With their plans upended on Holy Monday, a pastor and staff at a Michigan church leapt into Holy Week and Easter, revising as they went. He shares three insights he hopes will help others returning to in-person worship.
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The whole church benefits when those with special needs are welcome in worship, writes an academic who focuses on disability theology.
The professor of philosophy describes his own journey with Augustine and the importance of leaders paying attention to the formation of desire.
The ethnomusicologist identifies how the stereotype of a flamboyant choir director changes someone’s gift into something to fear.
Making worship productive misses the point and submits to the logic of capitalism, says the pastor and author.
The author leads a worship workshop at the Duke Youth Academy. Photo courtesy of Duke Youth Academy / Casey Brewer
Worship leaders of color are often brought in to encourage diversity in congregations, but real diversity requires shifts in the entire culture of a church, says the worship leader and writer.
The world is made up of people with differing opinions, the pastor of The Church Without Walls said. Yet it’s possible to be friends in the presence of love.
This service invites reflection on Isaiah 43:1-7 and border crossings, leading participants to wonder: What can Christians do in the face of restrictive and unjust boundaries? In what ways does Christian hope reside on the borders?
The Rev. Nathan Kirkpatrick preaches at Broad Street United Methodist Church in Statesville, North Carolina.
The answer depends on congregational and community context and begins with another question: What does the gospel have to say to a broken and brokenhearted world in this moment?