United Adoration Blog
Art, encouragement and stories from Creative Communites around the world
A Global Network of Friends By Ryan MaikeI felt honored and out of place, and at the same time I felt like I was meant to be there. We were gathering united in Jerusalem for one reason: proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. Almost 2,000 delegates from 50 different...
“The Spirit Came” is really the product of how God has helped us forge friendships and partnerships across languages, nationalities, and song styles
Song writers often have a lot of anxiety when it comes to writing songs, especially for the church. We get in a mentality that it’s imperative to write the next big song, or else, somehow, our time spent in worship and creativity was not “worth” it.
My approach to writing church music comes from the ground up rather than the top down, from the byway instead of the highway. I offer these best songwriting practices as one who loves the holy church, who believes in the need for new songs, and who for twenty years has been committed to the vocation of writing songs for the church.
This was my first songwriting retreat. I had come with an open mind and heart to see what I might learn and develop with my own songwriting.
Amidst the bustle of synod preparation, the air was sweet with the sounds of new songs. It seemed the church hallways carried a different melodic tune every time the draft changed directions. I was standing, guitar in hand, looking out into the courtyard where the...
United, Not Uniform A UA Retreat Story by Arend Jessurun On a weekend in January, I had the privilege to attend my first United Adoration songwriting retreat in Mountain View, CA, nestled in Silicon Valley. I haven’t had a worship experience quite like this before, in...
She had heard about a songwriting retreat taking place at a local church in Nairobi. It had been a long time since she had attempted to write anything at all, let along a worship song.
In August 2017, over 70 people from five nations gathered at All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi, Kenya for a three day UA songwriting retreat.