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Tag Archives: music

Transformation and the True Self: Weekly Summary

Your True Self is a tiny flame of this Universal Reality that is Love itself, God’s very self. Continue Reading Transformation and the True Self: Weekly Summary

The Artistry of the Blues

Finding God in the Arts The Artistry of the Blues Tuesday, August 17, 2021 My friend Barbara Holmes describes the creation of blues music as an act of radical critique that can bring its listeners into a contemplative and holy space, far closer to God than we might be otherwise: Some sacred spaces bear none… Continue Reading The Artistry of the Blues

African American Spirituality and Song: Weekly Summary

African American Spirituality and Song Saturday, February 13, 2021 Week Six Summary and Practice Sunday, February 7—Friday, February 12, 2021 Sunday The legacy of the spirituals is worth our continued attention now, not only as “museum music” . . . but also as a broad-ranging cultural tradition that remains relevant to pressing present-day social realities.… Continue Reading African American Spirituality and Song: Weekly Summary

Awe and Joy

African American Spirituality and Song Awe and Joy Friday, February 12, 2021 The spiritual journey is a constant interplay between moments of awe followed by a general process of surrender to that moment. We must first allow ourselves to be captured by the goodness, truth, or beauty of something beyond and outside ourselves. Then we… Continue Reading Awe and Joy

A Balm in Gilead

African American Spirituality and Song A Balm in Gilead Thursday, February 11, 2021 The Hebrew prophets deeply loved their tradition and profoundly criticized it at the same time. Such truthful love is a very rare art form and a hallmark of prophetic identity. The prophet Jeremiah lived in a time of deep grief and loss.… Continue Reading A Balm in Gilead

I’m On My Way

African American Spirituality and Song I’m On My Way Wednesday, February 10, 2021 In prayer we trust / By hope we live / On truth we stand / From our heart we give / Love. —Sweet Honey in the Rock Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon founded the iconic African American a cappella group, Sweet Honey in… Continue Reading I’m On My Way

Contemplative Song

African American Spirituality and Song Contemplative Song Tuesday, February 9, 2021 The things that help us discover and return to a place of integrated knowing are both obvious and not obvious at all. Silence is one of them, and probably the one I speak of most often. Yet music and art create valuable channels to… Continue Reading Contemplative Song

Black Song Is Sacred Song

African American Spirituality and Song Black Song Is Sacred Song Monday, February 8, 2021 Thea Bowman (1937–1990), a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, was a powerful communicator, deeply passionate about Jesus, the Catholic Church, and her African American heritage. I begin today with her words on the history and significance of what she celebrates as… Continue Reading Black Song Is Sacred Song

Christ Prays in Us and through Us

African American Spirituality and Song Christ Prays in Us and through Us Sunday, February 7, 2021 Although most Sunday church services don’t foster it, the essential religious experience is that we are being “known through” more than knowing anything by ourselves. An authentic encounter with God will feel like true knowing, not just in our… Continue Reading Christ Prays in Us and through Us

The Transforming Power of Love: Weekly Summary

The Transforming Power of Love Saturday, November 14, 2020 Summary: Sunday, November 8—Friday, November 13, 2020 We have strayed so far from love; and yet, love is the essence of who we are, and how we are called to treat one another. (Sunday) Love even for enemies is the key to the solution of the… Continue Reading The Transforming Power of Love: Weekly Summary

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