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Szabina Sztojka on Mission To and With Roma People in Hungary
As in many denominations with a single ethnic majority, the Reformed Church in Hungary (RCH) is working to be more welcoming to other cultures. As leader of the RCH Roma Ministry, Szabina Sztojka focuses on reconciliation, health, and hope to nurture Roma gifts and leadership in churches and schools.
Conversation | April 19, 2023
Two Pastors on Leading by Giftedness and Stewarding Diversity
Kizombo Kalumbula and Artie M. Lindsay Sr. helped found a church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, modeled on leading by giftedness. Gradually Tabernacle Community Church realized that their natural diversity was a gift from God meant to be stewarded during “such a time as this” in American culture.
Conversation | April 11, 2023
Time Perception and Contextual Worship
Mark Charles shares two perceptions of time and how they impact our cultural understanding of a worship service.
Audio | April 03, 2023
Kizombo Kalumbula and Artie M. Lindsay Sr. on Work and Worship
Valuing diversity in worship includes but goes beyond multiethnic considerations. It also means helping people of different ages, abilities, and vocations see themselves as living out their part to usher in God’s shalom. Two pastors offer practical insights for congregations interested in work and worship.
Conversation | March 27, 2023
Katie J. Graber on Singing with Cultural Appreciation, Not Appropriation
Some congregations worry that singing songs outside their own tradition might be inauthentic or offensive. Ethnomusicologist Katie J. Graber gives reasons for using worship songs from other cultures and eras—and how to do so with proper appreciation and attribution.
Conversation | February 28, 2023
Developing Leaders Every Pastor Wants in the Congregation
Calvin University’s Ministry Leadership Cohort offers pathways for students of all majors who want to live out their faith in all of life. This practical program helps them learn how to build community, love the church, and practice leadership no matter where they eventually work, worship, and serve.
Feature Story | November 28, 2022
Kenneth L. Wallace Jr. on Multiethnic Worship
Multiethnic worship includes but is much more than singing songs from diverse cultures. An ethnodoxologist who identifies as African American Choctaw Pawnee says you need to know your own culture’s stories and gifts to share with and receive from Christians in other cultures.
Conversation | October 25, 2022
Multicultural Worship Reflecting All of God's People
In this conversation, pastoral musician Eric Lige shares with Nate Glasper about his passion and calling to draw from the riches of our diverse communities--languages, cultural practices, and more--to honor and worship God together.
Video | December 02, 2021
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
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
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
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
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
Multilingual Singing for English-Speaking Congregations
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Seminar
Video | April 10, 2019
In Splendid, Varied Ways: Preparing Music for Intercultural Worship
2019 Calvin Symposium on Worship | Workshop
Audio | February 13, 2019
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