Authors: Tammy-Jo Mortensen


January 18, 2022

I was just reading an article in the Spring 2021 edition of the University of Alberta Alumni magazine, New Trail, and a couple of headlines caught my attention, which then gave me food for thought for this issue of Gathering on ongoing racism in the church. It feels like there...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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November 15, 2021

The word affirming can have several meanings depending on context, but the definition can include: 1) stating a fact, 2) asserting strongly, and 3) offering someone support or encouragement. In the United Church context, we first started using the term affirming to mean the inclusion of all people of all...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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November 15, 2021

In our communities, we all need to be mindful about discrimination and ableism. The word able, on its own or as a suffix, is loaded with many positive and negative meanings (capable, teachable, unable, disable). When someone asked me to distill thoughts about my work in music ministry down to...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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November 15, 2021

Several saints’ or special days occur in the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany that you might want to celebrate using cultural hymns. St. Andrew’s Day (Scottish) is November 30, Robbie Burns Day (Scottish) is January 25, and St. David’s Day (Welsh) is March 1. Below are some hymns from...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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Diversity
Inclusiveness
Music and Singing
Worship Column
November 15, 2021

The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada has released a new collection: Songs for the Holy Other: Hymns Affirming the LGBTQIA2S+ Community. The completed project was presented on July 16, 2019, at a session of the organization’s annual conference in Dallas, Texas, by members of a working group...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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Diversity
Gender and Sexual Diversity
Inclusiveness
Music and Singing
Worship Column
June 15, 2021

Music is often described as an “international language” that can break down barriers. Does it, or does it divide us sometimes? The music that we prepare for church is created by composers from all over the world, and so a church musician might consider the various aspects of the word...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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April 15, 2021

LEARNING It seems all I am doing these days is learning—about new technology and new procedures; about politics, science, mechanics, and engineering; and especially, as a white woman, about the Black Lives Matter movement and Indigenous Peoples here and around the world. Will all of this learning make me a...

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen
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April 15, 2021

Indigenous Composers National Indigenous History Month is in June, and if you wish to focus on Indigenous hymns and compositions by Indigenous song-makers or song-creators in June and throughout the year, here are some resources below. Recently, in sessions she led for the newly formed Bridge Choral Collective, Sherryl Sewepagaham...

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Sherryl Sewepagaham
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