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"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...
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...
Keeping Time with Jesus

Keeping Time with Jesus

I must admit, I didn’t know quite what to expect yesterday morning, but I knew I already felt like a survivor.  I had made my way through a torrential downpour and dazzling lightning display to the Congregations Project opening session–tested by water and fire, just like the Israelites, I thought to myself.  What else lay...
Summer Seminar Kicks off with Hymnfest

Summer Seminar Kicks off with Hymnfest

This upcoming Monday, June 25, the 2012 Congregations Summer Seminar will host a hymnfest at Yale Divinity School’s Marquand Chapel.  The event begins at 7:30pm, and is free and open to the public.  Among the hymns to be sung is Isaac Watts’ “O God Our Help in Ages Past,” and guest organists James Abingdon and...
Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Summer 2012 Theme: Keeping Time/Life Passages

Keeping Time/Life Passages is the theme for the 2nd annual gathering of congregations from around the U.S. for a weeklong seminar in June.”Time, like an ever-rolling stream, soon bears us all away,” we sing with Isaac Watts. How does a congregation worship God from the midst of the days, weeks, years, and stages of life...