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Music and Mission: Toward a Theology and Practice of Global Song

Music and Mission Book CoverThe centrality of song to Christian life and mission is the subject of this collection of essays. Music & Mission: Toward a Theology and Practice of Global Song was edited by the Rev. Dr. ST Kimbrough, Jr., retired executive of the Global Praise program.

The 14 essays put special emphasis on the strong role of music found in the Methodist heritage, but they also explore song in Scripture and in the broad Christian experience. The easy-to-read resource is designed in part to help congregations take advantage of the wealth of song available in a global church.

"Music comes from the innermost soul of a people," Kimbrough writes. The diversity of people within the church, he continues, makes an awareness of "global song" essential today; music from around the world "provides the means, the substance, by which Christians of diverse cultural expressions may relate to one another."

Contributors to the new book come from Argentina, the Dominican Republic, England, Scotland, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. They include Dr. Carlton R. Young, professor of music emeritus at Emory University and editor of The United Methodist Hymnal (1989), and the Rev. Dr. George Mulrain, president the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas.

An excerpt from this book is online:
Music and Mission, Table of Contents and Chapter One (PDF, 12 pp, 94K).

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