Summary: Mary K. Oyer is a remarkable woman whose teaching has touched many people directly and personally. Nurturing Spirit through Song offers a look at her remarkable life and contributions to church-related music and hymnody.
DVD: Note that a companion DVD, Nurturing Spirit Through Song: The Legacy of Mary K. Oyer, produced by Mennonite Media Productions, is avialable from Mennonite Media.
is a tribute to an extraordinary womanmusician,
teacher, mentor and builder of cultural bridges through
This book captures the life,
energy, imagination, and intelligence of one whose traits
have always resisted summation.
I thank my God every time I
remember you. What Paul wrote to the Philippians
expresses what many across the ecumenical spectrum feel
about Oyer. Her lifetime of faithful service has inspired
and challenged us.
Part biography, part history, part hagiography, part anthology, this book provides multiple prisms through which readers catch glimpses of Mary Oyer and her worlds. Stitching together contributions from a dozen writers and Oyer herself, the editors offer a global, informative patchwork.Joe Springer, Curator, Mennonite Historical Library, Goshen College
Those of us mentored by Mary Oyer
applaud this well-deserved documentation of her
remarkable life, wisdom, and spirit. Those who come to
her story here will learn what it means to be fully alive
to ones potential.
Market: Anyone, from individuals through church groups and leaders, musicians, and students of music, interested in an accessible yet in-depth exploration of the life, influence, and musical contributions of Mary K. Oyer and the history of Mennonite-related church musicianship.
Shelving: BiographyMary K. Oyer; HymnodyAnabaptist, Mennonite; MusicAfrican, Western; Pedagogy, teachingFine Arts. BISAC: Biography; Music/Religion/Hymns. RTM: 170 Biography; 540 Music; 690 Religion/Ethics
The Editors: Rebecca Slough, Goshen, Indiana, teaches worship and related arts at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (Elkhart, Ind.). Her current areas of professional interest include biblical interpretation and artistic expression, incorporating movement in spiritual direction, and exploring the healing benefits of sound. Shirley Sprunger King, Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania, is Director of Academic Advising at Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.). Prior to moving to south-central Pennsylvania in 2003, she chaired the music department while teaching at Bethel College (Kan.) for 25 years.
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