To Animate the Body of Christ: Sarah Bentley Talks About Sacred Dance

Article by Jean Caffey Lyles

Sarah Bentley was ordained in the United Church of Christ in 1980 to a ministry of teaching and dance. Having worked in the area of theology, education and dance since 1973, she is now on the teaching staff at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York. Her work in congregations, conferences and workshops is part of …

Virtual Worship

Article by Mark U. Edwards, Jr.

“There is no there there,” said Gertrude Stein about Oakland, California. “There is a different there there,” say I, an Oaklandite by birth, about virtuality. “Virtual” presence differs from “real” presence in propinquity — time, place and relationship — as well as vividness and interactivity. The technology of virtual presence simulates “being there”; it holds …

Where Two or More Are Gathered: Exploring Alternative Worship Strategies

Article by Bradley Sowash

Recently, I was asked to lead a workshop on alternative worship for a statewide annual denominational gathering. The following article is a condensation of my remarks at that conference. How would it feel to participate in an extravagantly creative worship experience? Could a service be designed that mixes church tradition with original ideas? Does alternative …