A confession: we have have music in some of our meetings for worship when certain Friends are moved to minister either in singing or through instrumental music. It as accepted – welcomed- as a moving, spiritual contribution. And George Fox addressed Quakers at a time of great persecution in these terms: “Sing and rejoice ye children of the day and the light…”
Several Friends who come to Luton Meeting attended an all-day workshop of music-making today at Watford Meeting with the title Song and Silence. In the afternoon, we learned various chants used by the Taizé community in France a religious community dedicated to inter-faith understanding and peace and reconciliation. “All humanity forms a single family and God lives within every human being without exception,” writes Brother Alois in a Letter from Kolkata.
The brilliant Woodbrooke tutor, Mark Russ, who led us in the music, showed us how repetitive meditative chants can be a startlingly intense release into deep spiritual awareness that grows in the following silence.