Church Services and Ethical Societies
As many churches/societies have social justice committees, I am frequently asked to participate in Sunday Services/Meetings. Quite often, there is a concert Saturday night and the Sunday service the following morning.
Most Fellowships like a Sermon/Talk/Presentation of 20-30 minutes. Some like a 10 minute Q & A afterwards. Usually, I am asked to provide songs in place of hymns, but some churches like to keep their hymns as part of the service. I have an offertory song (satire) and a children’s song if requested. Some Fellowships like a musical service of 30-45 minutes. This means omitting or shortening some of the ritual elements.
Sometimes congregations have a requested theme as for Martin Luther King Day, Valentine's Day, Earth Day, etc..... Sometimes, I am asked to talk about my life, primarily the intersection of music, social justice and my international work. I have a talk about Community rooted in Dr. King's Samaritan speech. The environment is a common thread, especially juxtaposed with the military. "Forks In The Road," is a favorite. It is largely autobiographical about making decisions. I have been asked to talk about love and other themes and more topics will surely evolve...
The contract with the musicians’ union prohibits recording of the music to archive or circulate, especially songs that are by another writer. To record or post on the internet another’s work is a copyright violation. Please speak with me about special circumstances such as streaming for homebound congregants.
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