Academic journal article The Hymn

Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice

Academic journal article The Hymn

Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice

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Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice by Jann Aldredge-Clanton with composer Larry E. Schultz. Austin, TX: Eakin, 2011. 126 pp. ISBN 978-1-935632-22-1. $19.95.

For congregations who have been informed and transformed through the singing of Jann Aldredge-Clanton's hymn texts in Inclusive Hymns for Liberating Christians, her new collection of hymns, Inclusive Hymns for Liberation, Peace, and Justice will not disappoint. Nor will these new texts disappoint anyone who is eager to articulate Divine Feminine theology through hymn singing. AldredgeClanton's texts enable (and indeed, empower) congregations to sing liberation, peace, and justice using creative images and inclusive language. She does not ignore the concern for equality in our churches and in our world.

After "congregation-testing'' the hymn texts in a theologically progressive community, this reviewer found that both young and old could embrace female names for the deity readily. The hymns allow them to sing with greater understanding a prophetic and liberating word in glory of God and to one another. The balance of male-female divine images gives women and girls, men and boys a greater sense of the wholeness of God's good creation. …

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