As Phyllis Tickle wrote, “It is always the music that carries the message of spiritual and social transformation most powerfully.”
Yet it seems like a lot of praise and worship lyrics don’t quite work for theologically progressive congregations, which leads us to ask:
- What is progressive Christian worship music?
- Why do we need it?
- Where can we find it?
Come sing, listen, and learn about progressive theology, inclusive language, and the messages of the songs we sing in the context of worship.
This workshop is perfect for clergy, church musicians, aspiring progressive Christian songwriters, those who help design worship services, and anyone who is passionate about the role of community song in spiritual formation.
Music is such a part of the spiritual and human experience. That’s why we are thrilled that the Convergence Music Project, along with so many talented musicians and worship artists, are coming together to create this experience. Join Music Revolution coordinator Bryan Sirchio, Mark Miller and more as we sing, listen, and learn about progressive theology, inclusive language, and the messages of the songs we sing in the context of worship!
The Convergence Music Project (CMP) is a new online source of music for worship that has been theologically curated so that all the songs on the site reflect a sensitivity to inclusive language and progressive theology.
Curated by Bryan Sirchio and Mark Miller
Bryan Sirchio is an ordained minister who joined forces with well known author Brian McLaren and Rev. Cameron Trimble of the Center for Progressive Renewal in Atlanta to form a new worship music company called The Convergence Music Project (CMP). In 2012, Bryan published a book called The 6 Marks of Progressive Christian Worship Music ,which articulates the theological parameters for a new genre of worship music with progressive lyrics and theology. As of May, 2016, Bryan has released 14 CDs, 4 study guides, and 4 songbooks in all. Bryan Sirchio has also traveled extensively since 1987 offering concerts, leading worship services and retreats, and offering keynote addresses at various regional and national conferences. Bryan has also worked extensively with grass roots organizations in Haiti since 1991. He’s a founding member and leader of an organization called Haiti Allies www.haitiallies.org, that supports education, meal programs, and job creation in Haiti. sirchio.com
Mark Miller believes that everyone is a Child of God and that music is intrumental in healing the world. He also adheres to Cornel West’s belief that “Justice is what love looks like in public.”
Mark is Associate Professor of Church Music and Director of Worship at Drew University in Madison NJ and is the Minister of Music of Christ Church in Summit New Jersey. He is also a Lecturer in Sacred Music at Yale’s Institute of Sacred Music and Divinity School. A renowned composer of sacred music Mark is convinced music social justice and the beloved community are inextricably tied. His hymns and anthems are sung by communities of faith throughout the country and are published by Choristers Guild, Hal Leonard, Hinshaw, Abingdon Press, Santa Barbara Music Publishing and others. His album “Imagine the People of God” is available on itunes.
When he’s not working Mark is home in Plainfield NJ with his husband of 25 years Michael Murden their two wonderful teenage children Alyse and Keith and Oscar the cat. There you can find him cooking meals taking out the garbage playing Frisbee reading books watching movies and dreaming about getting back to the vineyard.
Check In for pre-festival events will be available on Wednesday from 1 pm to 5 pm, and Thursday from 7am to 9 am.