Ecumenical Protocols for In Person Worship

An ecumenical and interdisciplinary consultation

Mission of the project

To conduct a consultation of public health experts, pastors, theologians, liturgical scholars, and ecclesial leaders to develop medically sound and theologically informed recommendations for in person worship, sacramental practice, and fellowship in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic.

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An Update on Congregational Singing from The Hymn Society (Brian Hehn, Center for Congregational Song) September 2, 2020

Coming Soon:
Racial Justice and Worship in a Pandemic
Planning during the Pandemic

How We Got Here...


Preliminary briefs from participants on a variety of topics

Webinar 1 Briefs

Webinar 2 Briefs

Webinar 3 Briefs

Webinar 1: Safe entry, presence, and exit

Seeking convergence across disciplines and denominations on how to make entry, seating, and departure from indoor worship spaces both Christian and safe.

View on Facebook Live
May 12, 10 am-1:30 ET

Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News

Webinar 2: Safe Rites

Seeking convergence or descriptions of difference on when and how rites involving personal contact may be handled safely and in theologically sound ways: sacraments, healing, funerals, weddings, and the like

View on Facebook Live
May 19, 10 am-1:30 ET


Webinar 3: Safe Practices

Seeking convergence on practices typical of Christian worship, such as singing, unison prayers or confessions, and care for children and infants in or alongside worship.

View on Facebook Live
May 26, 10 am-1:30 ET

Webinar 4: Finalizing Our Primary Document

Consultation conveners have collated the briefs into a single draft. Now it's time to get feedback on how well this is received across our diverse consultation partners. Our goal is publication of a finalized document, taking informed by this feedback, by June 8.

View on Facebook Live
June 2, 10 am-11:30 am ET

External Resource:
Prayer During a Pandemic

A prayer we used in our second-level organizing meeting for the Spanish Language Resources project.


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