Summer 2013 Theme: Hark the Glad Sound

Summer 2013 Theme: Hark the Glad Sound

Hark the Glad Sound: Inviting New and Returning Christians to Worship Reaching out with the Gospel to those who are not active members is a concern all Christian congregations share, even though they often use different words to describe it (evangelism, outreach, mission, church growth, hospitality). Throughout Christian history, creativity...
Martin Jean's welcome to the 2013 Summer Seminar participants

Martin Jean’s welcome to the 2013 Summer Seminar participants

Welcome to Yale and the Institute of Sacred Music! We have eagerly awaited your arrival and hope the coming week will be an inspiring and useful one to you and your ministries. We have spent some time preparing information and experiences that we think could be relevant for your work....
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Go Big or Go Home

Luke 9: 1-3 “Then Jesus called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. He said to them, ‘Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money, not even...

The Product is in the Process

It happened again! I fell victim to believing that success is found and measured in the product. As we come to the end of our second Spiritual Collective I found myself feeling pressure about quantitative tangible results which really belong to the business world not the faith community. The collective had come to the decision...

The Catalyst

We’ve talked about the Spiritual Arts Collective as a very organic process that has been hard to define, and hard to capture in words. In many ways it is similar to trying to describe a diving experience – words just can’t quite capture or express God’s Spirit at work in us and other in the...
Karen's experience at Yale

Karen’s experience at Yale

Karen Bridges of Robertson-Wesley reflects on her experience at this year’s Congregations Project.   The Spiritual Arts Collective The experience at the ISM Congregational Projects Seminar has left a deep imprint on our Spiritual Arts Collective project, on our ministry here at RWUC and on my life. I remember the first day we gathered and...
"Let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song" -Summer Seminar Day 6

“Let every heart prepare a throne, and every voice a song” -Summer Seminar Day 6

by Michelle Lewis, student reporter The day started with a different tone. It wasn’t the anxiousness and anxiety of the 1st day, but something else. Chapel was somber, in opposition to the tone of joy and expectation we experienced on day one. I surmise that this potentially is because it’s the last day and the...
Front Porch Testimonies

Front Porch Testimonies

by Amanda Weber, student reporter As this year’s Congregations Project progresses, themes of storytelling in the community keep rising to the fore. After a long day of listening, ending in food and music for the soul at Dixwell Congregational Church, I couldn’t help but think of front porch culture. Perhaps we could think of front...
Telling the Story

Telling the Story

by John Schwehn, student reporter Our identities are embedded in our stories. As each congregation has presented their diverse histories and stories, they have brought us into a deeper understanding of who they understand themselves to be. They are musicians, justice makers, generous hosts, dancers, and dramatists. They dwell in urban and suburban communities, on...
Hospitality, Testimony, Ritual Engagement: Summer Seminar Day 1

Hospitality, Testimony, Ritual Engagement: Summer Seminar Day 1

by Tuesday Rupp, student reporter Day one of the 2013 ISM Congregations Project began with excited conversation over coffee at New Haven’s First Presbyterian Church. The transformation was already beginning. Representatives from nine congregations across the United States and Canada began to share with each other, the world-class instructors, and ISM Student Reporters about projects...
Marking Time in Multiple Modes

Marking Time in Multiple Modes

*The following is a transcript of the Summer Seminar closing lecture, given by Rev. Tom Troeger, Edward and Ruth Cox Lantz Professor of Christian Communication, on Friday, June 25, 2012*    Marking Time in Multiple Modes   I was very taken with Teresa Berger’s observation that we live with different calendars.  Perhaps you can still picture...
Planning, Presiding -- and the movement of the Holy Spirit

Planning, Presiding — and the movement of the Holy Spirit

Here is a prayer I pray every time I have to lead worship (which is not that often). The prayer illustrates what I was trying to get at earlier today, in the first afternoon session, namely that even superb planning can never be a guarantee that the Spirit will not need to cause a mess...
A Word of Thanks

A Word of Thanks

Thank you. Those are the first two words that immediately rise up in me when I reflect on this week. Thank you to everyone, but especially to the eight churches who have reaffirmed my hope in the institutional church as a place where faith, imagination, keen thought, deep feeling, a passion for the gospel and...