Worshiping Communities

Serious JuJu baptizes infant, young skateboarding boy

Until last weekend, the Rev. Sean Chow, the Western region and training associate for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s 1001 new worshiping community movement, had never someone so little being baptized.

No pews is good news

Light Street Presbyterian Church in Baltimore has been home to a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) congregation for more than 160 years.  Founded as a place of refuge for children who worked in factories, Light Street always knew it existed for the city’s working-class neighborhood.

Union Church in Seattle serves community through hospitality

Union Church in Seattle is “a church with a day job — a very involved day job,” says Scott Lumsden, Seattle Presbytery Co-Executive Presbyter. Stick around for a few days at 415 Westlake Avenue N. and you’ll see he’s right.

Love heals at Thistle Farms

Becca Stevens, one of the keynote speakers for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations national gathering coming up October 14-16 in Kansas City, Mo., remembers how she felt when she started a residential community for women who have survived tracking, prostitution and addiction.

Update: 1001 New Worshiping Communities

In 2012, by action of the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the movement to establish 1001 new communities of faith all over the country was made official.

Getting back into the swing of things

After he participates in worship and preaches this weekend, 1001 New Worshiping Communities associate the Rev. Michael Gehrling will dance.  In part, he’ll dance because he can see the future again — a future made brighter through a (dance) step of faith.

A dozen 1001 New Worshiping Communities awarded Mission Program Grants

The Presbyterian Mission Agency approved 12 Mission Program Grants to worshiping communities during its latest grant cycle. Among them are eight $7,500 seed grants to help an assortment of 1001 new worshiping communities get started in various presbyteries across the country.

The power of fearless dialogue

The Rev. Dr. Gregory Ellison, one of the keynoters for the 1001 New Worshiping Communities and Vital Congregations national gathering October, remembers how he felt in the midst of a media firestorm six years ago.