College, Benjamin Meagher
Holland, Michigan | 2020
To study how the physical design and layout of a worship space influences the experience and reflects the religious identity of the congregation that worships there.
Hope College, Lynn Japinga
Holland, Michigan | 2020
To explore the history of policies and practices regarding divorce in the Reformed Church in America, and to study how these policies have shaped worship practices such as Scripture reading, public prayer, and preaching, and affected divorced people.
McCormick Theological Seminary, Lis Valle-Ruiz
Chicago, Illinois | 2020
To study digitally mediated worship and preaching practices as it relates to the embodied experience, presence, and active participation from the perspectives of the worshipers.
Mercer University, Nathan Myrick
Macon, Georgia | 2020
To identify, through ethnographic research, the myriad ways that musical worship participates in human flourishing, and to share these insights with Christian leaders in order to promote healthy and vibrant communities of Christian fellowship and worship.