music and the culture of worship

How do we change our worship culture to be more inclusive, more engaging, more compelling? Through music, of course! Here are a couple of quotes that challenge us to break out of the rut we can find ourselves in.

Rick Warren (Saddleback Church): “If you’re serious about changing culture, start with music. Its power is unequalled. That’s why I mentor musicians.”

Via Jolinda Stephens: “This reminds me of some wisdom from Dr. Thandeka when she was theme speaker at a UU summer camp. A minister asked her, pushed her to answer, really, what changes she would make in the typical UU worship service.

She said she would turn over the beginning of the worship service to the director/minister of music. It would be her/his responsibility to gauge the mood(s) of the congregation as they entered the sanctuary and lead them in singing in the spirit of that mood, gradually moving the music, including lots of congregational singing, into the spirit needed for meaningful worship as a community.

The music should continue, she said, until that state was reached, not until the hands of the clock reached a prearranged point.”

Rick Warren
Dr. Thandeka

About liberalreligiongetsloud

Contemporary Music and Worship Director (retired), First Unitarian, Albuquerque NM
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