Multicultural Worship: Appropriation vs Appreciation [by Katelin Hansen]

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This blog was written by our friend, Katelin Hansen, and posted at:  As multicultural worship leaders, this is an important issue that we must wrestle with! Thanks to Katelin for expressing it well! —————————————————————————————- I direct my church’s (C4AP in Columbus, Ohio) gospel choir and we were asked so sing for Black History Month this past year: “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and a song of our (read: director’s) choice: Ahuna ya Tswanang Le Yesu. It […]

Cultural Spotlight: Ethiopia

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Languages Amharic (official), tribal languages important, English (official), Arabic (official) Ethiopia has forty-eight indigenous languages. English is the most widely spoken foreign language and is the medium of instruction in secondary schools. Amharic was the language of primary school instruction, but has been replaced in many areas by local languages such as Oromifa and Tigrinya. Ethiopia has its own alphabet, called Ge’ez or Ethiopic and calendar. Cultural/Historical tidbits -Among many traditional customs, respect (especially of […]