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Welcome

Welcome to The Ministry Lab's curated Inclusive Worship resource list. Here are aids for creating more aware, intentional and welcoming worship.

Scroll down to find resources help foster the full inclusion of persons:

  • from diverse racial backgrounds
  • empowered by womanist/feminist theologies
  • who identify as LGBTQIA+
  • who are Special Needs and/or Differently-Abled

Find additional resources and inspiration in:

Preaching

The PC(USA) Store has compiled a list of resources for Preaching & Teaching Women's Stories and Books for LGBTQIA+ Inclusion.

movingsidewalk.jpgThe Gospel for Changemakers by Rev. Tyler Sit

There is no Allyship Airlines for which you can buy a ticket and sit comfy.

Equity Lens on Preaching & Praying: Regarding the Insurrection on Capital Hill and Equity Lens on Preaching and Praying during the Derek Chauvin Trial and the season of Lent

from the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area; by Rev. Anna Kendig Flores, PTCA Anti-Racism Institutional Assessment Coordinator

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.

Antiracism/Racial Diversity - Preaching

     Black Suffering: Silent Pain, Hidden Hope     Blessed and Beautiful     ecc7ae_c75d4a6de24448a7aa666079ca3ce792~mv2.jpg     Dear White Peacemakers     The Darkness Divine     GOD IN THE GHETTO     I Remember     Jesus Takes a Side          MOVING THE MASSES               Psalms for Black Lives     Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Amazon.com: Books     R.I.C.H. in Preaching               Sacred Belonging: A 40-Day Devotional on the Liberating Heart of Scripture  (Daily Bible Devotions on Belonging to God, the Earth, & One Another): Kat  Armas, Kat: 9781587435096: Amazon.com: Books     Sistering | The Art of Holding Close and Letting Go (Dickey and Neff)     Something in the Water: A 21st Century Civil Rights Odyssey     Speaking the Truth: Ecumenism, Liberation, and Black Theology  With a New Introduction by Dennis W. Wiley     Staying Awake: The Gospel for Changemakers     Storycraft: The Art of Spiritual Narrative     Voices of Lament | Baker Publishing Group     Worship at a Crossroads

Racial Inclusion

Black Liturgies by Cole Arthur Riley     Unsettling Worship

Find numerous prayer and worship elements inclusive of Indigenous voices and stories and including a full liturgy and sermon, in our WaterThreads Toolkit.

Rebels, Despots, and Saints: The Ancestors Who Free Us and The Ancestors We Need to FreeWriting 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.

Holy Blackness: The Matrix of Creation

Church Anew shared this sermon from Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney to nourish your soul and your biblical imagination. The sermon was originally preached at All Saints Church in Pasadena, CA on December 1, 2019 and follows the readings from A Women’s Lectionary for the Whole Church, Year A

Photo by Julia Rekamie on Unsplash

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.

Black Liturgies by Cole Arthur RileyEpisode 135: Black Liturgies with Cole Arthur RileyCole Arthur Riley is the Black Liturgist. Find her poems, liturgies, prayers and other writings on her website and follow her on instagram.

Land Acknowledgments

Unsettling WorshipAs 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. 

 

Doing the Deeply Spiritual Work of Land Acknowledgment

Tracy Kugler, a member of St. Paul's UCC in St. Paul, MN

~includes a strong list of resources for congregational or personal learning

 

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Go to Beyond Land Acknowledgment SeriesA Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgment was compiled in conversation with a group of Minnesota Indigenous leaders.

 

 

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Green road sign with cows in background. Sign reads Welcome To The Cheyene River Sioux Tribe Indian Reservation.

How To Write A Land Acknowledgement For Your Parish

 

 

 

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CICSC logoThe California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center offers this Toolkit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Liturgical Elements

Expansive Language LiturgySighs Too Deep for Words

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.”

Welcome to Cathy's Music - Cathy's MusicCathy’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.

Frank Schaeffer, son of Francis Schaeffer, who created and shaped the evangelical political movement of the '80s, which brought us to today, shared this compelling video: part confession, part admonition. Important insight for creating helpful study and/or sermons.

Differently-Abled Awareness

Sensory room ideas 

NHS Sensory Processing Hub

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.

That All May Worship

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.

LogoAn Interactive Journal on Christian Social Justice

Disabling Lent: An Anti-Ableist Lenten Devotional

Special Needs Inclusion - Books

          Disability and the Church     Disability Visibility     Dutiful Love: Empowering Individuals and Families Affected by Mental Illness     My Body Is Not a Prayer Request: Disability Justice in the Church - Kindle  edition by Kenny, Amy. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

LGBTQIA+ Inclusion

Prayer, Worship, and Other Church Resources

Please see our Pride Celebrations and Marriage/Blessing Partnership lib guides.

ParityParity 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.

Feminist/Womanist Lens

Blessed are the Women: Naming & Reclaiming Women’s Stories from the Gospels                     

“A Feminist Apostles’ Creed” by Sarah Moon in “Liberating Liturgies: A Creed and a Call” at Patheos website (Sept. 17, 2014)

ImageMatthew Fox offers a lovely collection of Poems to the Mother.

The Darkness Divine     Texts of Terror (40th Anniversary Edition): Literary-Feminist Readings of Biblical Narratives

This Is the Day: Liturgy for Love and Justice. Formation for Faith and Renewal offers Inspired: A 7-Week Womanist Worship Series.

Wil Gafney - Brite Divinity SchoolA new lectionary that centers women

“If the gospel isn’t good news to the women in the passage, is it still good news?” 

Grace Ji-Sun Kim interviews Wil Gafney 

February 15, 2022

Mental Health Awareness

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.

  • downloadable
  • available in a PDF and a large print Word document
  • for any congregation of any size that wishes to become a place of radical belonging.

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.

General - Books

     Our Hearts Wait     The Small Church Advantage: Seven Powerful Worship Practices that Work Best  in Small Settings: Stewart, Teresa J.: 9781950899722: Amazon.com: Books     Unsettling Worship

Bi-Lingual Resources

     Look Inside Salmos de asombro 

In Our Library

Book cover of Accessible Gospel     Book - Paperback          The Africana Worship Book (Year A)     The Africana Worship Book (Year B)          Before the Amen | Creative Resources for Worship (Tirabassi & Tirabassi)               24030555     Companion to The Africana Worship Book     undefined     First Nations Version: An Indigenous Translation of the New Testament, Softcover  -     Edited By: First Nations Version Translation Council    By: Terry M. Wildman     Gifts in Open Hands | More Worship Resources for the Global Community (Tirabassi & Eddy)     Gifts of Many Cultures | Worship Resources for the Global Community (Tirabassi & Eddy)     Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church (Second Edition)     Nurturing Faith and Hope: Black Worship as a Model for Christian Education Cover Image          screen-shot-2016-10-27-at-11-16-37-pm     Praising God     Red Fish Theology | Parables - A How-to Guide for Offering a Radically Inclusive Worship Service with the Special Needs Community     Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders     Preaching as Resistance: Voices of Hope, Justice, and Solidarity               E-Book     Worship Ways For the People Within Your Reach - eBook  -     By: Thomas G. Bandy

Find numerous prayer and worship elements inclusive of Indigenous voices and stories and including a full liturgy and sermon, in our WaterThreads Toolkit.