“Without music, the world would be a mistake.”- Nietzsche
There are 26 songs in this collection and the language is inspired by Progressive Christian writers such as John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, and Miriam Therese Winter.
In this second collection, you will find a variety of songs. It is my hope that they will assist us in articulating: our inclusiveness, a broad set of common values, our journey in the wondrous world.
Many people and faith or sacred communities are searching for fresh ways of singing our stories, and for new liturgies which can be the crucible of meaningful and worshipful acts. The poet, John O’Donohue says “The voice is the sound of human consciousness being breathed out into the spaces.” As we grow in consciousness, we need a language to express our images, and to carry our joy.
As a Diaconal Minister and Elementary School Music Teacher, I have been creating music all my life- composing, teaching, leading singing.
Emily Kierstead is a musician and composer, who has been writing contemporary hymns most of her life. She has produced two song books, “Eternal Spirit,” and “Holy is Our Life,” which reflect the current theology and cosmology of today’s progressive Christianity. She is concerned that our “hymnology” and the language of our liturgy must speak to an authentic spirituality, an inclusive and scientifically based faith.She has served as a minister of the United Church of Canada since 1964, but took a six-year hiatus to teach Elementary School music while her children were little. Now retired, she and her partner Don Murray live on a lovely lake in Nova Scotia where the cry of the eagle begins their day and the call of the loon is their evening benediction.
Emily conducts a community choir comprised of forty singers from ages 17 to 86, and plays in a local fiddle group. On the last page of each songbook is a special offer for choirs, large or small.
Copyright and Ordering:
If you wish to use this music, please purchase a minimum of 5 books for a small choir (15 singers) or 8 for a larger choir. You would then have the author’s permission to make copies for the remainder of your group.