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LaTonya McIver Penny on Inclusion in Black Churches
The common thread in LaTonya McIver Penny’s pastoral and professional lives has been God’s calling to help faith communities, especially Black churches, become more inclusive. Learn why she sees inclusion as broader than welcoming people with cognitive or physical disabilities.
Conversation | January 31, 2023
Two Pastors on God at Work in Ordinary People and Places
Moses Chung and Christopher Meehan cowrote the book "Joining Jesus: Ordinary People at the Edges of the Church." They hope these stories will give people and congregations hope, encouragement, and imagination to see what God is already doing in their neighborhoods.
Conversation | January 23, 2023
Kevin Secundino on Knowing You’re Not Alone
Participating in Calvin University’s Ministry Leadership Cohort and doing a summer ministry internship at his church taught one pre-med student a lot about God’s promises. You can apply some of what he learned to your own congregation.
Conversation | December 05, 2022
Katie Ritsema-Roelofs on Intentional Work for Intergenerational Worship and Community
In this episode, worship planner and musician Katie Ritsema-Roelofs shares about the importance of thoughtful and intentional ways the whole congregation can join in the formational work of intergenerational, corporate worship.
Podcast | Audio | December 05, 2022
Demythologizing Freedom and the Beloved Community: A Practical Theology
This Recording from the African American Religious Autobiographies Seminar, held in July 2022, highlights the psychological and spiritual profiles of key religious anti-racist figures from the 19th and 20th Century, using practical theology and psychohistory.
Video | November 09, 2022
Navajo Burials and Christian Hope
The COVID-19 pandemic has complicated death-related issues in the Navajo Nation. Even so, affirming all that's good about "walking in beauty" gives Navajos on the Jesus Way a bridge to comfort people bound by fearful Navajo taboos about death.
Article | December 01, 2021
Angelique Havenga and Marnus Havenga on Lament, Community, and Ubuntu in the Dutch Reformed Church of Stellenbosch, South Africa
In this episode, pastor-theologians Angelique and Marnus Havenga share with Maria Cornou about what they are learning about pastoring and serving the community as a whole in the Dutch Reformed Church, located in city-center of Stellenbosch, one of the most unequal towns in the country of South Africa.
Podcast | Audio | April 05, 2021
Faith Communities and Safe Dwelling Places
Philosopher and author Lee Hardy noticed derelict buildings near his church for decades before realizing that faith-based communities have valuable resources to address the affordable housing crisis.
Feature Story | March 01, 2021
Lee Hardy on Housing, Justice, and Worship
Completing a grant project on faith communities and affordable housing convinced Lee Hardy that justice and worship are internally linked. That’s why he says worship services should include housing justice, and Christians and congregations should advocate to change unjust systems.
Conversation | March 01, 2021
Teacher-Scholar Panel: Community and Social Justice Themes
2019 Teacher-Scholar Vital Worship Grant recipients talk about their projects and the implications for those projects for gathered worship.
Conversation | July 08, 2020
Matthew Watson and Justin Fung on Neighborhood Spiritual Histories
Both church planters and established congregations can explore spiritual histories of their church neighborhoods. This helps them better communicate the gospel in the places where God calls them to serve.
Conversation | April 03, 2020
Georie Bryant and Reynolds Chapman on Prayer Walks
Sometimes Christians worry that praying in public will be embarrassing or offensive. Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, organized a prayer walk that connected with neighbors.
Conversation | November 26, 2019
When Local Churches Learn and Worship Together
Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that planning worship, learning, and reflecting together helped them be better witnesses in their East Durham neighborhood.
Feature Story | November 26, 2019
Mary L. Cohen on Prison Choirs That Churches Can Start
Churches can use this community/prison choir model to embody and invite people into restorative justice. It can help us develop our awareness of our common humanity and help people see God’s love within each of us.
Conversation | August 12, 2019
Worship and Christian Community Development
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Audio | April 12, 2019
Four Practices for Life-giving Community
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | April 02, 2019
Isaac Wardell on Rethinking Calling and Vocation
Not everyone feels called to their job or experiences it as way to use their gifts to accomplish great things for God. There is a more satisfying way to think about how God calls each of us.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
Isaac Wardell on Bringing Work into Worship
Daily work, paid and unpaid, consumes our lives, energy, and minds—even when we are in church. Here are ways to plan worship so people see themselves and their work as instruments of God.
Conversation | April 18, 2018
After the Benediction: Putting Faith to Work the Other Six Days
This presentation focused on the multiple avenues through which the supports and relationships available within congregation can meet real needs in the lives of people with disabilities and their families throughout the week.
Audio | April 11, 2018
Warren Kinghorn on Mental Illness and Our Deepest Identity
We hear a lot about using person-first language. Yet it is still common to label people with their mental health diagnosis. Christians and churches can offer another way to describe our common human identity.
Conversation | February 06, 2018