in Vestry Papers and filtered by Evangelism, Communications, Worship
By Yuri Rodriguez
En medio de tiempos tan desorientadores, estuvo la poderosa música de Lin Manuel Miranda y su historia reimaginada de los padres fundadores luchando por la libertad para todos (realmente para todos), lo que nos trajo una brisa refrescante, un sentido de unión y alivio de la fatiga del zoom y de la incertidumbre. Éste es solo uno de los muchos ejemplos de cómo la música y los músicos que ejecutaron, interpretaron, grabaron y compartieron sus dones con el mundo se contaban entre los grandes héroes de la pandemia.
By Jemonde Taylor
The musical traditions in Ethiopia, England and the African American experience in the United States highlight the importance of droning or humming to connect the faithful to God. In O Come, Let Us Hum to the Lord, Jemonde Taylor explains the significance of the tradition, shares beautiful examples of music and reveals how humming can be a healing and deeply spiritual experience.
By Jeannine Otis
Have we considered how welcoming our music ministry is? In Music That Builds Bridges, Jeannine Otis describes why it is so important to prioritize inclusive music – it enlivens worship, enhances our joy and builds bridges to strengthen our communities.
By Sandra Montes
What does it mean to continually examine and reimagine church music and liturgy? In Music and Change: A Conversation with Dent Davidson, Sandra Montes talks with Dent Davidson, a professional lay music minister for over 45 years, who discusses his development as a musician and encourages us to seek and create new ways to express ourselves in our liturgy and music.
By Yuri Rodriguez
COVID-19 provided music, like many other art forms, with an opportunity to rethink, reimagine and refocus. In Decolonizing Church Music, Yuri Rodriguez highlights different ways to think about diverse music traditions and to refocus music and worship as less an aesthetic priority and more a missional one.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue, we bring you ideas on how to think about music ministry in new ways, open up to exploring different music traditions and approach music ministry with a renewed sense of curiosity and joy.
By Uriel Lopez
En un mundo cambiante, la Iglesia Misionera necesita liderazgo y confianza.
By Uriel Lopez
In a changing world, the Missionary Church needs leadership and trust. The Rev. Uriel Lopez describes in A Two-in-One Ministry Grows in Houston how forming San Romeo at St. Christopher’s showed him that the leadership of the Spirit of Christ must be present in planting a new Christian congregation.
By Susan Elliott
How much has the pandemic altered how you worship and study and pray together? Possibly a whole lot. In Called To A New Land Susan Elliott interviews Julie Lytle who explains how being forced to rethink communications and community is a great and unexpected gift.
By Raul Deigo Veizaga
Have you experienced a Posada? In Las Posadas and the Journey to Bethlehem, Raul Deigo Veizaga explains the cultural significance of this celebration for the Hispanic community, the impact of joyful community gatherings and their unique experience of Christmas.