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Church Websites for Difference-Making Organizations! Not that long ago you may not have imagined the essential tasks of ministry include knowing how to livestream socially-distanced worship, set up and run online small groups, master Instagram / YouTube / TikTok, and build a dynamic website that would be your congregation’s primary meeting space for a year. You’ve come a long way on your own, but as you continue to adapt, you need awesome partners on your side. Aboundant is a website development and digital ministry solutions agency that partners with organizations like yours. We can’t make everything in your life easier, but we can make a big difference. Need help building a new website or refreshing an existing one?
Hoping to create a new brand or get found online? Troubleshooting a hack or training a digital ministry team? Let us partner with you. Our “Done WITH You” approach to projects helps you build skills, develop ownership of your site, and communicate in authentic ways. Aboundant’s team members are people like you: a pastor, a Christian educator, a church communications staff member. We’ve worked in various church and nonprofit settings, so we “speak church” in ways you’ll never find at some of the giant, do-it-yourself website companies.
Aboundant has helped churches small and large, denominational offices, church camps, mission / justice / environmental organizations, and many others…and we can help you with whatever you’re dreaming of doing next. Start a conversation today to get web design for your mission, delivered with care.
Amplify Media is a streaming service allowing churches large and small unlimited video access in order to discover, customize, and share diverse resources that encourage deeper discipleship and equip churches to pursue their mission with greater impact. Amplify is available anytime, anywhere on any device.
At Backstory Preaching, we know you want to inspire your listeners to love God and neighbor with sermons that bring the ancient stories of scripture to life. You want to preach messages you believe in—in your own words, with your own unique voice—every time you enter the pulpit.
The problem is you’re on a relentless weekly deadline, and the chaos of ministry life leaves you drained. You’re determined to squeeze sermon prep into the spare minutes of your week, but too often, you find yourself panicking at the eleventh hour about what you’re going to say. You don’t want to rely on the internet, but you don’t have a process you can rely on each week to discern your own ideas.
The worst part? Sermon prep, which should be a fun, restorative time of connection with God, becomes a dreaded burden of stress.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We believe every preacher can thrive in and out of the pulpit. Through our year-long preaching Mentorship program, we help preachers integrate spirituality, process, and craft to:
✅ establish a reliable process to save time and reduce stress
✅ connect with God during sermon prep
✅ discern authentic messages of good news with confidence
✅ craft sermons they can’t wait to preach
✅ and *enjoy* the process!
Download the Mentorship brochure for more info and to be notified when applications open. We’ll include “10 Ways to Improve Your Sermon by Sunday”—simple tips you can implement today for immediate inspiration.
Be good news to preach good news! Backstory Preaching: Integrating Life, Spirituality, and Craft shows you how. By integrating your life and spirituality with the practical skills necessary for effective preaching, you can move beyond the boredom, stress, or insecurity of preaching so it is no longer you who preach but Christ who preaches in you. Backstory Preaching offers online preaching formation and continuing education programs.
By the Well: A Lectionary Podcast
By the Well is a weekly lectionary-based podcast for preachers. Each week we take a deep dive into the texts from the Revised Common Lectionary, exploring their ancient setting and how we might preach them today. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally, bringing the best biblical scholarship into the conversation with lived experience, pastoral need, and theology.
The hosts – Robyn Whitaker (PhD, New Testament, University of Chicago) and Fran Barber (MDiv, Uniting Church Minister) – both have experience preaching in a wide variety of contexts. We are passionate about enlarging the circle of theological conversation, engaging the questions of today and seeking God’s wisdom in how we ask and respond to those questions. Guests frequently join us in the conversation to bring perspectives different to our own.
Our name, By the Well, is a nod to the Samaritan woman in John 4. In many ways she is an ordinary woman, perhaps on the margins of her community. When she encounters Jesus during her daily task of drawing water at the well, it transforms her and her faith. In discovering the “living water” that is Christ, she becomes a preacher and evangelist for her community, bringing them to encounter the Good News of God for themselves.
We hope that our conversations By the Well will feed yours, wherever you find yourself preaching and discussing the Word of God.
