It’s called the “Convergence Music Project,” and it is the brainchild of Emergent/Progressive guru Brian McLaren in collaboration with The Center for Progressive Renewal and the Convergence Initiative.
Side note: If you are unfamiliar with McLaren (who calls the cross “cosmic child abuse“), or his Progressive alliance, click here to understand its mission (“new ways of doing theology”), and its approach (“new kinds of faith communities, new approaches to worship and spiritual formation, new integrations and conversations and convergences and dreams.”)
With songs like “Faithfully Angry” (turning Psalm 58 into a social justice anthem), you’ll find lyrics like, “Transform our pain and use our rage…Deepen our love for the world as it is, as we demand that justice birth a change:”
Or how about Dream God’s Dream, a song by Bryan Sirchio, about us changing the world.
McLaren even writes and sings a song titled Spirit Running, which he describes as “a fun, joyful, upbeat song proclaiming the call to do justice and to care for and honor the earth.” Audio here
The Convergence Music Project promises to create and offer new congregational music for progressive churches and congregations. Says the director for the “Center for Progressive Renewal” Cameron Trimble:
“So many of us have experienced boring, detached, lifeless worship services for far too long. I’m now convinced not only is that not necessary, it’s a terrible waste of energy and vision. ”
Trimble says the project envisions the creation of a “whole new canon of music, grown from within the progressive Church, representing a more “just and generous” Christianity,” with distribution channels to churches across the world.
© Amy Spreeman for Berean Research, 2016