#061: Navigating the "Culture Wars" (with Dan Schutte)

Dan Schutte

Dan Schutte

If you are someone who uses social media, it doesn’t take long to discover that the so-called liturgical “culture wars” are alive and well. Post after post on page after page reveal the ugly and unhelpful reality of the conflict. Authentic, thoughtful conversation and dialogue rarely happen, which is both unfortunate and unproductive. What is left, at least on social media and in the blogosphere, is often hyperbole, entrenchment, and judgement. So, what is a pastoral musician to do? How do we navigate these conflicts and make sense of them? How do we see through the judgement, and how do we take steps forward in our pastoral ministry?

Today, we’ll hear a special workshop presentation from Dan Schutte. Offered at the 2018 NPM convention in Baltimore, Dan presented a workshop titled “Honoring Our Musical Diversity: Navigating the Culture Wars.” In this session, Dan led participants through an exploration of ways to integrate a variety of genres, including chant, contemporary, and traditional hymnody, to celebrate the richness of our sacred music heritage in the liturgy.

We will be back with new, original interviews next week.

SHOW NOTES

To find out more information about the 2019 NPM National Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, visit the NPM website. You can view preliminary schedules, speaker and event information, and more. Register today!

For more information about Dan Schutte, visit his composer page at OCP. You can also visit his personal website: www.danschutte.com.

The recordings of “This Joyful Eastertide” (VREUCHTEN, arr. Richard Hillert) and “Ye Sons and Daughters” (O FILII ET FILIAE, arr. Josh Blakesley) are published by OCP.

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#060: A Holy Week Companion

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It’s Monday of Holy Week, and we’ve got a long road ahead of us. We all need a little more time for preparation – if not a few minutes more to rehearse, set the environment, prepare worship aids or scripts, then to prepare ourselves for the holiest days of the year. 

So, for today, I’m sharing with you an episode of the Open Your Hymnal podcast. Open Your Hymnal is an independent podcast project hosted by Zack Stachowski and by me. This episode is a special celebration of Lenten music. You’ll hear a range of great seasonal music from a variety of composers arranged around the final three Gospel readings for Lent, the “Scrutiny Gospels.” These readings are shared with us by composers Meredith Augustin, Ian Callanan, and Luke Rosen. We hope that this presentation serves as both a companion and a source of nourishment.  

Episode links

For more information on the “Open Your Hymnal” podcast, visit www.openyourhymnal.com.

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “Parce Domine/Ubi Caritas” (arr. Jeremy Young), piano instrumental of “Lenten Suite” (Paul Tate), “Turn My Heart” (Marty Haugen), “Restless is the Heart” (Bernadette Farrell), “Lead Me, Lord” (Samuel Wesley), “Hosea” (Gregory Norbet), "piano instrumental of “Attende Domine” (Jerry Galipeau), “He Healed the Darkness of My Mind” (David Haas), “Open My Eyes” (Benedetto Marcello, arr. Dale Grotenhuis), “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (Kathleen Thomerson), “Brille Tu Luz” (Stella Garcia Lopez, Rudy Lopez), quodlibet on “Were You There/Amazing Grace” (arr. Marcy Weckler Barr), piano instrumental on “Precious Lord” (Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB), “With the Lord There is Mercy” (Val Parker), “When Jesus Wept” (William Billings), “We Shall Rise Again” (Jeremy Young), “Give Me Jesus” (arr. Meredith Augustin), and “Attende Domine” (arr. Trevor Thompson).

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#059: Hymns from Yesterday for Tomorrow (ft. Dr. Don Saliers)

Dr. Don Saliers

Dr. Don Saliers

At the end of each episode every week, I make a general ask for your suggestions of topics for future episodes. It’s been interesting to see what issues are on your minds, and I’ve done my best to incorporate the needs you’ve shared into the conversations we host. Often, the topics shared with me have to do in one way or another with repertoire development. So, today we’re going to open the repertoire conversation, but know that we’ll be picking up more repertoire-related topics in future episodes and NPM content. In fact, as coincidence would have it, the upcoming May issue of Pastoral Musicmagazine will focus on building repertoire.

So, let’s begin with hymnody. Hymns – both in reference to text and to tune – are so very important in the congregational life of the Church. Often, however, some communities think of hymns as artifacts rather than possibilities. Today we’ll challenge this assumption. To do so, we’ll hear from an article written by Dr. Don Saliers. Originally published in the April 1981 issue of Pastoral Music, Don helps break open what constitutes a “good” hymn and shares insight into the importance of hymn singing and the development of new hymns.

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Dr. Don Saliers, visit his biography page at the Candler School of Theology. You can read the full text of his article from the April 1981 issue of Pastoral Music magazine on the NPM website.

The recording of “Three Days” (THAXTED, arr. Jeffery Honore, text by MD Ridge) is published by OCP. The recordings of “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross” (William Howard Doane, text by Fanny Crosby) and “Jerusalem, My Destiny” (Rory Cooney) are published by GIA Publications.

