2011 | Worshiping God in this Place
In a mobile, fast-paced society marked by fragmenting ties to locale and alienation
from the natural world, this theme invites congregations to consider the actual inhabited landscapes upon which they live out their ministries. How does a congregation’s literal place in the world shape how it worships God? And how does participating in worship, music, and the arts enable the people of a certain place—for example, of a city, a historic district, a rural area, a watershed—to seek the welfare of this place?
Some congregations may attend to one small neighborhood while others explore regions marked by distinctive histories, ecologies, or cultures. However, all will be seeking to enhance awareness of the designated place as an arena of God’s grace through projects in worship, music, and the arts that can be shared with other congregations ministering there.