Monthly archive June, 2013
"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...
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 in music and the arts...