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#058: Chant Clinic, Lent Edition (with Dr. Andre Heywood)

Dr. Andre Heywood

Dr. Andre Heywood

In a few weeks we will celebrate the holiest days of the year, the Triduum. No matter the musical resources you use or in which camp of the style wars your community finds itself, most of us will incorporate one or more of the chants traditionally sung during Holy Week. 

Now, today’s episode isn’t a conversation about what chants you should or shouldn’t use, or a discussion about why chant is important, though both of those are important topics. Instead, we’re providing a short “chant clinic” designed especially for those communities who might not often sing chant during the rest of the liturgical year, but who will be incorporating chant during the Triduum. How do you get your choir to shape chant melodies instead of plodding through them like a heavy march? How do you effectively lead a congregation not accustomed to chanting? What about that soloist who will be singing the Exultet?

To help us out, we’re joined once again by Dr. Andre Heywood, a master conductor, clinician, and choral scholar. In one of our most-downloaded episodes, Andre joined me back in Advent for a conversation about vocal health. Now during this Lenten season, he joins us with tactics you can start using right away to improve the quality of chant in your celebrations.

SHOW NOTES

For more information about Andre Heywood, visit The Saint John’s Boys’ Choir.

The recording of “Pange Lingua” (Fr. Ricky Manalo) is published by OCP. The recordings of “Parce Domine/Ubi Caritas” (arr. Jeremy Young) and “Jerusalem, My Destiny” (Rory Cooney) are published by GIA Publications.

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#057: Evangelization, Inclusion, and the Culture Wars (with Fr. James Martin, SJ) - REPLAY

Fr. James Martin, SJ

Fr. James Martin, SJ

This is a special re-broadcast of our episode from April, 2018.

Just as the Advent season prepares us for the Incarnation, and the Lenten season prepares us for the Resurrection, we know that the celebration of the Easter season prepares us for Commissioning: “Go, make disciples of all nations.” The Gospel readings of this season serve as a primer in discipleship: the model of the Good Shepherd, the vines bearing much fruit, the command to love one another as Christ has loved us. Yet, though it is, indeed, Good News, spreading the Gospel is hard work! There are many barriers in our way: limits of time and resources, an unfriendly or inhospitable popular culture, and – sometimes the biggest barrier of all – ourselves.

In today’s episode, we explore the topic of evangelization – how do we in pastoral ministry reach beyond those already active and in attendance? What works? What doesn’t? What mindset must we cultivate in order to be successful? We’ll also discuss two subsidiary topics: maintaining healthy balance, and navigating the culture wars being waged within the Church. To do so, we’ll hear from two people renowned for their efforts at evangelization: Fr. James Martin, SJ, and Jean Vanier.

 

SHOW NOTES

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Building A Bridge,” "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," and "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything." You can find out more about his ministry and speaking engagements on his Facebook page.

To listen to more conversation with Fr. Jim, listen to the special feature from the Open Your Hymnal podcast.

To learn more about Jean Vanier, visit the L'Arche website

The recording of "Hosea” was produced by OCP.  The piano recording of "Break Bread Together" was performed by Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, on the album Sacred Improvisations

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#056: Engaging Young People with the One Call Institute (with Jes Garceau)

Jes Garceau

Jes Garceau

One of the many ways that NPM is able to support the work of pastoral musicians is through institutes. These programs feature a smaller, more intimate, more intense learning environment. In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring these institutes in our Ministry Monday conversations.

I am proud to co-direct the One Call Institute, a proud member program of NPM. Taking place this coming summer from June 25 to June 30, the focus of One Call is to engage, support, and empower young people to use their gifts of music and leadership in service to the Church. We also shape adults who work in ministry, equipping them with the skills, information, and attitudes necessary to continue the work of engaging young people in their home communities. As an aside, you should know that applications are due on April 15, and our registrations have been pouring in. 

Today, I am pleased to welcome Jes Garceau, another One Call co-director to the show. Yes, we’ll talk about the program in the hopes that you’ll consider sending young people from your parish, and perhaps consider attending yourself. I hope you’ll listen as we share important details about the program. Beyond this, I’m really pleased that you will hear from Jes herself. With a background in liturgical ministry and corporate management, Jes is one of the most important voices and resources in effective ministry organization and administration. We’ll also hear a selection from composer Sally Ann Morris in this week’s “Ministry Moment”.

SHOW NOTES

You can read more about Jes by visiting the “About Us” page of the One Call Institute website.

To find out more information about One Call, and to complete your application, visit the “Apply” page today!

The recording of “All That is Hidden” (Bernadette Farrell) is published by OCP. The recordings of “Will You Hold Me in the Light?” (Adam Tice/Sally Ann Morris), and “Jerusalem, My Destiny” (Rory Cooney) are published by GIA Publications.

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#055: Understanding Lent as Pilgrimage

Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP

Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP

Many of us have a complex relationship with Lent. It’s a season that some love and some dread. It’s often a season that, intellectually, we appreciate and anticipate but, in reality, experience in a way that leaves us wanting more. Purely from a practical perspective, Lent is sometimes difficult to experience in a full and meaningful way when we are so occupied with preparations for the Triduum and Easter season.

