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Mark Mulder on Debunking “the Culture of Poverty”
It is important for financially stable churches and Christians to build relationships with those in poverty. But the reason may be different than what you might assume.
Conversation | December 14, 2017
Indonesian Musicians on Inculturating Indonesian Christian Worship
Christians who bring the gospel to other cultures often struggle to discern the difference between the essence of Christianity and its cultural packaging. That is true in Indonesia as well.
Conversation | May 11, 2017
Indonesians on Diversity among Indonesian Christians
Indonesia comprises thousands of islands on both sides of the equator. Its Christians and seminarians come from many islands, languages, and cultures. They have a lot to learn from each other.
Conversation | May 11, 2017
Open to Embracing the Difference: Emmett G. Price III
Emmett G. Price III reflects on the how worship brings together people with unique differences.
Video | March 23, 2017
Beauty, Silence, and Culture Care: An Interview with Makoto Fujimura
Theologian Neal Plantinga engages with artist and author Mako Fujimura on his vision for complementing recent work on creation care with what he has termed “culture care”—a redemptive approach to artistry and other forms of cultural engagement which seeks to contribute to “the healing of the nations.”
Video | March 14, 2017
Trauma, Culture Care, and Public Worship
What does faithful ministry look like after trauma? What if that trauma is public trauma, like ministry after 9-11 in New York or after recent trauma in Ferguson or Orlando?
Video | February 24, 2017
Cultural Intelligence for the Pastoral Leader
Cultural Intelligence is an essential skill for all those in the worshiping community, especially those in leadership positions.
Audio | February 14, 2017
Josiah Chung: Passing on Faith to New Generations
Many immigrant churches struggle to retain the next generation, especially because of language barriers and cultural differences. Pastor Josiah Chung is finding solutions that apply across cultures to many kinds of churches.
Conversation | January 24, 2017
Would Jesus Listen To My Story?
In November 2016, the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship sent Calvin College student Adrienne Hall to Would Jesus Eat Frybread, a conference for Native American students put on by Intervarsity, Cru, and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.
Meditation/Reflection | November 28, 2016
Silence, Beauty, and the Shape of Christian Discipleship
A video conversation and discussion guide to help shape Christian responses to questions of love and suffering, silence and beauty, as explored in the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Silence’ based on Shusaku Endo's novel.
Article | Video | November 28, 2016
Understanding Your Congregation's Unique Worship Culture
Each local congregation has its own unique history, geographical and social location, demographic makeup, and mission.
Audio | March 02, 2016
Music in Culture, Music in Worship: Different Roles and Goals
Someone on social media recently sent out a photo of two young boys lost in worship. This photo reminded me of John Calvin’s famous words, “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.”
Article | December 18, 2014
Joel Carpenter on Artists as Prophets and Seers of Hope
Twenty artists from North America and South Africa created “Between the Shadow and the Light: Artists’ Prophetic Responses to South Africa Today.”
Conversation | November 19, 2014
Worship and Justice
Eric Mathis and Claudio Carvalhaes, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgy at Lutheran Theological Seminary, discuss the relationship between worship and justice.
Video | July 29, 2014
Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture Full Text
The full text of the Nairobi Statement on Worship and Culture.
Article | June 16, 2014
Guide for Worship Service Visit
This guide is structured to help you become more aware of the multiple levels of meaning in a worship service and to stimulate reflection on the relationship between theology, culture, and worship practices.
Article | December 06, 2012
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
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
How Churches Meet Their Neighbors
Here is the uncomfortable truth about becoming a congregation that loves your neighbors as you love yourselves: You have to go out and meet them.
Feature Story | September 12, 2012