Heart of IWS: Esther Chuang

Esther Chuang shares about what led her to IWS and the journey she has taken as a D.W.S. student in this short video testimony.
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“We Need a Healer”

Rev. Mike Waddey, a D.W.S. student, preaches on the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world. The sermon comes from the closing Healing Eucharist, the DWS 704P Practicum during the January 2018 session.
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Heart of IWS: Don Frazure

How has God spoken to D.W.S. student Don Frazure through IWS? How has Don’s ministry and his own spiritual walk been enriched by his time here? Watch his 78-second testimony to find out! IWS is an innovative and respected institution of higher learning, but to our alumni, students, and faculty, IWS is a loving place...
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2018 Scholarship Fund Campaign

More new students are accepted each year who need the IWS Scholarship Fund and the continued generosity of donors like you.
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January 2018 Presidential Address: The Role of Beauty in Worship

“The most effective attainment of theological application comes through an enthusiastic embrace of objective beauty, because that is also who God is, the manifestation of infinite beauty.” Dr. Jim Hart addresses the IWS community on the subject of beauty in worship, guided by the eminent theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar.
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January 2018 Scripture Presentation

Here are the scripture presentations for the January 2018 chapel sessions, with the exception of the very first (Thursday, January 4) which we do not have a recording of. They feature tableau, Reader’s Theatre, liturgical dance, and other elements not to enhance the scriptures but rather to help them by the Holy Spirit come to...
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Chapel Series June 2012

Create Dangerously [January 2018 Chapel Series]

Vice President for Spiritual Life Dr. Darrell Harris and Associate Chaplains Dr. Nancy Nethercott and Dr. Walter Brown explored various concepts relating to creation and creativity in worship during their chapel addresses at the January 2018 on-campus intensive session. You can find additional video resources from this session—including music and scripture presentations—on our YouTube channel....
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Donna Hawk-Reinhard: The Holy Name of Jesus [January 2018 Opening Convocation]

Dr. Donna Hawk-Reinhard, one of two professors teaching the DWS 704 course on the Sacred Actions and Ministry of Worship, preached on the Holy Name of Jesus at the January 2018 Opening Convocation.
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IWS Bibliography January 2018

The IWS Bibliography has been updated for the January 2018 on-campus intensive, thanks to the hard work of IWS Bibliographer Dr. Mark Torgerson. All recent additions to the bibliography are identified just after the table of contents. The titles mentioned there will also be integrated into the bibliography under the appropriate heading. Those familiar with...
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Duccio de Buoninsegna, The Nativity with the Prophets Isaiah and Ezekiel

Christmas 2017 Message from the President

Greetings, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. —John 1:14 NIV “No one would have expected that the One whose fingers could stop the turning of Arcturus would be...
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Heart of IWS: Valerie Grissom

DWS student Valerie Grissom says that because of what she has learned to implement from her studies at IWS, her congregation is realizing worship is not just one element in a service, “but everything they give becomes worship because they’re part of the divine narrative.”
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Constance Cherry’s “The Special Service Worship Architect” Released in Korean

IWS founding faculty member Dr. Constance Cherry's book "The Special Service Worship Architect: Blueprints for Weddings, Funerals, Baptisms, Holy Communion, and Other Occasions" has just been released in Korean.
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The 2017 Annual Report

Please take a moment to read in this Annual Report how IWS students, alumni, faculty, staff, and trustees are having an impact across the globe. The ongoing fulfillment of our mission is truly a team effort, a team that includes each of you.
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Dr. Melva Costen honored as Trustee Emerita

Dr. Melva Wilson Costen, long-time board member of the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies (IWS), was awarded the status of Trustee Emerita on Sunday, October 22. The status was bestowed by action of the Board of Trustees and conferred on Dr. Costen by Board Chair, Dr. John Lindsell, with IWS President Dr. James...
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IWS Website 2017 Refresh

I have had a blog entry in my drafts folder ever since the previous IWS website redesign… which went live in January 2012. I never finished it. Except for some tweaks here and there, the IWS website has not had a major redesign since then. That initiative took approximately a year to implement. Earlier this...
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