Day1: Proclaiming the Positive, Passionate Message of the Mainline Churches.
Day1® offers preachers, church leaders, and laypersons a wealth of timely, trustworthy resources at no charge. Formerly “The Protestant Hour,” Day1 celebrates 76 years of mainline media ministry in 2021. Our radio program airs on 200+ stations across America and in a dozen other countries, and our podcast version is available anywhere, anytime on your favorite app—search for “Day1 Weekly Program.
On our website at Day1.org you can access our weekly Day1 programs, which feature outstanding preachers representing the historic Protestant denominations offering a lectionary-based sermon and engaging in interesting conversations with host Peter Wallace. Plus, watch videos, listen to podcasts, read relevant articles, explore our extensive sermon archives, donate to our ministry, learn how you can preach on Day1, and more.
And check out FaithGoods.com for faith-proclaiming, community-building apparel, accessories, church signs, and books—including our Faith & Science in the 21st Century book/audio/video group study resource, and Bread Enough for All: A Day1 Guide to Life, ideal for individual or small group use.
Keep in touch—follow us on social media: Day1online on Facebook, Day1 on LinkedIn, @Day1 on Twitter, and Day1online on Instagram. And sign up for our weekly e-newsletter at Day1.org!
EO – Educational Opportunities Tours
Educational Opportunities Tours is a Christian travel ministry that has been delivering Christian journeys of a lifetime for almost 50 years. Travelers have joined EO around the world on Holy Land pilgrimages, Bible land expeditions – by land and sea, Church heritage tours, retreat cruises, and cultural explorations. EO’s travel experts and on-site hospitality staff serve each guest by handling all travel details and ensuring safety and health throughout each journey; curated itineraries, educational resources, and guest speakers create unique experiences that change individual lives, ministry, and the Church.
EO Tours offers hundreds of scheduled departures each year. Individual travelers or groups of any size can join these inspirational journeys. EO can also help travelers plan a customized itinerary to their destination(s) of choice. Whether you travel alone or with a group of 500, EO can help plan your Christian journey of a lifetime.
Despite the restrictions on travel due to the pandemic, EO Tours is assisting travelers with travel plans for 2021 and 2022. We look forward to serving you and your travelers through our Christian travel ministry. Visit our website, www.eo.travel, or contact us at 800-247-0017 to start planning your next Christian journey.
EOX – Exceptional Expeditions
EOX – Exceptional Expeditions for Small Groups.
Does your small group want to travel without having to join others on a large bus? Do you want flexibility to change your itinerary before or during your trip? Is planning your trip difficult? Is pricing confusing and misleading?
EO Tours, a leader in Christian since 1974, is proud to introduce new expeditions for groups of 6-16 travelers to destinations around the world. EOX enables your small group to have a guaranteed private journey of a lifetime.
• Exciting and inspirational itineraries with sites not included on other EO travel experiences.
• Flexibility to change your plans before or during your expedition.
• Guaranteed private travel – no one will be added to your group.
• Pricing that is easy to understand and offers great value.
• Flexible travel dates to fit your schedule needs.
• Expert service and advice from the leader in Christian travel.
Visit www.eo.travel/eox to see sample itineraries to Egypt, Greece, the Holy Land, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Turkey, and more – some of these countries are open to US travelers now. Start planning today for travel in late 2021 or 2022.
Grounded in radical trust that the Holy Spirit is moving in the midst of change, Faith+Lead connects you to the resources, experiments, and communities exploring how to innovate faithfully in the 21st century. Join our free social network and get support, encouragement, and courses that speak to the challenges and joys of ministry today.
Illustrated Ministry creates accessible, faith-based resources for the church and home.
Illustrated Ministry celebrates the expansive image of God in everyone through open and inclusive language, diverse imagery, and progressive theology.
Our thoughtful and easy-to-use materials are designed to foster authentic faith engagement through our intergenerational focus, our modern and refreshing design, and creative and engaging content and activities.
Whether you’re looking for materials to use at home with kids of all ages, you’re exploring what intergenerational ministry looks like in your context, or you want some devotionals and coloring pages to use personally, Illustrated Ministry has what you’re looking for.
