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JUL-AUG-SEP 2021 Issue of WorshipArts Magazine

From Carla Swank Fox, Editor:

Guess what?

Just two little words. But, oh, how powerful they are. Sometimes those words are followed by an overwhelming sense of excitement. Sometimes, especially if they precede news you weren’t expecting, there are feelings of loss and confusion. And sometimes, you get a combination of those two very opposite emotions at the same time.

Just a few short months ago, in this very note of our previous WorshipArts issue, we considered the idea of roller coasters and the possibilities and hope of beginning to emerge from this pandemic in the fall.

Guess what?

Plans have changed. The pandemic unfortunately rages on. We’ve been forced to reevaluate what seemed so promising. Some of us even made rehearsal and concert and Advent and Christmas plans, only now to be forced to reconsider all of that work and preparation.

It’s deflating at best, depressing at worst. It’s so easy to feel frustrated and angry and hopeless. Really? We’re doing this again? Conflate that with the turmoil within our world and natural disasters and … well, I’d argue that the world might even feel heavier now than it did a year ago. Which seems unfathomable, but here we are.

In fact, the content contained within this issue may feel a bit more hopeful than we’re experiencing in our local contexts at this moment.

Six Fellowship members, led by Diana Sanchez-Bushong, offer some really practical ideas on how to rebuild your church choir coming out of the pandemic … whenever that may be.

Fellowship member Lawrence Abernathy shares some tips on how to best utilize small ensembles, which may be a tactic worth pursuing over the next several months depending on your situation.

We also have many updates regarding The Fellowship’s transitions, including new leadership and a new initiative designed to help us better connect with each other across the miles during a time when we so desperately need connection.

There are glimmers of hope, even if we have to work harder at times to see them.

WorshipArts is a professional journal (published in both print and digital formats) by The Fellowship for its members. It is received by approximately 1,400 members, including United Methodist clergy and laity involved in worship planning and leadership. It is a valuable resource filled with practical articles, philosophical debate and theological insight. Interested advertisers should contact our advertising coordinator, Rick Wiltse, at worshipartsads@umfellowship.org.

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The WorshipArts Editorial Committee primarily consists of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds in worship planning, liturgy, and communications. The team is led by our editor, Carla Swank Fox.

2019-20 Committee

  • Carla Swank Fox, Editor
  • David Wiltse, Editor Emeritus
  • Sara Collins, Reviews Coordinator
  • Juan Huertas
  • Joy Lamb
  • Dakota Hill, Publications & Media Coordinator (Fellowship Board)
  • Rick Wiltse, Advertising Coordinator

Do you love to write? Have an idea for an article that would interest readers of WorshipArts? The WorshipArts Editorial Committee actively seeks a variety of articles and reviews in music areas (choral for all ages, piano/organ, instrumental, handbells), arts areas (dance, drama, visuals), and worship areas (preaching, contemporary worship, spiritual formation, worship planning, liturgy). WorshipArts publishes four to six times each year and deadlines are the 1st of the month, two months prior to publication date.

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