Bring the Feast
is a collection of 47 songs gathered by the Re-Imagining Community, a group that grew out of the acclaimed Re-Imagining Conference held in Minneapolis in 1993. In the spirit of that global, ecumenical event, Bring The Feast
presents songs commissioned within the community and its conferences since 1993 in addition to songs that have become well known at these gatherings. It also includes new works composed for the collection. This songbook lifts up the work of women writers in particular, although not exclusively.
The fact that Bring the Feast has origins in a distinct community does not limit its accessibility or inclusiveness. The song texts lend themselves to a variety of gatherings with images of hope and justice, healing, and celebration of God's creation. All who plan music for worship and celebrative gatherings, whether in a local church, home gatherings, or conference, will find this book a useful resource rich in new sounds and images to celebrate life in the spirit of Christ. The texts are set both with music and in poem form for further reflection.
This collection represents a consortium of musical and poetic editing skills, including those of Joan Prefontaine, Donna Kasbohm, Jane Ramseyer Miller, and M. Sue Seid Martin as convener and music editor. Musical settings include many chosen from world culture—Latin America, the Asian Rim, and Africa—plus numerous European and American traditional hymn tunes. These are combined with a large number of fresh, new compositions to create a songbook that is well-balanced and richly diverse.