Stay tuned for an exciting project I'm working on with some amazing friends … launching a new generation of progressive Christian worship music - songs of praise and protest, joy and lament, contemplation and motivation.
But for inspiration, let's look back at arguably the most deeply Christian music in American history, the negro spiritual. Here's an amazing interview. And here's an inspiring song: Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel, deliver Daniel
I am so excited about the launch of the Convergence Music Project. As I have travelled across North America and Europe, I find myself in conversations with artists and musicians who are creating the kind of music, poetry, pictures, dances and liturgies that every church should be able to expereince. 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. Our congregational leaders are producing some of the most beatiful music I have ever heard. Our painters are producing the best paintings and designs I have ever seen. Our poets are writing the most vulnerable and inspiring liturgies that we have expereinced in generations. Our creative ones are literally exploding with new contributions, designed to remind us of the sacredness of life, love and one another.
September 13, 2016 Interviews by CMP Lead Designer Bryan Sirchio
Bryan: Mark, we really feel privileged that you’re a part of CMP as one of our contributing songwriters and song evaluators. Your music means a lot to us and to so many people, and to think that CMP will be a company through which you can make some of your new songs available to the world means so much to us. Please say something about why you’ve chosen to be so enthusiastically involved with the Convergence Music Project as we launch this new venture.
I've just returned from the OPEN Faith Conference in Indianapolis. Many of you may know that the OPEN Network is a growing network of progressive evangelical churches who are organizing and resourcing one another. It's an amazing group of people. We announced the Convergence Music Project at this conference and the response was amazing. It seemed like everyone there was producing music or writing liturgy or reciting poems...all in relative isolation. That is why I am so excited about this project. FINALLY, we are building a place, a platform, where we can distribute all of this great stuff to the network...and fairly compensate the artists!
As thousands of churches across the country continue forward in the somber season of Lent, we are reminded of the thick darkness that covers our land.
Now more than ever, our mission matters— raising up leaders, congregations, and individuals who are passionate about standing up for a just and generous expression of Christianity. The question still sounds from the mountain, “Whom shall I send?” and our answer is a resounding, “Send us!”
This is the next generation music hub for progressive Christianity. It's a gathering of all musicians, poets and artists to have a dynamic movement of all Christian minds in order to produce some great religious work. We welcome all beautiful minds and big hearts to contribute as well as distribute your works and thoughts through songs, poems and paintings. Anything connected to Lord is always great.