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I am wondering what music resources people have found that express a Progressive Christian theology? Many of the old standards use metaphores that no longer are life giving. The contemporary "Praise" music is just as problematic. In my community, Taize and some hymns by folks like Ruth Duck and Brian Wren work, but I am interested in broadening our range of options. Please share: Composers Hymn collections Songs for Congregational Singing or any other thoughts related to finding music that fits with the 8 points of Progressive Christianity. Who knows, maybe we need to commission some composers to write some new songs! Thank you
New to PC and, as I said in my intro post, still figuring out what I'm doing. But my path to this point had a lot to do with practices, so I want to ask people about their practices. I'm asking here about, I guess "private practice," what you do on your own or by your own direction, rather than what you do in a formalized group setting, for those who attend a church or whatever. Do you pray? If so, what does that mean to you? Why do you do it? How does it sound? Do you do something you call "worship"? Do you think of yourself as worshiping God? If so, how is that expressed? What does it mean to you?
Jim Youngman posted this link for Daniel Nahmod's music. Daniel has several videos on youtube which I downloaded for a quiet time playlist. While listening to "One Power" I had a question. While the song is a statement of belief or what makes sense to me, as a song to worship with or meditate on it seems to be problematic when lyrics say Can one worship using vocabularies from several traditions at the same time? Using Proper Nouns seems different than regular nouns. I think the following might be less problematic. This or a single image in the song "I want to be like water" seems to work better. In an interview Huston Smith, author of "The World's Religions, said that it upset him to go to his church and hear talk about the Buddha in worship. He was a Christian. I am making a distinction between songs on which to meditate and songs which express one's understanding of religious pluralism. I know that whatever works for me will be the first answer. That's not my question. What I am interested in is whether one's view of religious pluralism creates the possibilities of worship or meditation which uses the vocabularies of different traditions in a single time of worship? What do you think? Dutch