To Our Readers

To Our Readers:

We are pleased to present the Fall 2015 issue of The Yale ISM Review. Published by Yale Institute of Sacred Music, the Review is a biannual, open-access online publication serving practitioners in the fields of sacred music, worship, and the related arts. You are invited to join us for stimulating discussions, enriched by contributions from Yale faculty and others who are leaders in their fields.

Our current issue is organized around the theme of water—that basic human element that plays such an important role in our lives, and thus appears in worship and the arts in myriad ways.

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~ Rita Ferrone, editor
November 15, 2015

Table of Contents

In this Issue

On the Cover

A Blessing Over Waters

The Water Worlds of John Muir

Praying for Rain in the California Drought

Ten Fathom Ledge

Walking on Water-Azurite


Water in the Book of Common Prayer

Why We Need an Altar Call to the Font

A ‘Saguaro Church’ at Worship

The Rain: A Funeral Story

Stormy Weather: A Homiletic Essay

Hope Travels Below Sea Level

Water and the Spirit