Earth Transformed with Music! Inclusive Songs for Worship will be out soon. It’s been exciting to collaborate with composer Larry E. Schultz on this third collection of inclusive hymns.
This collection includes all new songs, most to widely-known tunes and some to new tunes. Many of the songs are appropriate for interfaith settings. A special feature of this new collection is the inclusion of multigenerational short songs for various parts of worship services, such as invocations and benedictions.
Here is one of the fresh, lovely new tunes that Larry created for one of the songs in this collection, “Come, Sophia Wisdom, Come,” along with the lyrics to the first stanza:
Come, Sophia Wisdom, come, live in our hearts;
come, Sophia Wisdom, come, peace to impart.
Heal us, bless us, stir us, and free us.
Come, Sophia Wisdom, come, live in our hearts.
Words © 2014 Jann Aldredge-Clanton
This new collection, Earth Transformed with Music! Inclusive Songs for Worship, will instill belief in the sacredness of all people and all creation. The songs in this collection name Deity as female and male and more to support the foundational biblical truth that all people are created equally in the divine image (Genesis 1:27).
Music has great power to touch the heart and change the world. Words we sing in worship shape our beliefs and actions. The inclusive songs in this collection will contribute to social justice, peace, equality, and expansive spiritual experience. The predominant themes of gender equality, racial equality, marriage equality, economic justice, care of creation, and peacemaking flow from the prophetic tradition in Scripture.
In a world of wars and violence, oppression and brokenness, we can join together as sisters and brothers in faith communities to transform the world through music.