Environment for Worship
"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...
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...
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...