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By Lauren Grubaugh Thomas
What does it look like to be present and open to our God’s calling, even when the world around us continues to be overwhelmingly turbulent? In Here Am I, Lauren Grubaugh Thomas shares a deeply personal reflection on expectant motherhood, hope and joy this Advent season.
By Beth Wyndham
What does it mean to be centered in joy? Are you searching for a way to engage your church leadership in reflection on their joy and gratitude as a community? In her vlog, A Pandemic Church Plant Inspires Joy, Beth Wyndham invites us to consider where the Holy Spirit may be calling our faith communities to seek joy.
By Philip DeVaul and Max Firesheets
When Max Firesheets decided to change their name, the people of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati, Ohio, came together in solidarity and faithfulness. In the video Bold, Magnificent and True, Max Firesheets, in conversation with Philip DeVaul, describes their journey from uncertainty to joy.
By Charis Bhagianathan
In this issue, our authors remind us that even when we are weary, we only have to ask to receive joy and our God’s abundant, endless love – often in surprising ways.
By Sandra Montes
As we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15 because several Latin-American countries celebrate fiestas patrias – national holidays celebrating their independence) we want to introduce some of the work being done by líderes around the church.
By Ellis Montes
Encuentro que tocar música histórica es liberador. Quizás esto parezca un poco extraño, ya que a menudo implica considerable investigación y aprendizaje (o reaprendizaje) tocar música compuesta para formas más antiguas de nuestros instrumentos modernos.
By Bernadette Williams
Music has the power to heal pain, lift us from deep sorrow and carry us to a place where there is comfort and joy. In Music Brings Hope and Healing, Bernadette Williams shares experiences that reveal how music is one our greatest gifts from God.
By Steven Paulikas
A sound bath is a meditative practice that harnesses the healing potential of sound using both instruments and vocals. In Evensong Meets Healing Sound, Steven Paulikas describes how a unique and creative partnership has become a means for inviting strangers and friends into the love of Christ at his church.
By Ronald Braman
In A Musician’s Journey, Ronald Braman, charts his life from a spiritual teen who loved music to Director of Music at Good Shephard Episcopal Church in the Shoshone-Bannock Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southeastern Idaho, describing how music will never be “high” or “low” and how all musical traditions can enrich worship.
By Ellis Montes
In Enjoying Music Again, Ellis Montes describes the concept of HIP, or historically informed performance, and how it is much more interpretative and freeing than one might imagine. In his piece, Ellis shares HIP techniques that allow classically trained musicians to explore new ways of bringing music to life.