Annual Hymn Sing
July 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m.
Ringgold Meetinghouse, Ringgold, Maryland
2017 Annual Meeting
Saturday, October 28, 2017, 5 p.m.
Grantham Brethren in Christ Church, Grantham, PA
Speaker: Dwight W. Thomas
Cost: $15 per person
The Historical Society expects to release Dwight W. Thomas’ new book, Blest Be the Ties that Bind: Studies in Brethren in Christ Faith and Culture at annual meeting. The book features a number of essays that were previously published in Brethren in Christ History and Life, as well as several new ones. The essays include a three-part series on Brethren in Christ worship and music, an oral account of the death by lion of Myron Taylor in Northern Rhodesia in 1931, and a conversation about Old Order River Brethren worship with John Dietz and Myron Sauder.
Dwight will talk about the joys of research, especially his experience that research has often been a platform for building relationship and a form of ministry. He will also provide some audio examples of the music he writes about in the book.
Dwight is a retired Messiah College music professor and former minister of music and congregational life at Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church. He and his wife have spent two to three months every year for nearly two decades at Sikalongo Mission in Zambia. His research interests include music, history, biography, and the cultural expressions of global Christians. His comprehensive history of Sikalongo Mission is currently running in Brethren in Christ History and Life in several parts.