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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Emory University Candler School of Theology, Khalia J. Williams
Atlanta, Georgia | 2022
To explore the theological significance of liturgical dance in Christian worship and to discover and analyze the multiple ways that dance shapes spirituality in worship communities and in individuals.
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.
Candler School of Theology, Antonio Alonso
Atlanta, Georgia | 2021
To tell the story of the theological significance of ordinary material objects and the theological convictions they express, in order to encourage deeper attentiveness to the diverse materials through which we worship God.
Proskuneo Ministries, 2021
Stone Mountain, Georgia | 2021
Project Director: Jaewoo Kim
To embrace diverse practices from around the world that give worshipers experiences of acting as host and as guest, in order to strengthen and broaden their understanding of biblical, cross-cultural, transcultural, and reciprocal hospitality.
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.
Light of Hope Presbyterian Church
Marietta, Georgia | 2020
Project Director: Rev. Edwin Gonzalez-Gertz
To explore contextual methods of proclamation in a dinner and spirituality service that facilitates deeper participation of the community in worship.
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.
St. Elizabeth Episcopal Church
Dahlonega, Georgia | 2020
Project Director: Lara Lowman
To initiate a contemplative worship service that uses participatory and sensually rich gestures, silence, and Celtic music in order to cultivate worshipers’ imagination of God.
University of West Georgia, Marjorie Snipes
Carrollton, Georgia | 2020
To examine a diverse range of Christian churches in the rural South and identify newly-emerging ecumenical practices, including shifts in ritual practice, educational activities, and cooperation in joint mission.
Emory University, Susan E. Hylen
Atlanta, Georgia | 2019
To study the history of women's participation in church life in the early church with pastors and church leaders, discerning how historical claims do (and should) function in contemporary discussions.