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Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Offering Hope at Grace and Peace Christian Reformed Church, Chicago, Illinois
Chantel Varnado, worship arts director at Grace and Peace CRC, shares her insights for leading worship in the time of COVID-19, drawing wisdom and her own experience from her multicultural worshiping context.
Conversation | May 18, 2020
Shaping Worship During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Multicultural Community at Proskuneo Ministries, Clarkston, Georgia
In this edited conversation, Jaewoo "Jay" Kim says that Proskuneo Ministries "deeply holds to theological convictions and practices of embodied worship." Stay-at-home pandemic orders have upended their typical worship gatherings, but virtual worship doesn't fit who they are as a multicultural worshiping community.
Conversation | April 01, 2020
When Local Churches Learn and Worship Together
Four congregations in Durham, North Carolina, discovered that planning worship, learning, and reflecting together helped them be better witnesses in their East Durham neighborhood.
Feature Story | November 26, 2019
Trauma-Informed Congregations and Worship: Being Made Whole
Becoming a trauma-informed congregation means helping people learn, talk, and grieve about what happened to them. Worship can provide a safe space for people to nurture trusting relationships and accept God's healing grace.
Feature Story | October 02, 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
Jean Ngoya Kidula on Ethnomusicology and Ethnodoxology
Scholar Jean Ngoya Kidula explains how ethnomusicology and ethnodoxology can widen churches’ musical palates. Accepting this opportunity will expand how congregations understand and praise God.
Conversation | May 14, 2019
Jean Ngoya Kidula on African Church Musics
Ethnomusicologist Jean Ngoya Kidula invites churches around the world to learn more about what she calls African church “musics” so they can glimpse how vast God is.
Conversation | May 14, 2019
Multilingual Singing for English-Speaking Congregations
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Video | April 10, 2019
The Heart of the Divine Parent
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Service of the Word
Worship Service | Video | February 21, 2019
In Splendid, Varied Ways: Preparing Music for Intercultural Worship
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | February 13, 2019
The Role of a Peer Learning Group in My Preaching Journey
God’s message of inclusiveness reaches past the walls that divide us, says Deborah Jungmi Kang, a Korean pastor serving a largely Anglo-American church in Illinois. As Kang develops her preaching voice, a peer learning group provides support.
Reflection | October 02, 2018
Emmett G. Price III on Racial Reconciliation Resources for Congregations
Learning about diversity among Christians is a good way to embrace the ministry of reconciliation entrusted to us by God.
Conversation | September 25, 2018
Engaging Sermons: Bringing the Bible to Life
How a preaching peer group helped an imaginative preacher reach new heights in her quest to create engaging sermons.
Reflection | August 06, 2018
Seeing from Other Viewpoints
Engaging deeply with peers and perspectives from outside your tradition is the best way to grow in your understanding of others and enrich your own view.
Reflection | July 30, 2018
The Challenge of Preaching in Bilingual Communities
Preaching to peers in a homiletics cohort opened Antonio Almonte’s eyes to the differences in how listeners perceive his preaching in English versus Spanish. As a result, he adjusted his English-language preaching style.
Reflection | July 11, 2018
Seven Challenges in Multicultural, Multi-congregational Worship
Worshiping regularly with a congregation culturally dissimilar from yours is challenging but worth it. Understanding these challenges can also help you change worship to better include different cultural groups within your church.
Article | July 06, 2018
Multicultural Congregations Meet for Combined Worship Services
Three church groups started out as separate congregations sharing one building. Now regularly-scheduled joint worship helps them see themselves as members of one body in Christ.
Feature Story | July 06, 2018
Christina Edmondson on Church Multicultural Accessibility Committees
John 17 records Jesus’ prayer for unity “so that the world may know that you have sent me and loved them.” It is a powerful witness when churches model unity within diversity. This witness requires intention and prayer.
Conversation | July 02, 2018
Christina Edmondson on Doctrine and Multicultural Hospitality
To become more multicultural, congregations must help members discern differences between biblical doctrines and cultural biases.
Conversation | June 29, 2018