‘She and He Together Dancing’

Check out this lovely collaborative effort from Rev. Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Larry E. Schultz of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.  Jann writes:

“This hymn was one of the first in my collaboration with composer and minister of music Larry E. Schultz.  Larry wrote the fresh, vibrant tune for this hymn and named the tune “Spirit Dance.”  Larry and I believe that Sister-Brother Spirit brought us together in creative collaboration.”

About the lyrics (sample below) she composed, Jann writes:

People of all genders and races are created in the image of the Divine, and all have the Divine Spirit living within.  In this hymn the Spirit is named and pictured as Sister and Brother, She and He, to convey this truth that all are created equally in the divine image. When all join together as equals, justice and peace blossom in the world. This video invites hope of peace, justice, wholeness, freedom, and new life.”

Here is the Pullen Memorial Baptist Church Chancel Choir performing this inspired work:

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And, here are some of the lyrics:

Sister Spirit moves around us; Brother Spirit joins in love;

She and He together dancing, crowned with holy Heavenly Dove.

May we join this dance of freedom, making heaven and earth anew;

all our gifts will blossom fully as our dreams come into view.

 

Brother Spirit calls us forward; Sister Spirit points the way;

He and She together clear a path into a better day.

May we walk this path of justice, breaking down each wall of fear,

faithful to our sacred calling so that Good News all may hear.

 

Head over to Jann’s blog for more of these lyrics, and more of her inclusive creative work.

 

About Caryn Riswold

Caryn D. Riswold is a feminist theologian in the Lutheran tradition. She is Professor of Religion and also teaches Gender and Women’s Studies at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where she has worked for over a decade teaching undergraduates to think critically and creatively about religion. She earned her Ph.D. and Th.M. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, holds a master’s degree from the Claremont School of Theology, and received her B.A. from Augustana College in her childhood hometown of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


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