Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated Inclusive Worship resource list. Here are aids for creating more aware, intentional and welcoming worship.
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I See You | Sermon Series Resources
The Gospel for Changemakers by Rev. Tyler Sit
Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes reflects on Contemplating Anger in Oneing, the blog of the Center for Action and Contemplation. She also offers a fantastic video promotion of her book by the same name in Race and the Cosmos.
The Ministry Lab is excited to share access to Rev. Jia Starr Brown's transformative series, Journey to Freedom: Embracing God's Cultural Mosaic of People. Along with diversity trainings, Bible studies, and book groups, the 2020 them, Intersectionality, was brought to life by six guest preachers reflecting on John 4:4-26 (The Woman at the Well) and poetry and music from Minnesota-based artists.
Find numerous prayer and worship elements inclusive of Indigenous voices and stories and including a full liturgy and sermon, in our WaterThreads Toolkit.
Writing and discussion prompts and suggestions for personal and community rituals provide readers the tools needed to connect with their own ancestors and find grounding for racial reconciliation and liberation in their own communities. These reflections always connect to the work of dismantling white supremacy as a spiritual practice.
THIS set of slides on pronouncing a name from a culture that is not your own is very useful and practical - and helpful when you want to be hospitable and welcoming whether in your building or your neighborhood.
The Promise & the Practice offers a collection of worship materials by UU religious professionals of color.
This video from the ELCA's 2021 Children, Youth, and Family Ministry Network's Extravaganza is the Story of Confession from Vance Blackfox from the Opening Worship. A powerful confession for us all, based on the story of Joseph in the Pit.
As we are embraced by God's reconciling love in worship, we are equipped to carry that reconciling love into our relationships beyond the worship space. Worship equips us for the work of conciliation, but the liturgy itself needs to be decolonized if it is to truly honor Christian commitments to God and neighbor. This book explores the reformed liturgy in its pattern of Gathering, Word, Table, and Sending, searching it both for colonial vestiges, and spaces of new possibility. Unsettling Worship invites the reader into a conversation about reformed worship in a setting of ongoing colonization. Worship should both unsettle us, and equip us for the essential work of making things right with Indigenous neighbors.
Tracy Kugler, a member of St. Paul's UCC in St. Paul, MN
~includes a strong list of resources for congregational or personal learning
A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment was compiled in conversation with a group of Minnesota Indigenous leaders.
The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center offers this Toolkit.
Pastor Tamika Jancewicz, Pastor Emilie Casey, and Anne Krentz Organ shaped this liturgy entitled Sighs Too Deep for Words (Romans 8:26). This resource gives special attention to women’s experiences in scripture and in everyday life, and it invites embodied prayer. This is a liturgy rooted in scriptural accounts of the breaths, sighs, groans, and shouts of God, humanity, and all creation. The writers have aimed to craft language and music that is not only theologically rigorous and aesthetically beautiful, but also clear, adaptable, and singable. May we pray and sing without knowing exactly what to say, for it is when “we do not know how to pray as we ought” that the “Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
Cathy’s Music is music where faith and fun meet. Your children will sing about the promises of God and the stories of God’s people and have fun at the same time.
Kid-friendly Christian songs that make a director’s job easy!
A collated Interfaith Prayer for Peace; adding pieces from other world religions or individuals - especially those targeted by hate groups - might add to its power.
The ELCA created Prayers, Litanies, and Laments for the Commemoration of the Emanuel Nine, which are appropriate for worship throughout the Season of Pentecost, include suggestions for use online. See also the ELCA’s weekly liturgical prompts, Worship in the Home.
Ways to deal with common sensory issues (Disclaimer: This one uses the term ‘problem’ in inappropriate and unhelpful ways. However, the suggestions for mitigating sensory perception issues to develop more enjoyable social interactions are worthwhile, especially for families with multiple children and/or when working with groups of children.)
Wayzata Community Church's Special Needs Ministry and Parables worship service invites families into a safe and inclusive faith community.
SPECIAL NEEDS, SPECIAL GIFTS
10:15 a.m. Sundays in the Chapel
To watch past Parables services, click here.
Find additional accessibility resources here.
An Interfaith Welcome to People with Disabilities
From The American Association of People with Disabilities & The Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition
The Accessible Altar is a monthly podcast exploring the intersections of faith and disability. Robyn and Stephanie met in seminary and share a frustration with how the Christianity has allowed ableist ideas to shape how we think and preach about the bible, lead services, and practice theology. The website includes this list of additional resources.
Find wisdom and inspiration in the practices of Beloved Everybody, an Ability-Inclusive Church that Embodies the Beloved Community.
Parity helps congregations and faith organizations, clergy, seminarians, denominations and seminaries become more LGBTQ+ sensitive and celebratory.
Find liturgical elements, full liturgies, tips for diversity inclusion, family and loved ones support, and more.
In RevGalBlogPals, The Pastoral Is Political blog, Rev. Emily Heitzman clarifies the importance of creating Affirming Spaces for LGBTQIA+ Youth.
“A Feminist Apostles’ Creed” by Sarah Moon in “Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call” at Patheos website (Sept. 17, 2014)
Matthew Fox offers a lovely collection of Poems to the Mother.
This Is the Day: Liturgy for Love and Justice. Formation for Faith and Renewal offers Inspired: A 7-Week Womanist Worship Series.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
For Mental Health Sunday, The UCC Mental Health Network partnered with The United Church of Canada to offer a new resource: Radical Belonging: Mental Health Sunday Liturgies and Resources for All.
This liturgy includes challenges to the systemic sins that create “otherness” and ableism, shareable stories of people living with mental illness and disabilities, and words of grace and celebration for the opportunities we have as the Body of Christ to love, care for and accept one another.