Seventh Day Adventists

The event I attended at the Seventh Day Adventist Church was Sabbath School and the best way I can describe it is similar to Sunday school, but on Saturday mornings and for adults. There are specific topics for Sabbath School, based on what day it is, and when I went our theme was unity and … Continue reading Seventh Day Adventists

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Where did all these children come from? Keeping culture alive for the next generation.

When walking towards St. George Ethiopian Tewahedo Church early on a Sunday morning, the first thing that struck me was the sound.  Even before the sun was up there were very apparent sounds of worship that could not be contained by the wall of the church spilling out into the still dark morning.  Even though … Continue reading Where did all these children come from? Keeping culture alive for the next generation.

Service at ISGOC: Individuals United Under One God

Entering into the lobby, my friend and I are immediately greeted warmly by the women of the mosque, and they escort us to the room in the back part of the sanctuary. We wait patiently for the call to prayer, but the conversations around us never diminished as everyone catches up with one another about … Continue reading Service at ISGOC: Individuals United Under One God

Stratford Free Will Baptist Church

Stratford Free Will Baptist is a small church with only about 200 members in their congregation.  The service here is very traditional, however the worship music combines both traditional hymns and contemporary worship songs.  Their worship team consists of a guitarist, bassist, keyboard player, drummer and a group of about 5 singers.  They use the … Continue reading Stratford Free Will Baptist Church

The Voice in Chant and Inner Voice in Meditation

How does sound serve as a medium in conveying values within a religious context? As most people in the western world, I grew up within a Christian ethical framework. However, I have come to disbelieve that there is only a Christian truth. First of all, what does one mean by truth? We understand refined “literal” … Continue reading The Voice in Chant and Inner Voice in Meditation

A weekly community of communion: Emmanuel Synagogue

My second visit to the Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City was a visit I won’t soon forget. Being a spiritual human being myself, it was fulfilling in that sense as well as in terms of sound created. The first time I went, I stayed for the full 3-hour service and left directly after. The second … Continue reading A weekly community of communion: Emmanuel Synagogue

Sacred Traditions of Song: Emmanuel Synagogue

Music is an essential piece of the traditional conservative Jewish service. The entirety of the service is sung through by the congregation or the rabbi. Every scripture is sung and there is a special cantor that reads from the Torah. Each word in Hebrew is a different note, so the cantor sight reads the entire … Continue reading Sacred Traditions of Song: Emmanuel Synagogue