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Knowing why people worship helps pastors reach them

Why people seek out worship services, what kinds of services people seek, and what people experience in worship, based on the findings of the 2001 U.S. Congregational Life Survey, is... read more >

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The Changing Nature of Worship

A church in Illinois streams video of a sermon from the home church miles away and displays it on a large screen.  A church in California offers half a dozen “video cafes,” each featuring different types of worship music to correspond to the different tastes of its participants. These are just a few of the changes taking place as U.S. congregations grapple with new technologies and contemporary idioms in worship.

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Beyond the worship wars; creative ideas for renewing church services

In moving traditional churches to embrace new forms of worship, experts say start small and be sure to communicate.

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Meeting God in holy silence

St. Paul says Christians are to “pray without ceasing.”  One Quaker practitioner says holy silence — a way of listening to God — is one way to do that.

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Teaching Worship

This web page is devoted to a collection of resources that can be used by congregations, colleges, seminaries, and graduate schools to introduce and teach Christian worship. This continually expanding... read more >

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African American Sermon Illustrations

Resources offered by the African American Lectionary to clergy and church leaders include an extensive selection of sermon illustrations provided by prominent African American theologians and clergy, indexed by title.... read more >

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The African American Lectionary: Multimedia resources

This web page archives and provides easy access to multimedia resources provided by African American lectionary contributors. The site includes video, audio and photo resources. ... read more >

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Raising Children in the Faith

Why do young adults drop out of church life when they graduate from high school? In this interview, conducted by Quentin Schultze for Calvin College’s Inner Compass TV program, Mark... read more >

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International Peacemaker on Syrian Refugee Crisis at Union Seminary

Dr. Mary Mikhael, a native of Syria, will visit Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond October 3, 2018, to address the...

Discovering Hope in the Valley of Dry Bones

Struggling in the valley of dry bones?Listen and subscribe to Faith & Leadership's podcast, Can These Bones. The...

The Heart of a Servant and Faith Like a Child

Here are some sermon resources and art work for the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost - September 23, 2018 (Year B)...

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