Over seventy different denominations around the world, and across the theological spectrum, enjoy and use our resources. Our community appreciates our clean and modern design, the diversity found in our illustrations (you won’t find a white Jesus here), our use of inclusive language, our digital and downloadable content, the tiered-pricing we offer, and our intergenerational focus.
We are a small and agile business, which allows us to respond quickly to our community’s needs and desires. In the past year, we’ve created curricula to be used virtually and published a best-selling Virtual Vacation Bible School curriculum called Compassion Camp (with a new edition coming in 2021).
To learn more and receive a free sample of our products and resources, go to illustratedministry.com/freebie
The Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Programs (Chrstian Theological Seminary)
Lilly Endowment’s Clergy Renewal Programs are administered by the Center for Pastoral Excellence at Christian Theological Seminary.
Through its religion grantmaking, Lilly Endowment, an Indianapolis-based, private philanthropic foundation, seeks to deepen and enrich the lives of American Christians. It does this largely through initiatives to enhance and sustain the quality of ministry in American congregations and parishes.
To this end, National and Indiana Clergy Renewal Programs provide an opportunity for pastors to step away briefly from the persistent obligations of daily parish life and to engage in a period of renewal and reflection. Renewal periods are not vacations but times for intentional exploration and reflection, for drinking again from God’s life-giving waters, for regaining enthusiasm and creativity for ministry.
Details and application materials for the 2021 programs are now available. In the 2021 Lilly Endowment National Clergy Renewal Program and the 2021 Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program for Indiana Congregations, eligible congregations will be able to apply for grants of up to $50,000 each to support a renewal program for their pastor. Up to $15,000 of the grant may be used for congregational expenses associated with the renewal program.
PreachingandWorship.org aims to provide easy access to excellent online resources for preparing sermons and worship services for a wide range of denominations and traditions—a bit like a Google, Bing, or Yahoo search, specifically designed for preachers. This site is a collaborative project of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship and the Christian Classics Ethereal Library/Hymnary.org with funding provided by Lilly Endowment Inc. To date, more than 100k webpages are accessible through this website, including African-American Lectionary, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, Center for Excellence in Preaching, Christian Century, Christianity Today (Preaching Today), Commonweal Magazine, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Loyola Press, National Gallery of Art, Reformed Worship, and many others.
Progressive Pilgrimage provides global travel opportunities that stimulate the intellect, enrich the spirit, and build relationships among people of different religions and cultures. Our vision is to inspire Christians to become more engaged citizens, more faithful disciples, and more thoughtful neighbors, shaping God’s peaceable kingdom on earth today. Whether going to The Holy Land, Scotland, Ireland, Western Europe, or somewhere else, our pilgrimages are customized to the needs and interests of your group. We work side-by-side with your group leader to discern the most appropriate itinerary. We support your pilgrimage with marketing resources and are available to meet with your group, if desired. We provide extensive educational resources and handle all logistics, freeing your group leader and participants to focus on the pilgrimage experience. Our commitment to education, spirituality, and cultural sensitivity is primarily what makes us think of our pilgrimages as “progressive.” To travel with us means to be challenged, to learn, and to grow as you encounter new locales, meet new people, engage with new cultural and religious traditions.
Thrivent provides advice, banking, insurance, investment options and guidance on how you can live generously. Money itself isn’t your end goal. (But it can help you get there.) Our financial guidance can help you move forward in life and reach your own higher purpose.
Yoga is more than the shapes we make with our bodies or how we manipulate our breath. Yoga is a way to find sacred space in our bodies so that we may feel connected, connecting with something greater than self that we call God. Yogadevotion has been guiding people in search of the intersections of faith and yoga for over 20 years and we are honored to be at the Festival of Homiletics again this year.
