New Music for Progressive Christianity – “Ocean”


New Music

for Progressive Christianity

by Keith Sanford, Ph.D.

“Ocean” is a song of finding comfort in divine presence, yet still embracing some anxiety.

A high-quality song download is FREE to the first 200 people.

What does it mean to find comfort in divine presence, and if we find this comfort, why would we still embrace anxiety? To answer these questions, we need to consider two types of comfort that people might seek or receive from God: power comfort and presence comfort. To read about these types of comfort and hear the new song, go to
As the world faces a pandemic and other crises, it is valuable to consider the types of comfort we seek from God. The new song draws images from a majestic ocean landscape and from the first chapter of Genesis to describe a unique type of comfort that is relevant, authentic, and meaningful.
Another song relevant for the current point in time is, “Red Lines,” a song about racism and the history of redlining. To hear the song and to read about types of racism and the history of the racist practice of redlining in the United States, go to
While listening to Ocean and Red Lines, you can access a wealth of free resources:
* Read the commentary about the difference between power comfort and presence comfort.
* Read the commentary about racism and redlining.
* Use the provided lyrics (or the lead sheets if you are a musician) and sing along.
* If you are a religious leader looking for material to use or distribute, you are welcome to use Ocean or any other free resources at
* Share the songs. There are also YouTube and Facebook video versions that can be shared.
FREE BONUS: The first 200 people can get a high-quality song download for free.  To obtain your free download, find and click the “download” button on the song player, then enter “0” when asked to, “name your price.”


Discover all the new music and ideas for a progressive faith at: is a blog of new music and ideas for a progressive faith. Developed by Keith Sanford, Ph.D., Forward Faith provides new music and in-depth discussion of ideas from a faith perspective based on liberal theology.

Forward Faith is the source for music for progressive Christianity. It also provides in-depth information on the theological, historical, and psychological ideas behind each song, lead sheets for musicians, and discussion questions for small groups (or for on-line discussion groups).
Visit Forward Faith and explore music and ideas about:
* Theology
* History
* Social justice
* The environment
* Psychology
Forward Faith has resources for:
* Small discussion groups (or on-line discussion groups)
* Musicians
* Clergy and religious leaders
Forward Faith is a FREE website. There is NO cost and there are NO signup requirements. Although the site’s music distribution service requires a fee charged for downloading high-quality personal copies of songs, the first 200 people can get a download for free (see instructions above).
About Keith Sanford, Ph.D.

Keith Sanford is a professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Baylor University. His background includes completing a program of study at a music school in Hollywood, several years working as a professional musician, completing a B.A. in religion from Seattle Pacific University, and completing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Michigan State University. He conducts research on interpersonal relationships and teaches courses that range from the use of the scientific method in psychological research to the history of racism.
Forward Faith is the culmination of several years of work combining music with progressive Christian theology, history, concerns for social justice, and psychology.  Discover this unique combination of music to sing, ideas to discuss, and a progressive faith perspective to ponder.

Listen to the new song: Ocean

Click here to visit the Forward Faith homepage.

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