06-25-2012Professor of Religious Studies Dr. Terry Lindvall, also the C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair in Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan, has been awarded a grant funded by The Louisville Institute, a Lilly Endowment-funded program based at Louisville Seminary. The grant entitled Cinematic Worship: Representations of Prayers and Hymns in Hollywood Cinema aims at integrating pastoral ministry with representational media studies. It assumes that congregations are as much movie audiences as they are worshipping communities, and as such, find that a blurring of representations reflects their perspectives on how they pray and how they sing in worship. The importance of this project rests in the idea that images have consequences, that the way a behavior or person is portrayed alters its identity in incremental ways.