This year we will offer three different ways to embody our faith. We will offer traditional practices of yin, hatha and vinyasa yoga taught by Rev. Cindy Senarighi, retired ELCA, RN, 200 Hr E-RYT and owner of Yogadevotion. We will offer gentle yoga and healing touch taught by Lisa Banning Ender, 200 hr RYT, Certified Healing Touch Practitioner and business manager for Yogadevotion. Finally we will offer the healing benefits of contemplative practices of meditation/centering prayer, chanting and Lectio Divina by Heidi Green 200-E RYT, 500 RYT, co-author of Yogadevotion: Practicing in the Presence and Yogadevotion’s online teacher certification.
All classes will be accessible to people experiencing yoga for the first time as well as to yoga enthusiasts. All classes will include gentle movement as part of the practice. Please visit yogadevotion.com for full bio’s and more information about props needed for the classes.
Meet the publishers who are sponsors of the 2021 Festival!
Baker Academic serves the academy and the church by publishing works that further the pursuit of knowledge and understanding within the context of Christian faith. Building on our Reformed and evangelical heritage, we connect authors and readers across the broader academic community by publishing books that reflect historic Christianity and its contemporary expressions. Our authors are scholars who are leaders in their fields, write irenically, and display a healthy respect for other perspectives and traditions. Our goal is to publish books that are notable for their inherent quality and deemed essential reading by students and scholars.
Cokesbury is the retail and customer service arm of The United Methodist Publishing House and serves United Methodists worldwide as well as a broad ecumenical audience representing numerous denominations and independent churches. Cokesbury offers more than 200,000 unique products including books, Bibles, curriculum, worship resources, and church supplies through Cokesbury.com as well as the Cokesbury Customer Care Center (844) 734-3397.
Scholarship that Matters: In the academy. In the classroom. In the church. From its origins in the early 1960’s, Fortress Press has established an enviable position as a premier publisher of compelling theological, biblical, and ethical engagements for the church and the world in which it lives. Fortress Press is an imprint of 1517 Media. 1517 Media creates multimedia resources and distinctive books for Christian communities, higher-education learning and scholars, and the general reader. 1517 Media’s imprints include: Augsburg Fortress, Beaming Books, Broadleaf Books, Fortress Press, and Sparkhouse.
Sojourners is an ecumenical Christian social justice advocacy organization that publishes a magazine by the same name. Sojourners mission is to inspire hope and action by articulating the biblical call to racial and social justice, life and peace, and environmental stewardship. We seek to inspire hope and build a movement to transform individuals, communities, the church, and the world. Sojourners is committed to seeking the truth as informed by our biblical roots, to uncover and explore injustices, and offer solutions consistent with our Christian values. We draw on a long and diverse tradition of Christians following Jesus and seeking justice, across different traditions, cultures and times in history. Our journalistic mission includes “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.” In our print and online news, analysis, and spiritual reflection, as well as our multimedia stories, we seek to be fair in our coverage, while not advancing false equivalencies. Our writers have a point of view, and we insist that they be accurate in their reporting and analysis; rigorous, comprehensive, and ethical in their methods; and transparent with readers about how they have arrived at their conclusions. Our advocacy work focuses on racial justice, humane immigration reform, climate care, peace and nonviolence, and women and girls. Currently we have a campaign to expose and fight voter suppression.
Spirit and Truth Publishing
At Spirit & Truth Publishing, our passion is in connecting people of all ages to God, Scripture, worship, and each other. In our resources, individuals are active participants in their own formation, not passive consumers of information. Our lectionary-based products (both Revised Common Lectionary and the Narrative Lectionary) connect education time to the Scripture used in worship, and our elementary worship curricula engage students in learning about the liturgy and church festivals. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have added two new curricula designed to be used by families together at home.
Our primary series is called Living the Word. Two products follow the Revised Common Lectionary: an intergenerational classroom curriculum and a home-based family curriculum. Ten products teach an overview of the story of God in Scripture by following the Narrative Lectionary. Some are designed with a more traditional, integrative approach where children, youth, and adults learn the same stories separately. Others embrace a cross+generational approach by forming faith in relationships that span the generations in the classroom, worship service, and home.
Chosen Together is a confirmation curriculum with a twist: it is designed to engage confirmands in cross+generational faith formation with mentors, their own family, and members of their congregation. Leaders are coached by the writer to set this up for success. We have recently added an option to subscribe to a safe, hosted online gathering space with the curriculum redesigned as an online course. Our focus: Worship God. Form faith. Live love.
