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06 December 2006

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maivey3

This is all so true. At my former church, there was a dance team made up of teenage girls who would dance along to CCM. While the music was OK at best, it made many in the congregation uncomfortable, especially the older men. It made me uneasy, as the only image it brought to my mind was the belly dancing scene in the movie Salome. With a tortured smile on my face, I would grin and bear it, but I felt a general sense of embarassment for the girls and the congregation. What's really ironic is that Southern Baptists 30 years ago were anti-dance, even ballroom dancing. I wonder what those old buzzards would think of the cheer-type moves being danced on the altar nowadays. It's definately not sacred, but a gimmick to involve the "young people". I'm not a legalist opposed to all movement - I've been known to bounce a bit while "happy", usually while singing hymns at home, though.

The sacred should evoke movement; a dance routine should not be forced into a sacred situation, such as a worship service. Similarly, just because you put Jesus' name on a pencil doesn't make it a sacred pencil.

Amber

I've been thinking about liturgical dance recently because of the reappearance of our liturgical dance troupe. They "perform" (for lack of a better term) during the Easter and Advent seasons and I can't figure them out. They don't do a particularly impressive job, but it seems very heart-felt. I think that they get something out of the experience, but I know I don't... other than an occasional case of stiffled giggles. I try to approach it seriously, but I just don't get it, and I don't find that it improves the Mass or the Liturgy. I do sometimes wonder what it is that they get out of it - they don't seem like people who are particularly interested in making a spectacle of themselves... they are just a nice group of middle aged women who enjoy getting up each week and waving scarves around in the same scripted motions.

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