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The Privilege of Only Singing ‘Our’ Song

It is most unlikely that Reginald Heber, vicar of the village church of Hodnet, meant to be hostile to or dismissive of the peoples of the world when he penned a hymn urging the church to its missionary task. Heber

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The Hymnal From Below: A Justice Reading of Glory to God

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[ezcol_1third] Advent I: HOPE for Gender Justice Advent II: LOVE in the Context of Multiculturalism Advent III: JOY at Being Included Advent IV: PEACE on Earth, Goodwill to All [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_2third_end][/ezcol_2third_end] “There remains an experience of incomparable value. We have for once learned to see the great events of world


I Wonder if We Mean it This Year

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A few weeks ago, a friend of mine was telling me about the first time her partner accompanied her to the PC(USA) General Assembly. She told me that they were there to be a witness to the Church, to join their voices with many others in calling for the full


The Power of a Good Mashup

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Question: “Why should European-American Presbyterians in the United States include world music in our worship?”  I love a good mashup; I suspect we all do. There is something powerful about the collision of two different songs, a mess of lyrics and melodies that seem to work together while simultaneously offering


Divine Particularity

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Along with the invitation to write this article about gender justice in the new PC(USA) hymnal, Glory to God, I received a list of relevant hymns. My first reaction was, “Wow, that is a whole lot of hymns with the word ‘woman’ in the title.” It felt awkward, a bit


Gendered Language and the Imago Dei

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When I was in fifth grade, my mom became the director of Christian Education at my home church. Consequently, before I learned to drive, I spent many hours at church waiting until it was time to go home. As it was before the age of smart phones – and because