Weekly Roundup: January 31st, 2020 (Congregational Singing; Living Small; Biographies)
At Broad Oak Piety This Week
Excerpt: "To understand why I believe this, we need to establish a key premise: that singing is not just a vertical act, but also a horizontal one. Of course we sing to God, but we also sing for one another. God is the object of our worship, but our singing is also a means of mutual encouragement. In our singing, we all have equal opportunity to proclaim truth. When we open our mouths to sing, we all take on the role of teacher, of encourager."
Excerpt: "In a recent interview in The New Yorker, Berry lamented “Well, part of manners used to be to say to somebody you just met, ‘Where you from?’ And I quit asking it, because so many people say they’re from everywhere or nowhere.” For Berry, industrialism’s rise was community’s fall. Before there were machines to do tasks there were people—interconnected and interdependent—who were vital to the work and world of community life. People knew each other because they must in order for the common good to be accomplished. This gave people a sense of belonging. With the advent of technologies which removed the necessity of humans from being directly connected to each other—think self-checkouts and social media—people lost their rootedness in membership."