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Ellen Gadberry on Congregations as Communal Visual Choirs
Many worshipers do not see themselves as creative or gifted in the arts. Yet low-risk opportunities to encounter visual art in worship and participate in making liturgical art can strengthen worshipers’ identities as children of the Creator.
Conversation | November 03, 2021
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap on Earthkeeping, the Church, and Generational Differences
Many young Christians despair of finding communities that view environmental sustainability and justice as biblical mandates. Here is advice for helping churches catch a vision for biblical earthkeeping.
Conversation | October 08, 2021
Kyle Meyaard-Schaap on the Arts as a Climate Tipping Point
Music and the arts have fueled major movements for justice. Evangelical Christians have the potential to shift climate action. That's why Christian leaders and musicians are creating worship songs and candlelight climate vigils to address climate crisis and work toward environmental sustainability.
Conversation | October 08, 2021
W. David O. Taylor on Scholars and Songwriters
Scholars and songwriters don’t normally talk together. But wonderful music for Christian worship can result when they share insights.
Conversation | March 01, 2019
Victoria Emily Jones on Gazing as a Spiritual Practice
Though she is passionate about Christian art, especially visual art, Victoria Emily Jones knows that congregations are full of “non-art” people. Her blog aims to help people of faith interpret, enjoy and use art in worship and private devotions.
Conversation | December 14, 2016
Church Year Visual Art: A Q&A with Deborah Sokolove
Artist, writer and teacher Deborah Sokolove shares images of liturgical visual arts that don’t need words to help worshipers experience the Christian church’s calendar cycle.
Conversation | May 27, 2016
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and hills before you shall burst into song… Isaiah 55:12, NRSV
Article | April 15, 2016
Dale Sieverding on Cultural Differences in Recruiting Youth
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched a summer camp to train young Catholics to lead in local liturgical ministries. They discovered that finding gifted youth requires different approaches in different cultures.
Conversation | February 09, 2016
How Visual Arts Move Us from Brokenness to Beauty
Visual artists can help us start talking about major life issues that we don’t often acknowledge in worship.
Feature Story | December 12, 2014
Lisa De Boer on Learning to Appreciate Liturgical Art
Lisa De Boer teaches art and art history at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She’s been researching the role of visual arts in North American churches. In this edited conversation, she talks about learning to appreciate worship art that doesn’t match a personal ideal.
Conversation | September 10, 2012
Lisa De Boer on Creating a Sustainable Church Arts Ministry
Lisa De Boer talks about the more complex step of moving from displaying art in a church gallery to including visual arts in worship.
Conversation | Video | May 30, 2012
Visual Arts: Architecture and Liturgical Art
This showcase will explore resources to help you think in new ways about your worship environment, the architecture and the permanent or temporary visual installations that can not only enhance our praise and prayer but be praise and prayer.
Topic Showcase | February 29, 2012
Creating Scripts from the Bible
The Bible is a rich source of dramatic material for worship. From medieval tropes to contemporary sketches, this workshop surveyed the ways people have adapted scripture for performance and then formed groups to create original scripture plays.
Audio | January 01, 2009
Worship Words Too Important to Neglect
In Worship Words, Debra and Ron Rienstra show why and how to give more attention to your church's worship language.
Feature Story | September 30, 2008
This service was designed to be a full service of Word and sacrament. It was also designed to allow worshipers to share in the intimacy Jesus experienced with his disciples through foot washing and during the meal in the hours prior to his arrest and crucifixion.
Article | December 01, 2007