Six church musicians and scholars explain why treasures and challenges in African American worship traditions apply to churches in any cultural context.

 “This learning is for the whole church, because the gifts and treasures that have emerged from African American churches are blessing so many churches all over the world. We can name, celebrate and cherish these gifts—and learn from challenges faced in African American churches,” John Witvliet said before two panel discussions at the 2015 Calvin Symposium on Worship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Witvliet is director of the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship.

The following is compiled from panelists’ written and spoken responses to these questions: More…