“We must have women’s choirs. You are baptized in the same baptismal font–men and women. You drink from the same communion chalice. You receive the same bread. So men and women must both sing!”
So insisted the bishop Jacob of Sarug in the ancient Syriac church. Those who sang, men and women, were recognized as teaching theology through choral voice. Choirs mattered in shaping early Christian identity and worship.
Learn more in a recent interview with Brown University Professor of Religion, Susan Ashbrook Harvey, speaking with Catholic priest, Fredrik Heiding, SJ. The conversation took place following her plenary lecture at the June 2018 conference on “The Future of Syriac Studies” at the Sankt Ignatius Theological Academy in Sweden: