Are you a progressive at a progressive church? Would you like to have some more inclusive hymns this Holiday season?
Are you a progressive at a non-progressive church? Would you like some more inclusive hymns to sing–either under your breath or with gusto!–this Holiday season?
You are so in luck!
My friend Tallessyn has posted on Facebook a note with the text of many of her rewritten Christmas carols. Many of these are in the public domain and suitable for congregational use.
For example, for those who have issues with “lord” language, here’s the rewritten first verse of Away in a Manger:
Away In A Manger
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
The little love, Jesus, lay down his sweet head
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay
The little love, Jesus, asleep on the hay.
And Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is adapted to be more inclusive of the Earth (not nations) and includes a movement towards reconciliation not triumphilism:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Hark! The herald angels sing, hear the heavenly anthems ring:
“Peace on Earth, and mercy mild; all the Earth is reconciled!”
Joyful, all the Earth arise, join the anthems of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing: songs of Hope to us they bring!
Click here for the inclusive Christmas carols.
And in the future, look for her website when it gets launched. Don’t worry: I’ll let you know.