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Love Transforms Individuals and Heals the World

Maggie Hamilton, British freelance music writer and one of the songbook compilers,  starts by pointing out that in music, like in other fields, so many things are called "love" that the word is in danger of losing its meaning.

She continues: "St Paul, in his first epistle to the Corinthians, contributes toward a definition of this love that transforms individuals and heals the world. Love is not self-centered gratification or a sentimental cliché. It is the preparedness to die for the greater good of humanity, as did Jesus of Nazareth. It is the agape love—embracing empathy, vulnerability, fragility, humility, generosity of spirit, belief that people are capable of great and good things, and the courage to act by this. This is an essential part of the Assembly theme ‘For the Healing of the World.’"

About Maggie Hamilton

Maggie Hamilton from England, is an ecumenical musician with a commitment to peace, justice and reconciliation. Hamilton has been involved in the work of the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC) and has contributed toward several international gatherings, including the October 2002 European Seminar on Arts and Liturgy in Faverges, France, focusing on the WCC Decade to Overcome Violence. She worked for Oxford University Press for nearly two years before taking up her present job as assistant editor for "Choir and Organ," a classical music magazine in London.

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