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Church Responses to Infertility, Miscarriage, and Pregnancy Loss
After decades of silence, church leaders and congregations have begun accompanying people who mourn losing children before or soon after birth or letting go of dreams to form a family.
Feature Story | June 02, 2020
Worship Resources for Pregnancy Loss and Infertility
Many church members stay silent about miscarriages and other common reproductive losses. Yet it’s relatively easy for congregations to start accompanying those who mourn these losses, because Christian traditions already contain helpful books and worship resources. We just have to tap into them.
Article | June 02, 2020
A Prayer for the Grieving
A prayer during COVID-19 written by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
Reflection | May 18, 2020
Stacey Edwards-Dunn on African American Infertility and the Church’s Response
People experiencing infertility often suffer in silence. African Americans experience more infertility than other racial groups. But churches can offer healing when they open the door for conversations and include these sorrows in worship.
Conversation | April 24, 2020
3 Songs of Lament and Hope / 3 Cantos de lamento y esperanza
Carlos Colón demonstrates and talks about three songs of lament and hope, as part of the series "Songs from the hymnal / Cantos del himnario 'Santo, Santo, Santo / Holy, Holy, Holy.'"
Musical Composition | Video | April 06, 2020
From Hurt to Healing to Hope: Worship, Prayer, and Pastoral Responses to Infertility, Miscarriage, and Stillbirth
2020 Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Video | February 20, 2020
Through Pain to Freedom
John Witvliet on Prayer, Lament, and Refugia in Worship
Audio | November 13, 2019
Lamento y esperanza: la oración de Habacuc en tiempos traumáticos
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | May 15, 2019
The Savior of Justice for the Needy
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Service of the Word
Worship Service | Video | February 27, 2019
Mental Illness and Christian Worship
This topic showcase highlights resources for including people with mental illnesses in worship. Congregations that renew their worship to become more inclusive discover that everyone benefits.
Topic Showcase | October 30, 2018
Anne Emile Zaki on Preaching and Teaching in Today’s Egypt
After becoming a seminary professor in Egypt in 2013, Anne Zaki discovered two things about preaching that she hadn’t learned in the North American context.
Conversation | June 15, 2018
Becoming a Reconciling Community
In this workshop, we focused on what it looks like for a church to be committed to racial reconciliation for the long haul and offered five foundational practices for becoming a reconciling community.
Audio | May 15, 2018
The Work of the People in Racial Tension
2018 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Vesper
Video | March 09, 2018
Warren Kinghorn on Mental Health and Christian Worship
It is far more common to hear about physical ailments than mental ones in congregational prayers and worship. Psychiatrist Warren Kinghorn explains why mental health issues and people with mental illness should be acknowledged in Christian worship.
Conversation | February 06, 2018
Reflections from a Charlottesville Church . . .
Isaac Wardell, Director of Worship Arts at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, Virginia, shares reflections from his experience shepherding their Charlottesville congregation in Sunday worship through the trauma of hatred, bigotry, and violence that took place in their small town less than one day before they gathered for worship.
Reflection | August 28, 2017
Worship Songs about Care for Creation
Caring about God’s good creation includes lamenting whatever harms it and joining God’s mission to make all things new. Songs from around the world explore these ideas.
Article | June 15, 2017
Worship Resources for Creation Care
We confess that God created heaven and earth and everything in it. We sing that this is our Father’s world. Yet, billions of people suffer in places where so much is no longer bright and beautiful. This worship resource guide will help your community plan services that honor our Creator, who invites us to join in caring for the whole creation.
Resource Guide | June 14, 2017
Worship Resources for the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation
Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. This worship resource guide will help your community plan services of grace and truth as you commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation or plan worship for a Reformation Sunday.
Resource Guide | March 31, 2017
Prophetic Lament in Worship: Gabriel Salguero
Gabriel Salguero argues that the act of worship on Sunday must be tied to and result in the act of justice outside of Sunday.
Video | March 23, 2017
- 3 Songs of Consecration / 3 Cantos de consagración
- Calvin Seerveld on The Passion and Poetry of the Psalms
- 3 Songs about the Lord's Return / 3 Cantos sobre el retorno del Señor
- 3 Songs About the Name of Jesus / 3 Cantos sobre el nombre de Jesús
- Teacher-Scholar Panel: Community and Social Justice Themes
- Teacher-Scholar Panel: Historical and Contemporary Cultural Themes