U2’s Bono says, “Music can change the world because it can change people.”

While I was rejoicing in the piano music of Sharon Hedges the other day, it struck me how much easier it is to work on issues of conscience under the inspiration of excellent music. Sharon weaves hymn tunes together in spontaneous compositions of power and beauty during the offertory at Littlestown’s Barts Centenary United Methodist Church. That ministry of melody, along with memories of the lyrics written for these tunes, brings me peace by “taking from my soul the strain and stress.” It also gives me a calm determination to carry on with social justice work, as did Whittier, the Abolitionist hymn-writer quoted above. All are invited to share the peace at the free Gun Sense Peace Concert at 3 p.m., tomorrow at St. James Lutheran Church.

Judy Young is a retired United Methodist pastor and a member of Gettysburg for Gun Sense.

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