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pastorpest feminist perspective on folk songs (123* d) RE: feminist perspective on folk songs 04 Sep 00

This is an mportant subject! Guest Deborah, you have openned an important can! It never occurred to me to think about "Michael Rowed the Boat" in your way, but I agree with you. I have come to like the songs of Connie Kaldor, partly because I get to experience things from a woman's point of view.

Two decades ago my denomination sent out a documnet to all clergy asking us to examine our sermons for inclusive language and to examine stories and illustrations in those sermons. Oh what I learned about myself going back through old sermons! In my life time, even in a church committed to inclusiveness and equality, the task of liberating our faith from patriarchy will not even be close to being done. But working on the task has personal rewards.

Folk music has a history of servivng justice and liberation. It has a good fit with women's issues. Because songs help us both think and feel issues, there are contributions to be made here beyond just discussing the issues. We can experience another's point of view, joys, pains, etc.

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