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[ Preface to the Assembly Songbook ] [ Song - "May Your Breath of Love" ] [ Maggie Hamilton ] [ Assembly Songbook Pricing ]
Transforms Individuals and Heals the World
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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