Music and religion

Recruting and Training an Advisory Board for a Local Music Academy

Author
Sean-David J McGoran
Abstract
Leaders must intentionally pursue community and the help of others in mission to avoid falling into the path of individualism. This project addresses the need to provide leadership through an advisory board for guilding the mission of a missional music academy. The project flows out of three theological rationales: 1. Jesus assembled a team of leaders and trained them for pioneer mission work, 2. an active love for people requires intentional commitment of teams and efforts to meet their needs, and 3 voluntary submissions is the way of the Spirit and should be the way of every team.

How can the tradition of black gospel music continue to provide meaning and hope in the African American community?

Author
Sheila Robinson
Abstract
The purpose of the dissertation seeks answers to the question, How Can the Tradition of Black Gospel Music Continue to Provide Meaning and Hope to the African American Community? The scope of study examined formations of African American sacred/religious music and influences of African melody/song. The methodologies were: (1) source materials, texts, journals, articles, other resources, (2) interviews, (3) observing/participating in various Black church worship practices, (4) a 30-year radio broadcasting career in Black gospel music. The conclusion revealed a generational divide between traditional and contemporary Black gospel music preferences, prompting the Curriculum of Dialogue project as a potential resolve.

Capturing cultural counsel: biblical change and the power of popular music

Author
David A Covington
Abstract
This project explores the scriptural basis for understanding and analyzing how affections, particularly those stirred by popular music, influence behavior. This project also reports on a counseling practicum, first assessing the popular music and other "counselors" already speaking to the counselee, then selecting, or writing and performing, suitable songs for the counselee, as part of a whole counseling process, toward hope, prayer, repentance and faith, and change. Includes recorded examples. Thesis requires further study.

Redemption songs: listening for the voice of God in the music of our time

Author
Richard M Simpson
Abstract
This project explores the music of various contemporary artists in an effort to uncover "modes of speech that are dramatic, artistic, and capable of inviting" the people of St. Francis Church to make more meaningful connections between gospel and culture. Gathering over the course of three months with six members of the parish, we shared our music, listening for echoes of the gospel. What emerged for us were new insights into not only the music, but also the mystery of faith we proclaim each week.

Theological edification of laity through congregational singing in the Protestant Reformed Church

Author
Mark R Griggs
Abstract
Many Presbyterian ministers claim that music has a profound impact on theological formation among laity, and that laity do not pay attention to the words they are singing and do not comprehend why a hymn has been chosen on a given Sunday. This dissertation proposes that pastors conscientiously plan and present corporate music accessing insights from educational theory. Pastors in three churches of different sizes and demographics in the San Francisco Presbytery were interviewed. Hundreds of pastors and educators from Canada and the United States were interviewed in groups. Literature was reviewed in the fields of the theology of music; educational theory; music the Reformed tradition, and current socio-cultural trends. Finding ways to ease the fear of change can help people be more receptive to learning. Provide information in a variety of ways. Involve people in the interpretive process. Integrate the programs of the church, namely worship, Christian education, and music leadership.

"EvangelEyes: being, doing and telling good news"

Author
Jim Gill
Abstract
"When we view the world through EvangelEyes, we won't lose sight of our task, 'cause when we view the world through EvangelEyes, nothing is too much to ask." Through a video of a concert of original folk, country, bluegrass, blues, and gospel music accompanied by theological reflection, this project presents a view of the world that seeks to give its readers, hearers, and viewers "EvangelEyes" to see themselves being, doing and telling good news. This integrative project has grown out of a conviction that a major impediment to active participation in evangelization is a failure to understand the Christian's role in participation with God in the task of evangelization. This lack of understanding, coupled with human sinfulness, has led to a lack of ownership and a lack of participation in that task. However we may feel, whatever we may think or believe, many of us act as if evangelization were something "someone else" should do. There are many resources that consider "how to" evangelize. This one tells "why to" in order to inspire "us to".
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