Let Your Heart Sing: How Spirit Moves Through Music

Do Quakers sing in worship? These Quakers do! Laura Dungan and Aaron Fowler talk music, Spirit, and a sound so low the human ear can’t perceive it.

Jon Watts

Jon Watts

Jon Watts launched and directed the QuakerSpeak project for its first 6 seasons. Keep up to date with Jon’s work at his website.

4 thoughts on “Let Your Heart Sing: How Spirit Moves Through Music

  1. Here in Northern Minnesota we sing together as part of worship….. twice a month and sometimes in between! At our summer retreat and Christmas Eve celebration we have totally singing worships. While some of us are listeners we experience that we are all in worship together. Sining is a vital part of our Meeting life. Thanks for making this Quaker Speak. Mary-B. Newcomb, Duluth-Superior Monthly Meeting (FGC)

  2. The Bible tells us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

    Spirit wells up in me and bursts out in song and deeds – they co-exist beautifully and enhance both my life and lives of others.
    A Quaker philosophy is “Let Your lives speak.” Singing is one positive way to let your life speak to others to help them in their spiritual journey and growth.

    We have Friends Meetings here – some are silent worship, while others have sermons and singing. All are worshiping and are pleasing to God — When He is pleased, He probably sings, too!

  3. I grew up Quaker in Wisconsin and my spiritual anchor was a community of Friends who sang together. Some of my earliest memories were at Yearly Meeting falling asleep in my mother’s lap as they sang through the night. There was no safer place in the world for that little girl. The group of singers, self dubbed the Nightingales, still sing, 50 years later, in large gatherings at Northern Yearly Meeting and for several singing weekends a year. Nightingales has anchored many of us and raised many children in deep and powerful ways.

    When we sing, we touch the Divine in one another and that is a gift of profound measure.

    For those whose experience is that Quakers don’t sing, have never met my Quakers!

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