Christine PohlAlthough contemporary followers of Jesus often say that we long for richer experiences of Christian community, we often struggle with the practices that build up and tear apart our common life.  For a number of reasons, we have failed to cultivate the skills and practices that make community life good and sustainable. The June 2016 IWS Seminar by Dr. Christine Pohl, Cultivating Community and Worship: Practices that Define and Sustain Us, explored four practices that are at the heart of community living and Christian worship (gratitude, fidelity, truthfulness and hospitality), considered the characteristics of contemporary culture that undermine them, and explored ways in which we can strengthen these practices for worship and community.

Here are the links to video and audio files from this seminar.

Christine Pohl gave this response following her experience on campus in June 2016:

Seminar 2016My recent time with the IWS Worship Seminar was delightful and enriching. The community fostered within the learning environment, worship times, and shared meals was exceptional. Students and faculty were deeply engaged and represented a significant array of interests and backgrounds. IWS’s practice of hospitality was life-giving and contagious—a wonderful and innovative model for theological education.

Additional IWS media is available here.


About the author

Alumni Director, Practicum Professor, and DWS graduate.