December 5, 2002
Devotional CD Produced By Whitworth Alumna Includes Contributions from Members of Whitworth Community
When Whitworth alumna Sara Singleton's son, Whitworth student James Singleton, '04, graduated from high school, the Singleton family celebrated with a trip to New York City. Once there, Sara Singleton, '98, saw masses of people isolated in their own auditory worlds as they listened to personal CD or MP3 players. She realized that many people don't often cross the threshold of a church, and miss out on the beautiful prayers and music that are part of many liturgical services. From these solitary hearts on the move Singleton witnessed in New York, her devotional CD, "Hearts on Pilgrimage," was born.
"Hearts on Pilgrimage" is a four-CD collection consisting of twenty 15-minute segments meant to be listened to during four five-day work weeks. The CD features contributions from Whitworth College faculty and alumni, including readings by Theatre Professor Emeritus Pat Stein, Adjunct Professor Kyle Storm, and alumnus Eric Peterson, '85. Professor of Religion Gerald Sittser and Religion Professor Emeritus Dale Bruner served as editors for the CD and alumnus Brian Gage, '91, was the graphic artist for the mock-up cover. The CD also includes a performance by the Whitworth Choir.
"The support that people from the Whitworth community provided on this CD is a testimony that when God wanted to get a beautiful expression of his heart out to the world, his people were found available and ready to serve right here at Whitworth College and among the alumni," Singleton says.
"Hearts on Pilgrimage," which Whitworth President Bill Robinson describes as "spiritually exquisite," includes readings from the Gospel of John and other Old Testament and New Testament passages, and features prayers written by St. Augustine, Martin Luther, Mother Teresa and Richard Foster. Along with the Whitworth Choir performance of "My Song in the Night," musical selections include pieces by JAC Radford, John Rutter and the Cambridge Singers, K. Lee Scott, and the St. Olaf and Concordia College Choirs from Minnesota.
Singleton created the devotional CD because she felt called to reach out to the people of the 21st century who face an ever-increasing pace of life and often have little personal contact with the vast treasury of prayers and musical repertoire of the church. The production of "Hearts on Pilgrimage" took Singleton an average of five hours a day, six days per week, over a period of 18 months to complete.
"My education at Whitworth gave me a solid Christian worldview, and a conviction that the word of God is for the world and that the word must be taken out to the world," Singleton says.
A registered nurse for 20 years, Singleton attempted to complete her B.A. degree while working and raising two children. At age 38 she became a full-time student in Whitworth's Liberal Studies program, in which she focused her studies on philosophy and religion. Singleton is currently attending Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. She will graduate in May 2004 and plans to become a pastor.
"The faith of my Whitworth professors and the character of their lives are some of the greatest markers upon my life," Singleton says of her experience at Whitworth.
To learn more about "Hearts on Pilgrimage" or to place an order, visit www.heartsonpilgrimage.com.
Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or firstname.lastname@example.org.