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Worship: Justice & Lament

resources from judicatories, including re-opening guidelines and online worship videos; online hospitality & participation; engaging children, youth, and intergenerational; lectionary & preaching; liturgy, music & liturgical arts; tech & copyright helps;

Books

     Imagining Our Neighbors as Ourselves: How Art Shapes Empathy               Practicing Lament     Psalms for Black Lives          Reparations: A Christian Call for Repentance and Repair: Kwon, Duke L.,  Thompson, Gregory: 9781587434501: Amazon.com: Books     Voices of Lament | Baker Publishing Group     

Prepared Liturgies - Lament

The Rev. Carolyn Winfrey Gillette, a Presbyterian pastor and hymn writer, has published a new hymn lamenting gun violence and remembering “the beloved children of God who died in the school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas”.

Rev. Elsa Anders Cook shares her own beautiful Prayers for the Incomprehensible Ascension, along with these words from Maren Tirabassi, Leah Robberts-Mosser, and Philip Hobson.

The Bishop's Blog: Bishops United Against Gun Violence - Episcopal Diocese  of Los AngelesIn November 2018 following a massacre in Thousand Oaks, California, Bishops United Against Gun Violence — an activist group of bishops in the Episcopal Church — offered a “Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting” to commemorate the dead, to comfort their loved ones, and to honor survivors and first responders.

No photo description available.Pastor Ruth Marston-Bihl wrote this litany following the school shooting on February 14, 2018, as a reflection on the candles on the altar at the evening worship service at First UMC Olympia.

The Plural Guild creates unique liturgies and music specific to the times and contexts in which we live.

Prepared Liturgies - Justice

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.”

Parity

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.

     

God on the Move: A Worship Series on Technology and Innovation

This series includes 3 original liturgies, title graphics, planning guide with hymn suggestions, promotional blurbs, and sermon starters.

Pairs well with God on the Move: Faith and Democracy, which includes 3 original liturgies, title graphics, planning guide with hymn suggestions, promotional blurbs, and sermon starters.

                   

The Promise & the Practice offers a collection of worship materials by UU religious professionals of color.

enfleshed develops general-purpose, anti-racism and COVID-19 related liturgical elements.

Progressive Christianity offers an extensive online Service and Gathering Planning resource library, searchable by topic and element of worship.

Find Benedictions from around the country here.

The Plural Guild creates unique liturgies and music specific to the times and contexts in which we live.

Land Acknowledgments

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

 

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

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

Blogs, Podcasts, & Articles

Offers weekly liturgical prompts, Worship in the Home and Frequently Asked Questions, including How Is Lament included in Worship?

Webinars, Workshops, & Trainings

Home

We need public rituals of confession … of lamentation.

Krista Tippet with Rev. Phil Jackson

  How to create worship experiences that embrace our bodies…all kinds of bodies…as God does.

How to create worship experiences that embrace our bodies…all kinds of bodies…as God does.

  How can worship become a catalyst for justice, racial equity, inclusion and peacemaking in our world today?

How can worship become a catalyst for justice, racial equity, inclusion and peacemaking in our world today?

  What does it really mean to be LGBTQIA inclusive?  Versus just “welcoming…”

What does it really mean to be LGBTQIA inclusive?  Versus just “welcoming…”

  How practicing lament can transform our worship… and maybe even our world.

How practicing lament can transform our worship… and maybe even our world.

  An open conversation on racism in the church and in worship and what we can do about it.

An open conversation on racism in the church and in worship and what we can do about it

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Making sure the songs we sing actually reflect what we believe. Plus, writing songs!

  Opening our worship to mystery, beauty and belonging through inclusive language.

Opening our worship to mystery, beauty and belonging through inclusive language.

In Our Library

     9780787982690: Lord, Have Mercy: Praying for Justice With Conviction and Humility          Pray, Praise, and Give Thanks: Litanies, Laments, and Thanksgivings at Font and Table     Worship in the Spirit of Jesus