Although drumming is often associated with African culture, Calvin Institute of Christian Worship staff writer Joan Huyser-Honig’s article suggests that percussion is at the “heartbeat” of Asian, Hispanic, and other traditions as well. Stories from churches that use drumming to build community are cited. For example, Detroit-based Zion Evangelical Lutheran’s ten-week Sunday afternoon classes culminated in an ecumenical Thanksgiving Eve service and a community Interfaith Festival. Zion’s pastor claims the experience “drummed out” racial, economic, and denominational differences among diverse groups of people. Three helpful sections in the piece challenge readers to action. “Learn More” lists congregations to contact, music to use, instruments to purchase, plus workshops to attend including classes at the Iona Community in Scotland. “Start a Discussion” poses questions to consider based on biblical references to music, practices of ethnic groups, and preferences of members and visitors. “Share Your Wisdom” invites readers to report best practices so others may learn from their experiences..
Reviewed by Phyllis Wezeman