Worship Resources: Resources for worship that welcomes all.

Shaping Sanctuary

Reconciling Congregation Program, 2000 (format: free-download)

Shaping Sanctuary is full of worship resources: Song, Ritual, Liturgy, Reflection, Sacrament. Published in 2000 by the Reconciling Congregation Program (of which the Alliance is a part), it may be showing its age, and yet, much is also timeless, and much can be food for reflection upon how to shape sanctuary in today’s church.

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Songs for the Holy Other

Songs for the Holy Other Working Group, 2019 (format: free-download)

Songs for the Holy Other contains 45 hymns that will enrich your welcoming affirming worship.

From the preface:

In our society and in our churches, we continue to build walls marking “out” and “in”. We continue to mark boundaries of “us” and “them”, of “normal” and “other”. Songs for the Holy Other aims to provide congregations working to dismantle these walls with a toolbox of hymns by and for those who identify as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, nonbinary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, aromantic, two-spirit, and other sexual/gender minority (LGBTQIA2S+) community and their allies. For many members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, assimilation is not an option; we continue to be othered for our identities, relationship-styles, dis/abilities, race, economic status, and more. The title, Songs for the Holy Other, is a self-conscious claiming of otherness as holy and beloved of God. We who have been labeled as “wholly other” are claiming our holiness, and reclaiming our otherness as a prophetic witness to the church.

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