Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

I sing a song of the woman’s voice

From the Boundless Life collection

I sing a song of the woman’s voice

Tender and strong and clear;

Of those who longed to gain the vote

Despite men’s doubt and fear;

And one was a housewife,

And one was a nurse,

And one as a mother cared for ten

But all of them dreamt of women’s rights

And I plan to be like them.

 

I sing a song of the suffrage cause

Firing the true and bold

To plan and work to live the dream

Which they first dreamt of old;

And one had a garden,

And one baked the bread,

And one made the beds and one swept floors

But all of them planned for women’s rights

And I aim to be like them.

 

I sing a song of the suffrage Christ

Freeing the sexist mind;

Empowering those whom men abused (1)

In roles which men defined; (2)

For Mary and Martha, (3)

His mother, his friends, (4)

Whatever their status, race or wealth

Were all of an equal worth for Christ

Since each is a child of God.

 

I sing of those who through sharing power

Gift a new life to all,

In ways which prize the other’s worth

And heed the suffrage call;

Till men and the women,

The children and aged

From all of the groups on planet Earth

Shall join in that fight for human rights

Which follows the prophets’ call.

 

Alternative Tune: GRAND ISLE.
Notes:  (1) John 8:1-11, (2) John 4:1-41,  (3) Luke 10:38-42, John 11:5, (4) Mark 15:40-41 and 16:1

Text © William Livingstone Wallace. Music © Wallace Woodley

Click here to see the score:  Wallace.I Sing A Song Of The Woman’s Voice (Camellia)

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Click here to see the score:  Wallace.I Sing A Song Of The Woman’s Voice (Suffrage Song)

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