From Carla Swank Fox, Editor:
Over these past two pandemic years, I think many of us could say that The Fellowship has been our "safety net." It's been the connections between us (even from a distance) that have provided the support we needed, even when we didn't know we needed it. We've shared our highs and lows, offered resources, and even gathered virtually.
It's what #BeTheFellowship is all about.
I think that's what makes the pages of this issue of WorshipArts so powerful. Back in January, we asked Fellowship members to complete a survey about the past two pandemic years. What has stuck with you? What have you learned about yourself? Where have you seen God in all of this?
As the editorial committee sorted through the multitude of responses, a clear theme emerged regardless of the question asked: God's faithfulness was evident through the support of The Fellowship and its members. It was a safety net, and a reminder that indeed, we are not alone.
Now as we prepare to meet in-person again (finally!) this summer at Music & Worship Arts Week at Lake Junaluska, we look forward to the energy and the excitement that gathering with our support system yields. We'll have the opportunity to reconnect with familiar faces while welcoming new ones into the fold. We'll once again share and learn from our experiences, and join together in worship.
And as we do, our safety net will continue to grow even stronger.
Thanks be to God.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.