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Shively T. J. Smith on Howard Thurman and Congregational Hermeneutics
Congregations and lay Christians have methods of interpreting the Bible and faith life even if they can't articulate them. Using Howard Thurman’s image-rich meditations, scholar Shively T. J. Smith offers a visual way to reflect on applying the Bible to faith and ordinary life.
Conversation | January 19, 2022
Kai Ton Chau on Worship and Culture Worldwide
Kai Ton Chau teaches Calvin University students to articulate different cultural values so they can discuss and appreciate diverse forms of Christian worship. You can do something similar in your school, church, or worship context to build cultural intelligence among Christians.
Conversation | September 27, 2021
Judith Laoyan-Mosomos and Justin Chan on Multicultural Worshiping Communities in Singapore
Methodist School of Music aims to equip and edify worshipers and the church through music and the arts. Staff members Judith Laoyan-Mosomos and Justin Chan talk with Maria Cornou, an associate director at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, about their worshiping communities and practices and issues highlighted in COVID-19.
Audio | Podcast | March 22, 2021
Healthy Leadership in Anxious Times
2021 Online Calvin Symposium on Worship | On-Demand Panel Discussion Video
Video | October 29, 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
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
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
Video | Worship Service | February 21, 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
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
Reggie Smith on Churches Called to Become Multicultural
Considering the “Joseph question” and the “Jonah question” can help congregations overcome fear of talking about race, culture, and how God might be calling them to change
Conversation | March 08, 2018
Jaewoo Kim on Making Room for Multicultural Worship
To worship in line with the Lord’s Prayer—on earth as it is in heaven—requires making room in worship for stories, songs, and gifts from many cultures. Doing so depends in part on how churches form their views about refugees and immigrants.
Conversation | February 28, 2018
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
Bruce Theron on Decolonizing Worship in South Africa
Imagine singing “In the Bleak Midwinter” during the long hot days of Christmas in South Africa. The Bible is rich enough to include themes and symbols more relevant to living out Christian faith in the Global South.
Conversation | March 16, 2017
Singing Bilingually in Spanish and English: A Vision and Resources for Singing Together on the Journey of Faith
In North America, we have a splendid opportunity in the years and decades ahead to learn to sing bilingually, transcending a language divide in ways that help us all learn and grow together as we discover scripturally inspired songs from a variety of contexts and cultures.
Video | March 02, 2017