That’s the place where we are beginning today: the ways that Lent prepares us for the Triduum and for Easter. If we think about this time of year as a “unified sequence,” as our guest writer calls it, we can see more clearly the influences that shape the ways we think about Lent, the way we experience it, and – ultimately – the way we experience the Easter joy. We’ll hear today from an article written by Sr. Patricia Gallagher, OP, and we’ll hear a beautiful setting of a text by Saint Clare in a musical “Ministry Moment.”

SHOW NOTES

You can read the full article, “Take Another Look at Lent: As Pilgrimage,” on the NPM website.

The recording of “Tis Good Lord to be Here” (Joseph Robinson) is published by OCP. The recordings of “Lenten Suite” (arr. Paul Tate), “The Mirror of Eternity” (James Chepponis), and “Jerusalem, My Destiny” (Rory Cooney) are published by GIA Publications.

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#054: Sharing the Triduum (with Fr. Paul Turner) - REPLAY

Fr. Paul Turner

Fr. Paul Turner

This is a special rebroadcast of our episode from March, 2018.

Our topic today is “looking forward.” While the new liturgical year is many months away, the new fiscal year is not. Across the country, dioceses have been studying and making preparations for new administrative and organizational realities, including clustered parishes. 

Our guest today, Fr. Paul Turner, shares liturgical considerations and opportunities that are present in clustered communities. We also hear the words of the late Bishop Ken Untener (1937-2004), written in honor of Archbishop Oscar Romero. 

 

SHOW NOTES

To join us this summer at the national convention in Baltimore, Maryland, visit the 2018 NPM convention website

You can learn more about Fr. Paul Turner, view his many workshop topics, and read his articles and blog posts at his website: www.paulturner.org

The prayer commonly referred to as the "Oscar Romero Prayer" was written by Bishop Ken Untener. You can find it on the website of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops(USCCB).

"From Ashes to the Living Font" is published by World Library Publications.

For further reading: Read "Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Clustered Parishes Are Our Future," written by Kristi Bevens, in Obsculta. You can find resources related to clustered parishes and planning from both the Archdiocese of Dubuque and the Archdiocese of Detroit

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#053: Celebrating Black Sacred Music

Leon Roberts

Leon Roberts

In place of our customary interview, today we are bringing you an audio program from the Open Your Hymnal podcast. Open Your Hymnal, cohosted by Zack Stachowski and by me, is an independent project aimed at exploring liturgical music in the Catholic repertoire through interviews with composers and special guests. 

Today, we’re focusing on the rich heritage of the Black sacred music tradition, and we’re blessed to be joined by two important voices: Leon Roberts (recorded in a presentation from 1985), and Lynne Gray. Leon and Lynne provide an exploration of the treasury of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs. You’ll hear lots of standard and familiar music, and you’ll also hear selections from several contemporary composers. 

Lynne Gray

Lynne Gray

Episode links

You can find out more about the work of Leon Roberts by visiting his composer pages at OCP and GIA Publications. You can find out more about Lynne Gray and her work by visiting St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

You can listen to more episodes of the Open Your Hymnal podcast at www.openyourhymnal.com.

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “We’ve Come This Far By Faith” (Goodson), “With Hands Lifted Up” (traditional), “Traditional Prayer with Moans” (anonymous), “Deep River” (anonymous), “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (traditional), “The Solid Rock (My Hope is Built on Nothing Less)” (Mote), “Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee” (Wesley), “Lead Me, Guide Me” (Akers), “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” (Hatter), “The Lord is Blessing Me Right Now” (traditional), “Taste and See” (Moore), “Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light” (Harbor), “Lord, I Love You (God is So Good)” (Jansen), “Hail, Queen of Heaven” (Holland), “Holy, Holy, Holy” from the Mass of New Beginnings (Petty), “You’re the One” (Roberts).

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#052: Of Womb and Tomb (with Kate Williams)

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

In the book of Ecclesiastes, we hear that “there is a season for everything: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to laugh, and a time to mourn.” As pastoral ministers, we know that there is a need for pastoral ministry in all seasons of life. Our work calls us to be attentive and present in times of great joy and celebration as well as in times of great sadness and mourning. Sometimes we do better with the celebrating than the mourning.

Today, we’re discussing ministry to those who know the pain of loss. Specifically, we are talking about ministry to those who have struggled with the inability to conceive, who know the pain of losing a child before birth, and those who have faced their child’s death at the time of birth. How are we present to them? How do we minister in this time of deep and, often, isolated sadness? How can we accompany them on their grief journey? To explore these questions and more, we’ll speak with author and editor Kate Williams.

SHOW NOTES

You can learn more about Kate Williams by visiting the GIA Publications staff page.

You can order the book, “Of Womb and Tomb,” by visiting the GIA Publications website. Here you can also order the accompanying music collection, both in print and audio recording.

The music you heard in today’s episode: “Turn My Heart, O God” (Marty Haugen), and “I Have Been Anointed” (Steve Warner).

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