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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
Mutuality in Worship: Sharing Our Stories and Gifts
This workshop focused on practical ways to involve people's stories, songs, and gifts in our corporate worship times—all with the goal of unity in diversity.
Audio | April 13, 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
Worship as One: Disability in Community video
Through implementing small changes, churches can become inclusive communities for people with a variety of abilities and disabilities.
Video | February 07, 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
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
Worship and Mental Health
What we say or fail to say about mental health concerns in worship settings can be profoundly formative for how Christian communities respond to these challenges.
Article | January 04, 2018
Congregations and Persons with Dementia: A Story and Ideas to Try
TOGETHER is a new Bible study curriculum designed to include, appeal to, and challenge adults of varying abilities. The new curriculum is building community in ways that enrich worship in congregations and congregation members with dementia.
Article | December 08, 2017
Barbara J. Newman on Adult Inclusive Small Group Bible Studies
TOGETHER is a new Bible study curriculum designed to include, appeal to, and challenge adults of varying abilities. It aims to build community in ways that may enrich congregational worship.
Conversation | September 29, 2017
Ten Ways to be More Inclusive and Welcoming in Worship and Church Life
Here are helpful suggestions for congregations who strive to include people across the full spectrum of abilities in their small group settings and beyond.
Article | August 03, 2017
Universal Design, Responsive Design: Keys for Welcoming Persons with Varied Abilities
Worshipers and congregation members certainly do not come in a “one size fits all” wrapping! As you gather for worship you will notice an array of gifts, but you may also see the areas of struggle each one brings to the community.
Audio | February 20, 2017
“Diseño universal” para el culto
"Diseño universal" o “accesibilidad universal” es el estándar para la arquitectura actual: no queremos modernizar edificios para hacerlos accesibles; queremos construirlos de esa manera desde el principio. ¿Qué sucedería si esta visión se extendiera a los cultos que planificamos y dirigimos, y a todos los ministerios de la iglesia?
Article | November 16, 2016
Challenge and Courage
Ken Medema shares a story through his improvised song.
Audio | September 30, 2016
Worship as One: Disability in Community
A video giving testimony to a gospel-based vision of corporate worship that includes all people
Video | September 29, 2016
Betsy Steele Halstead on Hospitable Projection in Worship
Maybe you are in charge of visuals at your church and you knock yourself out looking for cool images. But you would be better off thinking about how your chosen images assure worshipers that God welcomes them.
Conversation | April 15, 2016
April is Autism Awareness Month: Delighting in the Patterns of Worship
Many people with autism spectrum disorder find joy, security, and comfort in familiar patterns. We can also take great delight in the perfect match that exists within many of our corporate worship patterns. Take an individual who delights in patterns, structure, and “sameness,” and you have a recipe for a joyful worshiper.
Article | April 01, 2016