The Yale Institute of Sacred Music has just announced a new ecumenical initiative to strengthen the ministries of worship, music and the arts in congregations. It’s a wonderful project. ( I say this as an interested observer. As a “Friend of the ISM” I’ve been watching it come into being over the past several years.) It involves a week-long seminar for teams from several congregations, who then commit to bringing what they learn back to their home regions. The theme for 2011, “Worshiping God in This Place,” considers the actual inhabited landscapes upon which congregations live out their ministries.
You can read a press release about it here: http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/pressreleases/ism_announces_creation_of_the_congregations_project_in_sacred_music_worship/
Or visit the website for the project here: http://www.yale.edu/ism/congregations
The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center, educates leaders who foster, explore, and study engagement with the sacred through music, worship, and the arts in Christian communities, diverse religious traditions, and public life.