F602 Spring 2019 Breath of Heaven: The Poetry and Music of Amy Grant
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Mar. 27–Apr. 3
Instructor: Steve Goldman
Amy Grant is well known as a gospel and popular music singer. But Grant is also one of the most important Christian poets of our time. She speaks eloquently about complex and sensitive subjects that come alive in music that can be powerful, haunting, and often sublime. We will explore the multifaceted theological subjects that Grant addresses and how she provides insights and challenging answers to questions that religious communities and other seekers have grappled with for ages. One need not be a Christian to appreciate much of her diverse work, composed over several decades. We will also examine compositions written by other poets who were made famous by Amy Grant. The instructor will introduce each composition, followed by active class discussion. Topics include:
Mysticism: encountering the divine in daily life.
Overcoming low self-esteem without becoming self-important.
Seeking the light in every person through grace and humility.
Understanding and navigating through the problems of pain and suffering.
How did it feel to be Mary, mother of Jesus?
Steven C. Goldman is the chair of OLLI’s Religious Studies Program Planning Group and has taught numerous courses on alternative understandings of Biblical doctrine.