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Title: Connecting Singing and Doing in United Church Congregational Song: A Liturgical Theology of Mission
Authors: Hardy, Nancy
Advisor: Kervin, William
Department: Pastoral
Keywords: hymn
mission
United Church of Canada
inclusive language
justice
liturgy
liturgical theology
thick description
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2012
Abstract: In The United Church of Canada, congregational song serves as a key source of both personal and communal missional identity. This dissertation will investigate the liturgical and missiological functions of United Church hymnody as found in hymn resources published after union in 1925. Its focus will be on the role of congregational songs, their missional qualities, and their capacity to encourage and enable worshippers to enact peace and justice. Mission has been central to The United Church of Canada since its formation in 1925, and in its mission work, the United Church has sought to move from early twentieth century well-intentioned paternalism to a more postcolonial emphasis on justice, mutuality, and openness to other faiths. Worship has also been important to the church, and singing an essential element of its liturgical life. In the worshipping assembly, the singing of hymns involves both learning about and encountering God; it is also about mission and the living out of faith. As the church’s activity in God’s mission has changed over the years, the same kind of shift in the hymn repertoire can be noted. Moreover, singing can also become a personal expression of mission, predisposing people of faith to embody the peace and justice they sing about. In this study, congregational song is set in the context of primary theology, in which worshippers encounter the Holy by enacting their beliefs and singing their faith. Both texts and tunes are examined as components of a sung theology which can effect transformation through symbols, metaphorical and expansive language, and hymns that themselves affect behaviour. The connection between mission and music in the United Church is also studied through a “thick description” of four hymns which embody the development of mission consciousness. In this way, singing and doing are connected in a liturgical theology of mission: a song of God’s intentions for the world.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32584
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