Number of weeks: 1
Required books?: No
Live video session?: No
Part of a certification or series of courses?: No
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Singing hymns brings such joy to believers. The deep theological messages and the familiar melodies speak to hearts as well as to minds, but could hymns be an even more crucial part of our spiritual lives? Yes, through meditation on hymns.
Learners will learn to incorporate this spiritual practice by exploring history and background of the composer and music, then will experience a recorded meditation in which the lyrics of the hymns are incorporated. Although traditional hymns will be the starting point of this exercise, contemporary hymns may be incorporated as part of the meditation process.
Expect to have more joy and richness in your soul when you sing the same hymn again after this course.
This course is eligible for 0.5 CEU.
About the Instructors
Dr. Asayo Okumura Thomas is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ of the Metropolitan Association, New York Conference.
She was born and raised in Japan, breathing in the grace and embraced by the love through her mother’s bodhisattva sutra chanting. Her doctoral research project at the New York Theological Seminary was “The Sea of Silence: Ceaseless Renewal of the Mind and Heart in Unification of the Trinity through Mindful Meditation.”
Currently, she serves at the Community Church of the Pelhams as an assistant pastor for spiritual development. Her spiritual gift is to invite people to open their hearts gently and naturally to be reunited with the love of God through a mindful meditation with biblical verses in Lectio Divina or the ancient Mystic method. She loves to be in nature, like floating on the ocean wave, walking in the forest communicating with trees, and contemplating in birds singing or simply silence.