The second important theme was the role of religion and spirituality in the history of rock and roll, especially as represented by Motown records. I would have failed as a teacher of music and religion in the city of Detroit had I not organized a field trip to the Motown Museum, the home of the original Studio A, created by Barry Gordy. The young African-Americans who became the early stars of Motown came largely from an inner-city evangelical Protestant community.
The use of the tambourine, which plays a prominent role on several Motown hits, was borrowed from black church choirs. Motown also played an important role by recording numerous African-American religious and political leaders and releasing their speeches for the public. Finally, one task of this course was to help students reflect on how their musical tastes can be integrated with their spiritual practices and religious beliefs. These tensions result in plenty of frustration for the young Muslim-Americans, many of whom were the same age as my students, and the anger and aggression expressed in punk served as the perfect medium for them.
Few if any of my students had to face the struggles of the young Muslim punk rockers portrayed in the film, but the dynamic of wrestling with the oft-competing messages of popular culture and traditional religious dogma is one they found familiar. One of the persistent challenges of the course was in deciding how much historical and theological material to introduce.
And I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of analysis each of them offered about the music they loved—and the theology they found within it. Roberts Engaging Culture. Gilmour Bloomsbury Academic. Begbie and Robert Johnston Engaging Culture.
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Rock and Theology blog archives: www. This article also appeared in print, under the headline "Sing, Rap, Praise," in the February 2, issue. Your source for jobs, books, retreats, and much more. Music February 2, issue. David E. Do they care? Hillsong originally promoted its songs throughout the AOG at the time , by using only Hillsong songs in the State and then National Conferences of the movement.
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Church leaders were forced not unwillingly to learn the songs, and inevitably took many of them back to their congregations. Is this an appropriate use of a position of influence? When we see such a list, it has been vetted by hundreds if not thousands of local churches. Who are the vetting authorities? Worship Leaders? What is the vetting process? How rigorous is that process? Do smaller churches do these songs because a large church down the road is doing them?
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Or because the church s denomination or movement are all using these songs? To what degree do individuals engage with these songs simply because they are the songs they are regularly exposed to from the platform? Western Christians create their own meaning from the poetic nature of lyrics. You all e out upo the ate Oceans Where Feet My Fail , has a Scriptural inference, but allows for a very personal interpretation.
Is it si pl that I like the usi? The po e of ea o s should ot e underestimated Thornton a, —7, — Listening to Hillsong United, might be an attempt to distance oneself from the previous ge e atio s Hillso g o ship. Ho e e , hopefull it is e ide t that oth sides of the affective space in which Christians experience, consume, and perform CCS are complexly influential, resisted, reinforced, and negotiated. Moreover, Marsh and Roberts ide tif fou do i a t the es i people s use of popula music, including; transcendence, embodiment, connectedness, and ritual Ibid.
In summary, my hope is that you have seen this genre in a new light, or in at least a nuanced light. And as such, the idea of integrating theology and contemporary worship is not a simple two-part dialectic. Rather, Christian s experience of contemporary musical worship resides in an affective space that deserves careful ongoing reflection and examination. Bibliography Evans, Mark. London: Equinox Publishing Limited. Marsh, Clive, and Vaughan S. Baker Books. Tho to , Da iel. Australasian Pentecostal Studies 17 0.
May Related Papers. Taking steps on our beautiful planet can bring real happiness. Mindfulness is a Catholic Thing. Easter Tuesday, I received an email from Ascension Press about a podcast on the subject. Although promoted as a non-spiritual practice used as a means of vanquishing stress and anxiety, for the most part, it is practiced through one of several forms of meditation such as Breathing Space Meditation, Body Scan Meditation, and Expanding Awareness Meditation.
Her latest book, A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, warns of the dangers of the latest Eastern meditation fad and offers Catholics a deeper, holier path rooted in the wisdom of the saints and doctors of the Church. In reality, it is a concept borrowed from eastern religious practices.
Mindfulness in an Age of Complexity. One of the top free Bible studies available online. Connecting with God is not the goal of any of these types of meditations. It is problematic for Catholics for a variety of reasons. Its a creative, fun way to bring Mindfulness to life in the classroom. Yet, December often finds us overwhelmed by tasks that compete with mindfulness. It can be used as a good, practical introduction to Mindfulness. A Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, pg.
Mindfulness in the Catholic sense is a way of trusting God more practically in everyday life. We can marvel at what happens within ourselves and the world outside of us. It even includes meditation practices to support you along the way! One great way to practice Catholic mindfulness is to pray more. Gregory Bottaro of the Catholic Psych Institute joins me today to talk about Catholic Mindfulness and a new introduction course that he has available at CatholicMindfulness.
Guided tour of 14th-century tower and 18th-century walled garden. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home. Quiet Time. Mindfulness is the act of focusing on being in the present, such as focusing completely on drinking a hot cup of tea, taking in its scent, warmth, and taste and removing overpowering emotions from the mind. Langer Eds How about learning how to slow down and practice mindfulness and prayer?
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