Agape: Songs of Hope and Reconciliation, edited by Maggie Hamilton and Päivi Jussila, was published by Oxford University Press in 2003 (the title, pronounced ‘A-ga-pay’, is a Greek term referring to the highest form of love: in Christianity, the love of God for humankind, and the reciprocal love of humans for God). It contains 110 items and was compiled for the 2003 meeting of the Lutheran World Federation Assembly, the theme of which was ‘For the Healing of the World’. Hamilton’s preface indicates that the collection aims to be representative of global Christianity and privileges no particular type or tradition of congregational song. She argues that ‘By singing songs from the...
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