Working Preacher Books
A series of compelling, timely books on biblical preaching. Luther Seminary and Fortress Press have launched a book series called Working Preacher Books.
We believe that God uses good preaching to change lives. Our books help preachers make the Bible come alive every time they preach.
Get to know the schools sponsoring the 2021 Festival!
The Center for Excellence in Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary provides busy preachers with the resources they need to preach fresh, compelling, vibrant sermons from God’s Word and has been doing so since 2005. Enjoy a wealth of standing resources like recommended commentaries and other books, as well as the new sermon starter articles, posted each week in English and Spanish to spark inspiration.
The Center for Excellence in Preaching follows the sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary and also maintains a large archive of sermon articles that can be searched and used to find ideas on almost any text, regardless of whether a pastor follows the Lectionary. There is also a trove of illustrative quotes on a wide range of preaching-related topics, ideas for illustrations drawn from the world of cinema, an array of audio/podcast sermons, and a series of short 5-minute teaching videos to help pastors brush up on some of the essential techniques of the preaching craft.
Preachers are busy people whose sermon-writing never stops. The Center for Excellence in Preaching strives to keep things fresh every week by jump starting every pastor’s creativity in engaging God’s Word to produce lively sermons of power and beauty.
The Calvin Institute of Christian Worship (CICW), located at Calvin University and Calvin Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is an interdisciplinary study and ministry center that promotes the scholarly study of the theology, history, and practice of Christian worship and the renewal of worship in worshiping communities across North America and beyond.
Founded in 1997, CICW is dedicated to using the unique resources of a Christian liberal arts university and theological seminary—with its collegial environment, international faculty and student body, wide interdisciplinary expertise, and culture of ongoing learning—to partner with congregations, denominations, parachurch organizations, professional organizations, and publishers to further our mission.
Public Worship and the Christian Life is our first podcast series generated for the past Online Symposium on Worship in January 2021. In these fifteen episodes, you can listen to interviews with experts in various areas of worship and Christian life, including preaching, psalms, church history, multicultural leadership, liturgical studies, forgiveness, and contemporary worship. You may also listen to this podcast series on Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Amazon Music.
The Gardner-Webb University School of Divinity aims to equip, nurture, encourage, and support men and women for their very best service in the Kingdom of God.
The School of Divinity offers two degree programs: the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry. Excellent scholars teach the classical Christian disciplines with full awareness that academics alone will not meet the needs, concerns, and challenges of the varieties of Christian ministries to which God calls us. Unless we attend to our spiritual, personal, and emotional development, the ministries to which we are called will fall far short of our Lord’s expectations.
At Gardner-Webb University, great faith manifests itself in who you are and how you act. Because greatness is really about changing lives and helping others, at Gardner-Webb, you’ll do plenty of both. Here, you’ll test your intellectual determination—and you’ll also seek your purpose. You’ll be equipped and encouraged to discover the unique place where your faith reaches out to meet the needs of the world.
Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation seeks, develops and supports excellence in Christian leadership for the Presbyterian Church (USA). For 130 years, OPSF has answered the call to support those who lead or will become leaders of our churches.
For those beginning their path, OPSF scholarships are available for persons pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at any of the ten Presbyterian seminaries.
For clergy presently serving congregations, lifelong learning programs and grants are available as well as coaching and spiritual direction scholarships.
The Foundation continues to focus on church leaders and create new programs to serve the current needs as they arise. Through learning and support, pastors are better equipped to serve their congregations and communities. Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation is here to offer that support.
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Is the work of ministry raising questions you never thought to ask in seminary? Are you craving a deep learning community where you can develop practices that better equip you to serve God’s people? Is there a revelation written on your heart that you need help from a community of care and learning to birth into reality? Are you looking for a program that provides space for renewal, growth, companionship among peers, and rich dialogue with faculty?
