The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship is pleased to announce the recipients of Worship Renewal Grants for the year 2000. In its first year at the Institute, the program generated interest in nearly every part of North America and from many denominations. Over $100,000 will be awarded to twelve programs. Funds for the program were provided through a grant from Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment, Inc. Founded in 1937, the endowment's major areas of concern are community development, education, and religion. Grant recipients will sponsor a broad range of projects related to worship education, arts, youth concerns, and cultural diversity.

The Institute received more than 250 proposals from over 20 denominations and 30 states and provinces. "The tremendous response to this program is a sign of great hope. There is obviously a great interest in worship renewal that is both well-grounded and creative," said Cindy Holtrop, manager of the grants program for the Worship Institute.

The Institute worked with a seven-member national advisory board to evaluate proposals. "The selection process was extremely difficult. We were especially grateful for so many proposals that gave evidence of deep theological reflection on the meaning of worship," said John Witvliet, Institute director.

This giants program will continue for 2001 and 2002. The next deadline for application is September 1, 2000. For more information, contact the Institute at,, or 616-957-6088.

The following grants were awarded:

Ada and Kelloggsville Christian Schools, Ada and Kelloggsville, Michigan

To create a program for teaching students and teachers the elements of worship, and modeling those elements in informal and formal worship services.

All Nations Christian Reformed Church, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

To develop and publish a worship resource manual for intergenerational worship services that more fully integrate youth into the worship life of congregations.

Christians in Theatre Arts, Greenville, South Carolina

To research theological, liturgical, and philosophical rationale for thoughtful integration of the dramatic arts in worship in North American congregations, and to present this at a series of national conferences on both drama and worship.

Conference on Korean Worship and Music, Louisville, Kentucky

To sponsor a national conference on Korean worship and music in order to create worship resources for Korean American congregations.

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions Region VI, Toledo, Ohio

To sponsor a Liturgy Summer Camp for adults and young adults to provide basic liturgical understanding to lay leaders in congregations in Michigan and Ohio.

First Congregational Church, UCC, Loekport, Illinois

To develop a collaborative youth worship leadership training program for junior high, high school, and college students in four congregations.

Glade Baptist Church, Blacksburg, Virginia

To develop a fine arts gallery in their sanctuary, in conjunction with contemplative worship services.

Ministry of Worship and Spiritual Life, Archdiocese of Miami, Miami, Florida

To sponsor a week-long Liturgical Institute for clergy, religious and lay leaders of South Florida with a focus on the sacraments and popular devotions in developing multi-cultural congregations.

North American Association for the Cate-chumenate (NAAC), Seattle, Washington

To sponsor a conference on programs to integrate worship, evangelism, hospitality, and small group ministries in the process of welcoming new members to a congregation.

Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

To bring together clergy and lay leaders from five congregations concerned with modeling theologically informed worship in multi-cultural ministry settings.

Rutgers Community Christian Church, Belle Mead, New Jersey

To sponsor a seminar on music and worship to explore future directions for this and other Chinese-American congregations.

Timothy Christian High School, Elmhurst, Illinois

To sponsor a worship conference and educational experience for high school students in Christian high schools in the Midwest.




A new one-day leadership training seminar led by Robert Webber in his continuing "Renew Your Worship!" series. Thousands of people have benefited from his teaching in many different cities throughout North America. Contact the Institute for Worship Studies. Box 894. Wheaton. IL 60189; 630-510-8905; fax 630-510-0601; website:

Dates for 2000:
La Porte, IN, March 4
Indiana, PA, March 11
Akron, OH, March 18
Cincinnati, OH, March 20
Columbus, OH, March 25
Mount Vernon, OH, March 25
Pittsburgh, PA, March 27
Lancaster, PA, April I
Fairview Village, PA, April 3
Baltimore, MD, April 8
Annandale, VA, April 10
Montclair, Nj, April 29
Albany, NY, May I
Rochester, NY, May 6
Binghamton, NY, May 8
Fayetteville, GA, August 26

Kalamazoo, Ml, March 12, 2000
Musician and Choral Workshop led by Marty Haugen. At First Reformed Church, Kalamazoo, Ml. Contact Vineyard Outreach Ministry. 616-349-3323;

Valparaiso, IN, May 2-4, 2000
In Many and Various Ways... Proclaiming the Gospel in the Assembly, Diverse opportunities for worship and small group learning in the areas of preaching, music, and the space for celebration. Contact; Institute of Liturgical Studies, 888-422-2777 or 219-464-5055;

Wheaton, IL, May 17-20, 2000
"Hymnody in American Protestantism Conference" hosted by the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals (ISAE) with a grant from the Lilly Foundation. Hymn festivals and presentations by 39 scholars, pastors, and musicians on topics ranging from black gospel hymns to a study on "Amazing Grace," Contact: ISAE, Wheaton College, Wheaton IL60187; 630-752-5437; fax: 630-752-5916; e-mail:; web:

Grand Rapids, Ml, May 24-26, 2000
"Welcoming New Christians: the Congregation's Ministry of Making Disciples," Cospon-sored by the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ hosted by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW). Contact CICW, 3201 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, Ml 49546-4388; 616-957-6088; e-mail;; web:

Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM) Conferences
  1. Montreal, NC.June 18-24;June25-July I, 2000 (two identical conferences)
    Old Wine and New Wineskins: Bringing Together in Worship the Best of the Past to Blend with the Best of the Present. The oldest and largest PAM conference; more than 1000 adults and children attend each week.
  2. New Wilmington. PA. July 9-14. 2000
  3. Albuquerque. NM, July 16-21. 2000

For information on all three conferences, contact the PAM National Office, 100 With-erspoon St., Louisville KY 40202-1396; 502-569-5288; fax 502-569-8465.

Ancaster, ON, July 14-15, 1999
Magnify the Lord! A worship conference at Redeemer College in association with Reformed Worship and the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Contact: Bert Polman, Redeemer College, 777 Garner Road East. Ancaster. ON L9K IJ4. Canada; 905-648-2131; fax 905-648-2 134; e-mail:

Boston, MA, July 23-27, 2000
Annual conference of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
Contact: The Hymn Society. 745 Commonwealth Ave.. Boston MA 02215-1401; 800-THE-HYMN; e-mail:

Northfield, MN, July 24-28, 2000
St. Olaf Conference on Worship, Theology, and the Arts, cosponsored by St. Olaf College and Calvin Institute of Christian Worship. Contact David Neuger, 507-646-3472; fax 507-646-3536.

Atlanta, GA, August 2-5,2000
Festival Gathering 2000 of NOBS (Network of Biblical Storytellers). Theme: "Parables of the Reign of God." Presentations and workshops on memorizing scripture for dramatic presentation in worship services and other settings where storytelling communicates. Contact: NOBS, 1-800-355-NOBS (6627); e-mail;;  

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