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The Economies of Pentecost: Postcolonial Reflections on Pastoral Care, Healing, and Christian Worship
An annotated research guide from the field of practical theology, focusing on pastoral care and the African American experience
Resource Guide | February 24, 2017
Music from African-American Traditions for Use in Any Congregation
One of the remarkable stories about music that has emerged out of African-American communities is its reception in communities of diverse cultural backgrounds all over the world.
Audio | February 15, 2017
Richard Henry Boyd and the National Baptist Hymn Book
Richard Henry Boyd was determined to give Jim Crow-era African-Americans their own voice in worship. Calvin College history professor Eric Washington tells the story of how the hymnal he published helped do that.
Article | August 24, 2016
“Through It All:” Our Story, Our Song
This service features the inspiring prayers, songs, and readings from the African American worship tradition, past and present.
Video | March 22, 2016
Charsie Randolph Sawyer on Healthy Gospel Singing
Having a good voice isn’t enough to sing gospel music well and lead people into worship. This ministry requires health in body, mind and spirit.
Conversation | September 03, 2015
Worship that Blesses the Whole Community with the Whole Gospel
Most Christians know that Jesus calls us to love God with all we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Canaan Community Church changed its worship to truly follow the Great Commandment.
Feature Story | August 06, 2015
Jonathan Brooks on Ministering with the Community
The pastor of a church where love makes the difference explains why they no longer do outreach ministry.
Conversation | August 04, 2015
Eric Washington on God’s Sovereignty and Slavery
Sometimes it’s awkward for Christians of different cultures to talk together about God’s presence in slavery. Eric Washington provides a way forward.
Conversation | April 24, 2015
Eric Washington on African American Missionaries
Before William Carey founded a mission society, or Adoniram and Ann Judson sailed to Burma, a former African American slave had already become a missionary to Jamaica.
Conversation | April 24, 2015
African American Worship Treasures
Six church musicians and scholars explain why treasures and challenges in African American worship traditions apply to churches in any cultural context.
Feature Story | April 21, 2015
Learning How to Pray from the Whole Body of Christ
In this workshop, Mark Gornik will discuss how he came to a deeper understanding of God and the Christian life through worshipping with African churches in New York City.
Audio | February 22, 2013
Go Down, Moses: Spirituals as a Resource for Preaching
The history of African American spirituals is interwoven with the history of preaching, yet these spirituals and their relationship to preaching usually receive little attention.
Video | February 19, 2013
David Bailey on Multicultural Power Dynamics
Musician David M. Bailey is the music director at East End Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia. In this edited conversation, he talks about becoming aware of power dynamics in multicultural congregations and neighborhoods. He lives in Church Hill, a neighborhood hard hit by economic decline.
Conversation | October 11, 2012
Gospel Choir as Spiritual Formation
“Starting a gospel choir has been huge for spiritual formation,” says David Bailey, music director at East End Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia. And it all started from a hug.
Article | October 11, 2012
The Reconciling, Sanctifying, Energizing Power of Worship's Urban Beat
East End Fellowship in Richmond, Virginia, started an urban songwriting internship and a gospel choir to reflect its congregational values of incarnation and reconciliation.
Feature Story | October 11, 2012
The African American Lectionary
The African American Lectionary is a resource tool that highlights the African American ecclesial traditions and recognizes days on the liturgical calendar that are celebrated across a variety of ecclesial traditions.
Website | October 26, 2011
Preaching As Celebration
This workshop explored celebration as the distinct perspective and genius the African American Church has brought to the preaching task.
Audio | January 01, 2009
Great Preaching: What blacks and whites can learn from each other
Cleophus LaRue believes that black preachers and white preachers could make sermons more powerful by applying the best insights of the other's traditions.
Feature Story | June 25, 2004
Christ Has Died, Christ Has Risen, Christ Will Come Again
An Easter service: Proclaiming the Gospel through the Heritage of African American Prayer and Song.
Worship Service | June 01, 2004