We invite you to imagine something new in the Doctor of Ministry program at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary! Our program does rolling admissions, and cohorts fill up quickly. We encourage you to apply soon to join one of our Doctor of Ministry adventures! Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
Cohorts Forming in 2021:
• Reformed Theology
• Creative Writing and Public Theology
• Eastern Christian
• Intergenerational Black Church Studies
Memphis Theological Seminary is dedicated to educating students so that they are well prepared to have a lively imagination for ministry, open to challenges, ready for difficult days, and committed to serving God through service in the church and the broader community.
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Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, founded in 1853, offers an inclusive and diverse learning community, welcoming students from wide ecumenical backgrounds while maintaining its long, historic commitment to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).
Louisville Seminary is committed to building bridges across the world’s religious, racial, and cultural divides. It is distinguished by its nationally recognized marriage and family therapy and field education programs, the scholarship and church service among its faculty, and a commitment to training individuals to participate in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ.
Master’s degree programs include Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion), and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Doctoral programs focus on Pastoral Care and Counseling, Black Church Studies, and Advanced Practice of Ministry. Master of Divinity students may pursue dual degrees in Social Work, Law, or Business Administration in partnership with the University of Louisville.
As an accredited graduate-level seminary, Louisville Seminary is also approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The United Methodist, the African Methodist Episcopal, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion, and the Christian Methodist Episcopal churches officially recognize Louisville Seminary as an appropriate school for their candidates to receive their theological education.
Louisville Seminary offers 100 percent tuition assistance to all master’s-level students. Additional scholarships and educational loans are available. Virtual campus visits and degree program open houses are available to prospective students throughout the year. For more information, call (800) 264-1839 or log onto www.lpts.edu.
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United Theological Seminary has a goal to prepare faithful and fruitful Christian leaders to make disciples of Jesus Christ. Whether you’re pursuing a Doctor of Ministry or master’s degree, United has options online and on campus to fit your busy schedule. Visit united.edu for more information.
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Saint Paul School of Theology educates tomorrow’s leaders by offering on-campus, online, and hybrid learning courses at a FLEXible schedule, Saint Paul School of Theology is a seminary committed to the formation of people for innovative, creative ministry. Grounded in academic study of faith and ministry, theology is practiced both in a traditional classroom and in a contextual curriculum featuring Ministry Collaboration Groups, Practicums, Spiritual Formation Retreats, and Seminars. Upon graduating, Saint Paul alumni have followed many paths to ministry and leadership within their community and around the world.
• Doctor of Ministry: Spiritual Leadership in Unsettled Times, offered in partnership with the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Gamaliel, and Metro Organization for Racial and Economic Equity, provides ministry leaders an opportunity to reflect more deeply on their theology, identity, and practice of ministry while developing a model of ministry which can be commended to other leaders.
• Master of Divinity prepares leaders for ministry in a church setting, chaplaincy, and other religious leadership forms. Graduates provide leadership in the renewal of the church, demonstrate a critical and practical understanding of the Bible, and obtain requirements necessary for ordination.
• Master of Arts in Christian Ministry is designed to provide theologically informed and competent lay and ordained leaders in specialized ministry for the local church and beyond.
• Master of Arts in Theological Studies is designed to be an academic concentration for persons intending to pursue further graduate studies such as a doctoral or Ph.D. program; or by laypersons desiring to strengthen the religious basis of their lives and vocations.
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At Emmanuel College, the learning environment mirrors the religious and spiritual diversity of the world its graduates will serve. Future leaders of the United Church of Canada, Muslim, Buddhist, and other faith traditions unite in a common purpose – to meet the world’s needs. Our graduates educate, administrate, make music, lead congregations, and provide spiritual care in secular and religious institutions across North America.
Get to know the artists who are sponsors of the 2021 Festival!
Chillon Leach is a professional self-employed artist from St. Paul, Minnesota and artist-in-residence at Immanuel Lutheran Church (ELCA) in St. Paul. She specializes in making hand painted church paraments, clergy stoles, and funeral palls for cremation urns and caskets. Leach also makes other artwork specific to faith communities’ needs. She creates acrylic paintings on canvas, mixed media artwork, and hand-drawn illustrations. Custom work is available.
