Forward Faith: A Blog of Music and Ideas for a Progressive Faith

by Keith Sanford

Developed by Keith Sanford, Ph.D., Forward Faith provides new music and in-depth discussion of ideas from a faith perspective based on liberal, progressive theology.

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Larry E. Schultz: Music for Progressive Faith, School & Community

Downloadable & Published Music for Progressive Faith, School & Community

There are choral anthems, congregational hymns and songs and instrumental music for progressive faith settings. The website’s blog, “Resonate!” will offer thoughts on communal music and music-making.

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In Troubled Times: Songs of Lament and Confession

For the month of September, pay any amount to download IN TROUBLED TIMES. All profits on this site and Bandcamp will go to Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity.

Innovative songwriter and worship leader, John Lyzenga, is pleased to announce the release of IN TROUBLED TIMES, a collection of worship songs addressing issues of social justice including racism, privilege, gender, sexuality, and immigration combining the story of the Bible alongside current events.

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Mike Love – Love Will Find a Way (with Lyrics)

Featuring Nahko, Trevor Hall & Paula Fuga

I wanna be good, I wanna do better
Wanna live long, be strong, but I know I won’t live forever
So while I’m alive, I’m gonna make a spark
And I hope that my life will be a light, shining bright for those who are lost in the dark

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Softly and Tenderly

New words to an old tent-meeting revival hymn

Softly and tenderly Jesus is callingCalling for you and for meWalking his pathway toward joy and compassionCalling for you and for me

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EcoHymns by Gaia Dance

EcoHymns in the context of EcoSongs are a way to re-value and celebrate the Earth. Their specialness is rooted in the reverence of the original composers.

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Say Welcome to the Real World

Tune: Passion Chorale W.O.V. 255

Say welcome to the real world,
A world where crosses grow,
Nurtured by groups whose “One way”
Can seem as pure as snow.

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Introducing the Last 7 Words of Christ Our Black Mother – A Lenten Series

This is public theology. As precious Patrons, I’m inviting you in to my theological process. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (March 6) and concluding on Good Friday (April 19), each week I will publish a photo and brief reflection on each of Christ’s 7 Last Words on the Cross.

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A Word Away: 2002 Music CD

2002 returns with their 18th full-length album, A World Away. The six vocal and four instrumental songs are new and all original, and cover much of 2002’s vast sonic palette- from progressive and pop new age, to their neoclassical and ambient roots. Thematically, the album is a cosmic love story, of kindred spirits traveling together through many times and many worlds, becoming lost and separated from one another, and finally reunited.

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Mirrors: Sangeeta Kaur Award Winning CD

MIRRORS is Sangeeta Kaur’s third spiritual, new age/classical, crossover album. This vocally strong and mesmerizing album features renown composer and producer, Nicolas Neidhardt on piano and keyboard as well as the multi- instrumentalist, Dat Nguyen on guitars and flute.

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Spinning Wheel – A Sermon on Luke 4:14-21 for Epiphany 3C

This sermon explores the need to set the captives free. It was inspired by a Globe and Mail article written by David Clayton Thomas, former lead singer of Blood, Sweat & Tears and dedicated to the memory of an old friend who did not “go naturally” and will never be forgotten! You can listen to the sermon here to get you in the mood, watch the video of Blood, Sweat & Tears below

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Trill LeBeau of Cosmic Serenity – No Lies (Music Exchange Session)

Trill taught himself to sing and play guitar at 19 in college. He would sit in the racquetball court, turn the lights out, and as he likes to say, Experiment with the Experience. Diving Further In to his roots, and listening through his ancestors, he has found a voice and essence that is as captivating as it is charismatic. With a side note of comedy, and an eccentric yet eclectic fashion style, Trill LeBeau (singer/songwriter) and younger brother Collin “Jaledub” (percussionist) make up Cosmic Serenity. They are also often joined sporadically and nomadically with other beautiful Creatures of Creation, while exploring the features of a full band, or with Trill as a solo artist.

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Fighting Destructive Chaos…with Christmas Carols?

Like many people, I am absolutely appalled by the ugly, hateful and destructive chaos emerging in this country. I have also wondered what I, a retired Oakland High School English teacher and Berkeley pastor, now living in a small town on the Oregon coast, could do to somehow change the dialogue and direction as to where the nation is going.

I hope to do so through … Christmas carols!

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OvO

OvO means “seed” or “egg” and stands for the point in time or space at which something starts- the next evolution.

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New Verses for Christmas Carols

Hark the Herald Angels Sing, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Joy to the World, Lo, How a Rose is Blooming, In the Bleak Midwinter, Wake, Awake for Night is Flying (Advent hymn)

Sing with them, ye humans bold!
Sing of peace, justice unfold!
Ring the bells of liberty;
Ring them loud ‘til all are free.

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Tune: Fulda (Walton) William Gardiner (1770-1853)

Creation’s splendour calls forth praise
for Nature’s wealth, for vibrant life.
This planet home, a wondrous gift,
is threatened now by greed and strife.

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What Shall We Bring to Community?

What shall we bring to community?
A loaf, a fish, a voice for singing,
hands for baking, a heart for teaching,
wisdom for guiding our children and youth?

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Inclusive Songs for Resistance & Social Action

Music empowers action fo social change. Inclusive Songs for Resistance and Social Action will contribute to gender, racial, economic, environmental and other justice movements.

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