cathedral music

A number of comments and experiences are connecting for me with Cathedral music. Transforming and spiritual, the mood and atmosphere set in Cathedral buildings can be overwhelming. A recent concert in Chichester with poetry and artwork along with Messaien’s music was such a transporting event. Simply attending the Cathedral services with traditional or modern settings of harmony and the immense reverberation of the organ in a huge space – an experience you would wish to be often repeated. But what happens when we try to transport Cathedral music into smaller churches? So much controversy about inaccessibility, exclusivity. The age-old argument … Continue reading cathedral music

the meaning of parish

More and more talk of getting churches working together – today the news of Methodists and Anglicans healing a rift – a slow moving together process. Of course there should only be one Christian church. But we are many people and have our habits and our preferences when it comes to things spiritual and religious. Should a broad consensus of need to move together be held up by a small group of parishioners? I guess the answer may be – only when they can put forward a good theological argument for their perspective. Not if the argument is simply based … Continue reading the meaning of parish