Experiencing God and expressing his love through words and sounds

Joseph,DY and Petersen,A 2015, Experiencing God and expressing his love through words and sounds, in SAME 2015 : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Spirituality and Music Education, North West University, South Africa, Potchefstroom, South Africa, pp. 32-33.

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Title Experiencing God and expressing his love through words and sounds
Author(s) Joseph,DYORCID iD for Joseph,DY orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Conference name Spirituality and Music Education. Conference (3rd : 2015 : Potchefstroom, South Africa)
Conference location Potchefstroom, South Africa
Conference dates 2015/3/25 - 2015/3/27
Title of proceedings SAME 2015 : Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Spirituality and Music Education
Editor(s) Nell,D
Publication date 2015
Conference series Spirituality and Music Education Conference
Start page 32
End page 33
Total pages 2
Publisher North West University, South Africa
Place of publication Potchefstroom, South Africa
Keyword(s) Music, spirituality, wellbeing, community
Summary “The role that music plays in religion and spiritual life is evident throughout history and across cultures” (Lipe 2002, 210). Spirituality and religion are often used together and interchangeably as people may encounter spirituality through an organized religion or individualized religion; connection to nature or personal spiritual practices or people may seek scientific answers and truth as a form of spirituality. This paper situates itself within a wider study on Spirituality and Well-being: Music in the community that started in 2013 in Australia. Both authors are music educators and organists discussing their experience through narrative reflection across two continents in relation to how music contributes to spirituality within religious context and impacts on well-being. They recognize and acknowledge that music is one of God’s gifts and have been included throughout church history through songs and form an important aspect of worship (Vaught 2009). Spiritual connections are not confined to the institution of the church or to religion but are concerned with the connection “we can feel between ourselves and something vast, unseen, mysterious, and wondrous” (Millar 2000, 140). The findings of this are limited in the sense that it only focuses on two voices hence generalizations cannot be made to other musicians or church settings. However, it can be argued that music in worship can enrich and enhance one’s connection with God and with others through sound. The authors argue “music can provide many people with ways of experiencing and expressing their spirituality in their life that otherwise they might find difficult to access in other tangible ways” (Hays and Minichiello, 2005a, 95).
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950101 Music
HERDC Research category E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
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