Just Worship: The Symbolism Behind Worship for All

Just Worship: The Symbolism Behind Worship for All

This post describes the backstory behind the Just Worship imagery by it’s logo creator, Lauren Wright Pittman.

 

 

 

For me, the heart of Just Worship, a conference catered towards a faithful and vibrant future of worship, is a…

What’s Next for Worship? Worship that Equips Us for Justice

Fans of the West Wing may recall that (fictional) President Jed Bartlett could always be counted on to ask this question: “What’s next?” 

Whether at the end of a meeting, after a goal was met, or to break a stalemate,…

Multi-seminary Sponsored Conference Explores Crossroads of Worship and Theological Justice

July 24, 2018—Paying close attention to how worship shapes us for justice, the new conference Just Worship: Toward a Faithful and Vibrant Future will examine the way churches approach worship planning, leadership, and participation so that they may fully be…

Lisa Weaver Named Assistant Professor of Worship

April 10, 2018—The Board of Trustees for Columbia Theological Seminary voted unanimously today to appoint Ms. Lisa M. Weaver as Assistant Professor of Worship. Ms. Weaver, a Ph.D. candidate in Liturgical Studies/Sacramental Theology at The Catholic University of America, will…

An Aesthetic Distinctly Religious

December 11, 2017—I’m often intrigued by what church leaders, anxious about numbers and attendance, assume about non-church-goers. A lot interesting ideas get foisted on “prospects” in an effort to entice them into the church front doors—especially the elusive 20-somethings and…

Moving Prayer

July 20, 2017—Praying through bodily movement is an ancient form of communication with God and is practiced by people of every faith expression in the world. Indeed, prayer offered through bodily movement or embodied prayer nurtures deep listening and locates…

The Useful and the Beautiful

July 17, 2017—One of the courses I most enjoy teaching is on educational philosophy. It’s a course that is always interesting and one I think, when it connects with students, yields enduring understanding. Recently a former student wrote me to…

Beth Waltemath

Keeping Sabbath With My Confirmation Class

We are learning about the Ten Commandments in our Confirmation class this fall, and most recently the Third Commandment: “Remember the Sabbath and Keep It Holy” and Martin Luther’s explanation of it in the Small Catechism, “We are to fear and…

Saturday Night Service and Sunday Sabbath

May 19, 2016—A few years ago, our congregation changed our monthly worship “rhythm.” Once a month, we worship Saturday at 5 pm and then take the next Sunday as an intentional day of Sabbath rest.

On the Sunday when we…

Charge to the Graduates of 2016

Charge to the Graduates, May 14, 2016 By Leanne Van Dyk, President

It is the long tradition of Columbia Theological Seminary for the president to send out the class of graduates with a series of charges from the words of…

Same Old Tune, Same New Song

December 17, 2015—The word “liturgy” means “the work of the people.” One of the most important works that we do in our worship is join together in song to give glory to God. However, many congregations struggle with finding their…

Breaking Boundaries

The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,     the spirit of wisdom and understanding,     the spirit of counsel and might,     the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2 (NRSV)

November 18, 2015—Through August and September, I was able…

When a Hurting World Comes to a Table of Broken Pieces

October 15, 2015—As I prepared for worship this past World Communion Sunday, I did so with a torn feeling about our hurting world. How does one prepare to celebrate a day of unity and ecumenical cooperation across diverse denominations and…

About That Time My Child Very Nearly Lit the Church on Fire

October 8, 2015—“Mommy, can I get some candy?”

“Yes,” I replied, undaunted in my attempt to preach the Word. My almost four year-old daughter had recently discovered two things: 1) There is a bowl of hard candy in the church…

For the Bookshelf: The Apathetic and Bored Church Member

September 7, 2015—Just about every year one of our doctoral students approaches me wanting to do a study on why church members leave their congregation. About half the time the motivation behind the study is soon apparent: anxiety from church…

For the bookshelf seeds for the future by Adam Tyler
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