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Cottonpatch Designs specializes in enhancing sacred spaces through textile art, including vestments, paraments, and banners. Jenna Bruns is the artist/owner and works with all denominations, such as Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist, Disciples of Christ, and Roman Catholic, to design and create unique pieces for specific worship communities. For custom pieces, Jenna starts with pencil and color artwork, receiving input from the client at every step. Most pieces are crafted using 100% high-quality cotton, machine appliqued, and quilted. In addition to cotton, she also works with dupioni silk, brocades, and linen. Jenna’s craftsmanship is superb and attention to detail is evident in every piece she creates. While custom work is Jenna’s forte, she also designs and creates stoles and banners that are readily available for purchase. These pre-designed pieces can be purchased through the Cottonpatch Designs website.
“My artwork is intended to enhance the beauty of the worship space (being created specifically for that space) and to provide a visual message for the worship experience. Broadly stated, the design elements and colors offer a visual interpretation of God’s love for all of us, although every individual connects with my art in their own way; through their own faith experiences.”
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Spirit of Creation: Pottery for the work of the Church
As a potter and a pastor, I make pottery for the work of the Church. All pottery is hand made by me in my studio in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I create elegant solutions for offering communion, anointing and other rituals of the Church with these beautiful and practical liturgical ceramics. As a pastor, I know the desire to be with those we serve in a deep and meaningful communion of souls. I’m equally aware of the practical concerns that go with sharing Communion elements while juggling a Bible, cup, bread, and someone’s shaking hand. I am able to craft vessels that are beautiful, practical, and meaningful so that you can focus on serving the persons you visit. Combined with handy tote bags that have washable bottoms, serving cloths with cleanable backs, and all the tools that are needed for your visit, the pottery sets will serve you well for decades. The designs are inspired by signs of God’s power, love, and beauty in the natural world and human hearts: The cross, the blue waters of cleansing and nourishment, living symbols such as the woodland trillium flower, harmony and balance.
Many styles of Communion sets, anointing sets, finger labyrinths, prayer jars, visit cards, and symbolic necklaces round out my offerings. You bring symbols of the faith that can be seen and held to those you serve. Let Spirit of Creation help you in your work by providing the tools you need. Visit my website to see all of my offerings!
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Steeplebush Stoles is the artistic collaboration of two long-time quilters and UCC “Church Ladies”. After years of seeing clergy wearing lackluster stoles, we decided to merge our quilting art with stole design. Thus began Steeplebush Stoles. Our love of quilting and fabric art shines through on every stole. Bright colors, intricate patterns, and precision “craft womanship” are evident in every piece we create. We make unique stoles geared to every color of a liturgical season. Most know the colors associated with the seasons but consider these additional options: orange to protest against gun violence, yellow to celebrate God’s light in the world, rainbow to celebrate we are open to all.
Steeplebush Stoles strives to give you the most for your dollar and create stoles which can be reversed. For example, a stole can have a rainbow on one side and purple or green on the other. It’s our way of saying thanks for the work you do. While you are dreaming of your new stole, we also offer: stoles for clergy class graduations, team stoles that are for specialty staff or camp clergy, coordinating co-pastor stoles, and reimagining a stole from a worn but still beloved stole. In addition, we offer altar cloths and banners for your church space. Our Stole-N-Go stoles are much smaller and perfect for purse or backpack so you are ready for hospital or home visits or a protest march. They come with a “Keep Clean” carry pouch.
We would love to help you create your dream stole. Leave it to Steeplebush Stoles.
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Interwoven: textiles for spirit and space
Anne Anderson is a textile artist whose work is focused on the design and creation of paraments, vestments, stoles, and banners that are filled with spirit, energy, and color. In 2006, Anne founded a company, Interwoven: textiles for spirit and space, and has extensive experience working with faith communities, pastors, and individuals. Interwoven’s beautifully crafted textiles bring a vibrant focus to the flow of worship and create a rich, visual environment in both traditional and contemporary settings.
Interwoven invites you to partner and explore the possibilities as we move through the seasons of color.
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