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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
Emmanuel Olusola Fasipe on Oral Culture and Christian Worship
Christians who see themselves as "people of the book" read about the Word made flesh. They may treasure "I Love to Tell the Story" in their hymnals yet feel skeptical of Christians who prefer to express and pass on faith through oral culture. A Nigerian worship scholar explains the benefits of oral practices in church worship.
Conversation | July 26, 2021
Karen Roberts on Moving from Inclusion to Belonging
First Presbyterian Church in Aurora, Illinois, is on a journey from being a congregation that includes people with disabilities to becoming a place where people of all abilities belong. A sermon series on the ten dimensions of belonging helped them take another step.
Conversation | June 21, 2021
Sermon Series and Study Guide on Belonging for All Abilities
Your church can use new resources, such as a sermon series and study guide, to help your congregation move from including people with disabilities to becoming a place of belonging for all abilities. Then you can pass on what you've learned to other congregations.
Article | June 21, 2021
Victoria White on Inclusion in Circles of Congregations
All Belong will keep helping congregations become welcoming communities for people of all abilities, especially through its innovative Circle of Congregations for Teaching and Learning program.
Conversation | January 19, 2021
Elizabeth Bajema: All Belong in God’s Family
Churches sometimes see themselves as inclusive simply because they have attendees from group homes. But true inclusion means getting to know people as individuals with gifts to offer in God’s family.
Conversation | July 06, 2020
Universal Design and Responsive Design
Barbara J. Newman, Director of Church Services at All Belong and one of CICW's program affiliates, shares a definition of Universal and Responsive Designs.
Video | May 22, 2020
Trauma-Informed Care in Church Worship and Life
This topic showcase highlights resources to help churches use trauma-informed practices in church worship and congregational life. Faith communities are more effective when they become more aware of adverse childhood experiences, collective trauma, and other tragedy.
Topic Showcase | March 24, 2020
Becoming a Trauma-Informed Faith Community
Resources to help churches and other faith communities do ministry with people affected by adverse childhood experiences or other trauma.
Topic Showcase | March 19, 2020
From Longing to Belonging: Connecting through the Language of Worship with Persons Experiencing Dementia
2020 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | March 19, 2020
LaTonya McIver Penny on Worship with Differently Abled People
Churches decide to include people with disabilities when they realize God sees us all as equals and all as differently abled. LaTonya McIver Penny advocates for inclusive worship, especially in African American congregations.
Conversation | February 25, 2020
Universal and Responsive Design for Missional Worship: A Vision of Inclusion
2019 Cultivating Vital Worship | Session
Audio | July 17, 2019
Angie Hong on Imagining Worship as an Egalitarian Zone
Christian worship services can support or contradict the biblical vision of the church as one body with many parts. Here’s how corporate worship can help worshipers practice equity across lines of gender, race, ability, socioeconomics, and sexuality.
Conversation | May 24, 2019
Angie Hong on Biblical Reconciliation through the Worship Arts
God calls all Christians and congregations to the ministry of reconciliation. Sometimes this happens best through the worship arts.
Conversation | May 24, 2019
Worship and Christian Community Development
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Audio | April 12, 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
Mental Illnesses and the Church’s Calling
This topic showcase highlights resources to help churches reclaim their role in including and befriending people who live with mental illnesses.
Topic Showcase | October 29, 2018
From Barriers to Belonging: The Church and People with Disabilities
Led by Erik W. Carter, this session focuses on ten dimensions of belonging and their salience to the inclusion of people with intellectual disability, autism, and other developmental disabilities in the full life of the church.
Audio | May 10, 2018