Michael Hawn Webinar 5/21/21: Congregational Song for the Post-Covid Church: Singing love of neighbor




Though the synoptic gospels all include the twin commandments to “love God and love one’s neighbor” (Matthew 22:34-46; Mark 12:30-31; Luke  10:27), the church, in general, has found it more convenient to sing its love of God and more difficult to sing our love of neighbor. In a related question, Christ asked, “Who is my mother? Who is my brother?” (Matthew 12:48; Mark 3:33). These rhetorical questions are neither simple nor their implications easy. We church musicians have some serious work to do if our liturgy is to speak truth and love to a suffering and skeptical world. This webinar explores what it means to sing a balanced theology of love–with a focus on neighborly love–in a post-Covid world that will need to hear this message.

Michael Hawn
University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Church Music
Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
Adjunct Professor of Church Music and Director of the Doctor of Pastoral Music degree program
Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX