Church Simplified

Holy Whore


The Church is a whore, but she is my mother.
– St. Augustine of Hippo

I’ve been involved in Church work for my entire life. When I was a kid, aside from religious obligations like Mass, I would tag along with my parents on their mission work every week. When I became a teenager, I realized I wanted to serve God and others as a career. So eventually I became a fulltime mission worker. It was a wonderfully reckless career path with no prospect of ever getting rich. I felt like a true rebel, the epitome of a non-conformist. God would be my reward – not women, money or power. It all felt very dangerous, the way I wanted to be. I was truly happy and content. Such was the case for over a decade.

But one day, it all blew up in my face. A series of bad experiences among people within the Church spurred my doubts. So I grew sick and tired of the whole idea of being involved in a Church community. I never doubted my love for Jesus; but I guess the lifestyle just wore me down. It wasn’t Jesus who was the problem. It was His followers and their crazy little rituals, their odd practices, their boring events and awkward jargon that pissed me off. Most of all, it was peoples’ hypocrisy. I was sick of people preaching Jesus, and yet acting very un-Christlike – at least in my opinion.

And I wasn’t alone! Over the years, I had met many people who told me that “the Church is full of hypocrites.” Some were quite militant about this idea; and I never thought I’d be one of them. This idea – of hypocrisy in the Church – served as their guiding light away from the epicenter of Church life. This idea continues to lead many out the doors of parishes and sanctuaries, or at best to the very margins – the back pews and doorways – where they can observe at a safe distance and make a quick getaway right after communion, or before the final song ends.

I never thought I would join that club. The group of people at the margins who had issues with Catholicism, or Christianity or anybody who claimed a special “relationship” with Jesus. But I did. I joined the club. After all, I was burned by people in my Church community. I had an excuse. The Church deserved my disdain and lack of participation.

I wish I could tell you that I found peace this way. But I didn’t. There was a series of events that convinced me I needed to remain attached to the Church in some way.

And one piece in that complicated puzzle was that quote by St Augustine: “The Church is a whore, but she is my mother.”

The phrase haunted me. And so I ruminated on it. Let it sink in. Swished it around my mouth attempting to taste the finer aspects of its flavor. It was at first a bitter taste; but it was eventually one that I acquired because it was a real and true flavor. Yes, it was true. Sometimes truth is an acquired taste because we struggle to get over our bias and prejudice.

To be candid, I had no problems with seeing the Church as a whore. After a lifetime of being deeply involved in it, I was aware of her many flaws. But to see her as an inescapable part of my heritage and future – my mother?! – that was a tough pill to swallow. What about all those jerks who used faith to justify the abuse of innocent people? What about sex-offending priests and greedy pastors? What about stuck up, close-minded leadership? What about hypocrites and spiritual fakes? It seemed like too much for me to put faith in. But I felt as though God wanted me to do just that: have a little faith in people, in the collective Church, with all its flaws and failings. In doing this, I began to come to grips with the reality that I was not free from guilt, either. I had my own list of sins I had committed in the name of faith and it would have been further hypocrisy to deny it.

Augustine’s view doesn’t condone the bad behavior of the so-called faithful, no. But it does speak of God’s commitment to humanity in spite of their behavior. For sure, God does not excuse sin. But His persistent kindness moves us to consider change. It’s the mystery of iniquity that where sin is, love has the greatest opportunity to shine.

And so I’m trying to embrace the double-edged sword that is the Church. I’m trying to dance with this woman of mystery that she is. Yes, we are a flawed, messed up group replete with hypocrites and sinners. We don’t even agree on theology all the time. But yes, Christ is crazy about the Church, so much so that throughout Scripture His main point is that He wants to marry us. It feels weird to think of things this way, but it’s all over the Bible. From beginning to middle to end, the analogy of marriage is repeated time and again by the various authors of scripture as if to say that this is the big point:

God loves the Church as a man loves a woman He wishes to marry.
He will do anything for her; even give His life just so they can be one.
She is his beloved.

Now, if God is so crazy about the Church, slutty and sinful as she is, maybe – just maybe – we could consider giving her a chance. Perhaps if we accepted the reality that the Church is flawed, we’d stop expecting perfection from it. We could forgive others and ourselves. And we could love the Church for what it is: a band of imperfect sinners struggling to get to heaven, together.


About the writer

Kiddo Cosio is a professional editor, compulsive songwriter, ex-missionary and newbie husband. He and his wife Amy are expecting their first baby, Cadence. When they aren’t juggling married life and work, you’ll probably find them at the beach trying to catch as many waves as they can. Visit them online at http://iseegodinthat.tumblr.com.

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18 Comments

  • marcoluis posted 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hey Kiddo,

    Awesome article, bro.  Really.  Congratulations on you and Amy getting pregnant! See you when I get back in late June. 

    Best,
    Marco (Martin’s brother)

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 3 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Marco! Thanks for the good vibes bro.

  • Jeff Cortez posted 3 years ago

    Excellent article Kiddo. An eye openner for me…went thru the same struggles and now understanding the need to be part of the churchh. Thanks for this bro!

  • Kristiyano posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Call the bride of Jesus Christ a whore will you? What in God’s name do you think the church is?
    Nell (part of the bride)

  • Kristiyano posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Lover:
    How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh how beautiful! (Songs 1:15, 4:1)
    All beautiful you are, my darling; there is no flaw in you. (Songs 4:7)
    You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride; you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain. (Songs 4:12)

    And then here’s some created men calling, “YOUR BRIDE’S A WHORE!”

    Might as well be asking for, “I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.” (Mt.7:23)

    Such insult to Deity.. Redeemed humanity is God’s perfect gift to His Son. God’s love for His Son is such that He will give the full reward worthy of His suffering. Call the bride of Jesus Christ a whore will you… If you’re part of someone looking like a whore and sleeping around with the world, but saying that she’s the bride, well…Mt.7:23.


    Nell (part of the bride)

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Kristiyano!

    Grace and peace.

    No offense is meant by this post. Those words were spoken by a saint/theologian/bishop of the early Church named Augustine and I merely quoted and built upon his words in order to make (and reiterate) a point: the Church, is flawed. Very flawed, in fact. So much so that a lot of people want nothing to do with it. If you grasp the essence of this piece, the point isn’t that we are flawed, but that God loves the Church madly and desires to be united with her, His Bride, in spite of her sins and failures. Therefore, we can give the Church a chance. We can see our own flaws and come to change our attitudes about the Church, and participate in being the Bride.

    Truth be told, when compared to a perfect God, the Church is but a “wretch” (to quote the classic hymn, “Amazing Grace” by William) and if you read and study the book of the prophet Hosea, you will understand that the term “whore” is very scriptural. If you read the narrative of the Old Testament, it is constantly speaking of mankind’s broken condition. Yes, God it is scriptural to say that God sees us as beautiful. But it is also scriptural to see ourselves as very sinful. Those two realities aren’t mutually exclusive.

    To be candid, I didn’t have devout Christians in mind when writing this piece. I had in mind those who have been jaded, hurt and disenfranchised due to bad experiences within the Church. As a writer, I’ve found that it helps to examine things from the perspective of those you wish to speak to. And as a Christian, I’ve found that humbly owning up to our flaws as human beings within the Church is far more effective in leading people to Christ than highlighting that we are good. As St Paul wrote to the Church in Corinth:

    “If I must boast, I will boast of things that show my weakness.” (2 Cor 11:30)

    Furthermore, God says to Paul:

    ““My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9)

    Sincerely,
    Kiddo (the author)

  • roastedtruck posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Kiddo!

    Interesting post. Which church are you referring to? Augustine of Hippo was part of the Roman church but influenced reformed theology. Early Calvinists and reformers refered to many of his writings. So while Augustine influenced what eventually would be the Protestant Church, he never broke free from the Roman church system.

    I do see though, that you are writing more on personal flaws within the church rather than doctrine and church tradition. Augustine was referring to the latter.

    There are many churches today, but only one is the bride of Christ. The Church is composed of Christians; and not everyone who says they’re Christian and call Jesus Lord, actually IS one. 

    Matt 7:21-23
    “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

    False churches are seen as whores by God because they compromise their faith with other pagan practices. They flirt with and practice superstition, magic, encantations, even religious traditions as the pharisees did then. Many religious systems still offer similar practices today.

    Jesus addressed several churches in Revelation 2-3 and He is a King who demands purity.

    - He warned the church of Ephesus to repent for they love their ministry more than their love for God.
    - He warned the church of Pergamos to repent for their immorality and tendency to compromise their faith
    with mixed traditions from pagans.
    - He warned the church of Thyatira to repent for their sexual immorality. (also in the spiritual sense)
    - He warned the church of Sardis to repent whos works were all for show but are dead in spirit.
    - He warned the church of Laodicea that He will spit them out for being lukewarm (what we can call today Sunday Christians)

    Jesus warned BUT He also encouraged.

    He commended the church in Philadelphia for keeping his Word and have not denied His name. He promised to keep this church from the hour of trial because they persevered persecution and did not give in to the lusts of the world and for exhibiting brotherly love for one another.

    See, Jesus demands purity from His Church - His bride. It’s true that the church is flawed with personal sins but the people who make up the church - the ones that see their need for forgiveness, have turned away from sin, repented and cling on to Jesus for salvation - these are the ones who make up the bride. Flawed as they are, because of the blood that covers them, they are no longer seen as flawed. NOT because God turns a blind eye to their sins, but because the blood of Christ covers them. (Romans 5:9) As a congregation, they set themselves apart for Christ - not by their own strength, but by the strength of His spirit. Able to persevere and keep herself from the lusts of the world, ready and presentable to the groom.

    Leo

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Leo, I happen to be a Catholic. I know this potentially opens up a pandora’s box of possibility for a lot of debate about who’s in and who’s out, who is the “right” Church and who isn’t. I will not delve into the issue, because obviously I’ll think some people are “in” and others may disagree and we’ll get nowhere. I’ve found that discussion would best be done in person.  I’m of the school of thought that we are all the Church, that there are a lot of lines that have been drawn over the centuries: differences in theology, liturgy, interpretation of scripture etc. Nevertheless, we can still celebrate the saving power of Christ together, as one. We can agree about many important truths.


    My main scriptural reference for this piece is really the entire book of Hosea. There, the prostitute Gomer is a prophetic type of God’s people, and Hosea prophetically demonstrated the love that God has for an undeserving bride, His people. If only “false” Churches were the “whore”, then the message of Hosea—that God sticks with His people in spite of their unfaithfulness—doesn’t really make sense. Because Hosea did stick with the prostitute Gomer. And if Gomer merely represents the nation of Israel, then it doesn’t really have much relevance in scripture for the global Church in the modern age, does it? But the Canon has deemed Hosea to be the Word of God, and rightly so. We let it speak to us, here and now, this timeless Word of God. We hold on to this beautiful truth that God’s Word communicates in such a poetic way: that God loves us. Period.


    We Christians will always find things to disagree upon, within our without the confines of our respective denominations. You do not agree with my view that the Church is a “whore” and yet God’s bride. That is OK.


    Like I said to Kristiyano, the point of this piece is God’s love for a flawed humanity. Let us celebrate the “big” truths: that God is love; that salvation is through Christ; that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us; that it is God’s will for all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.


    I know this is gonna be a long discussion and ultimately, we’re going to have to agree to disagree about some points we each deem important. But I’m not ruling you out of the Church, I’m not saying you aren’t saved. I hope you would not do the same to me, or any member of a denomination that isn’t yours, or anyone who sincerely pursues truth. God’s love is for us!


    Peace, brother.

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Just thought it beneficial to direct peoples’ attention to the overarching point in this piece:


    “God loves the Church as a man loves a woman He wishes to marry.
    He will do anything for her; even give His life just so they can be one.
    She is his beloved.”

  • Kristiyano posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Oh Kiddo, you seem like a real kind guy. It hurts me to tell you this: The problem with you is you don’t know what the church is. The bride

    of Christ is a virgin and she is beautiful. She is weak, frail, broken, yes—but she isn’t a whore.

    I myself came from a staunch Roman Catholic background (OK you know where this is going), even wanted to be a priest before.. No problem with

    my faith and tradition, we had many Bibles at home, I read a few pages from time to time, but we never were taught how to interpret Scripture

    nor even read it for ourselves. No wonder, it’s just this year I learned that it was stated in Vatican II, “the task of giving an authentic

    interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office

    of the Church alone”.

    RC Catechisms echo this teaching that the teaching is not anymore a matter of opinion or interpretation. It was a doctrinal fact in RC, but

    we were never told that we couldn’t delight in God’s Word nor rely on the Holy Spirit’s counsel in our lives, that we must have priests and

    bishops [of questionable character] regurgitate the Bible to us. Have you ever seen or heard of Catholics who ask their priests and bishops

    to teach the Bible to them? I know I don’t. :-(

    For more than a year I attended two megachurches here in Manila during the morning and then RC Mass during the evening. My friends there knew

    it and didn’t have a problem with it, and all was well with the world. It would seem CS doesn’t have a problem with it as well. But by God’s

    amazing grace I was called to repentance and out of the Roman Catholic Church… As I began studying the Bible and looking into RCC from

    outside, I saw that RC has fallen short, far short, of the biblical church. To make it short, Augustine would have been right to call it a

    whore, and in parallel God is so loving to call His people to come out of Babylon in fear, lest they share in her judgment.

    If it were just me I’d just close the Bible and believe that my friends and family are living a life of repentance and faith on Jesus Christ

    as well. It would certainly be easier that way, but instead of the gospel of grace they are taught “sacraments” and “works”, and they have no

    assurance of heaven from the Holy Spirit. Without the power of regeneration and sanctification in their lives, it breaks my heart seeing them

    lured by sin day by day, not knowing how free it is to be a slave to Christ. To this day I still pray about them and I don’t back down from

    sharing with them the “foolish” Gospel. Yes they get offended and heckle me sometimes, but that’s a small price to pay than their souls in

    Hell and their blood on my head.. I just can’t have peace keeping this God-given knowledge to myself.

    Kiddo once again you seem to be a nice guy and I would like to avoid an argument as well. My goal for an explanation is for you and your

    readers to start questioning things, seeking to know the truth. I see no harm in that.. Be sure of which things are true and which are lies,

    which are heaven-bound and which are hell-bent. RCC authority seems to hold ignorance with a premium as they aren’t letting us study the

    Bible ourselves (even though sound exegesis and inductive study can be readily taught), and neither are they teaching us the critical dogma

    recorded in the thousands of pages from the Vatican archives (most of which you deny, you’re proclaimed accursed).

    Please exalt the authority of God’s Word Kiddo, I urge you, your wife and your readers to imitate the Bereans as well.. The Bereans were the

    ones being taught by the apostle Paul, such high authority, but Paul commended them for holding God’s Word as the standard over him.

    Think of Jesus.†††

  • Kristiyano posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    [So sorry about the formatting issue above. Typed in Notepad..]
    Oh Kiddo, you seem like a real kind guy. It hurts me to tell you this: The problem with you is you don’t know what the church is. The bride of Christ is a virgin and she is beautiful. She is weak, frail, broken, yes—but she isn’t a whore.

    I myself came from a staunch Roman Catholic background (OK you know where this is going), even wanted to be a priest before.. No problem with my faith and tradition, we had many Bibles at home, I read a few pages from time to time, but we never were taught how to interpret Scripture nor even read it for ourselves. No wonder, it’s just this year I learned that it was stated in Vatican II, “the task of giving an authentic interpretation of the Word of God, whether in its written form or in the form of Tradition, has been entrusted to the living teaching office of the Church alone”.

    RC Catechisms echo this teaching that the teaching is not anymore a matter of opinion or interpretation. It was a doctrinal fact in RC, but we were never told that we couldn’t delight in God’s Word nor rely on the Holy Spirit’s counsel in our lives, that we must have priests and bishops [of questionable character] regurgitate the Bible to us. Have you ever seen or heard of Catholics who ask their priests and bishops to teach the Bible to them? I know I don’t. :-(

    For more than a year I attended two megachurches here in Manila during the morning and then RC Mass during the evening. My friends there knew it and didn’t have a problem with it, and all was well with the world. It would seem CS doesn’t have a problem with it as well. But by God’s amazing grace I was called to repentance and out of the Roman Catholic Church… As I began studying the Bible and looking into RCC from outside, I saw that RC has fallen short, far short, of the biblical church. To make it short, Augustine would have been right to call it a whore, and in parallel God is so loving to call His people to come out of Babylon in fear, lest they share in her judgment.

    If it were just me I’d just close the Bible and believe that my friends and family are living a life of repentance and faith on Jesus Christ as well. It would certainly be easier that way, but instead of the gospel of grace they are taught “sacraments” and “works”, and they have no assurance of heaven from the Holy Spirit. Without the power of regeneration and sanctification in their lives, it breaks my heart seeing them lured by sin day by day, not knowing how free it is to be a slave to Christ. To this day I still pray about them and I don’t back down from sharing with them the “foolish” Gospel. Yes they get offended and heckle me sometimes, but that’s a small price to pay than their souls in Hell and their blood on my head.. I just can’t have peace keeping this God-given knowledge to myself.

    Kiddo once again you seem to be a nice guy and I would like to avoid an argument as well. My goal for an explanation is for you and your readers to start questioning things, seeking to know the truth. I see no harm in that.. Be sure of which things are true and which are lies, which are heaven-bound and which are hell-bent. RCC authority seems to hold ignorance with a premium as they aren’t letting us study the Bible ourselves (even though sound exegesis and inductive study can be readily taught), and neither are they teaching us the critical dogma recorded in the thousands of pages from the Vatican archives (most of which you deny, you’re proclaimed accursed).

    Please exalt the authority of God’s Word Kiddo, I urge you, your wife and your readers to imitate the Bereans as well.. The Bereans were the ones being taught by the apostle Paul, such high authority, but Paul commended them for holding God’s Word as the standard over him.

    Think of Jesus.†††

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Thanks for your concern, Kristiyano. I sincerely appreciate it and laud you for what looks to me like a sincere pursuit of truth. I have no problem with you finding faith in Christ outside the Roman Catholic Church. I love Protestants and Evangelicals! In fact, I owe part of my deep love for Scripture to a lot of evangelical influences in my life: pastors, friends, etc. However, it would be inaccurate for me to say that I believe a life outside Catholicism is the most scriptural way for me to live, otherwise, obviously I’d leave Roman Catholicism. There are many perspectives within Christianity, and just because we differ, doesn’t mean that only one of our groups is going to heaven. Could the “bride” be bigger than what you have in mind? We can agree to disagree on some points, because this really is an enormous conversation that has been going on for centuries! I may be wrong (and so may you) but in the end I have tremendous faith in a God who loves us all madly.


    It seems that you and I have drastically different experiences within the Catholic Church, and that is unfortunate. I am quite familiar with Vatican II and the essence of what it is getting at. In no way does it imply that Scripture is to be “regurgitated” (def: vomited, thrown up) by the clergy. In fact, it upholds the leading of the Holy Spirit quite a bit. What it does teach is that we look to the office of the hierarchy as scholars and teaching authorities, as leaders. This does not inhibit exploration, individual study or the leading of the Holy Spirit. It does not promote ignorance at all. In fact our liturgy is chock-full of Scripture, from the words of the prayers, to the readings, etc. Anyway, I’m not here to prove to you that the Catholic Church is valid. You will believe what you want to believe and I respect that.


    As you’ve appealed to me, I also appeal to you: blessed are the peacemakers – make peace. Rather than tell people how “out” they are, simply shine your light; people will see your good deeds and glorify the Lord. After all, a tree is known by its fruit. Trust in the love of God and the ministry of the Holy Spirit at work in the world. God wills that all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth; trust that God is powerful enough to get what He wants: salvation for all mankind.


    Also, pray for us Catholics, my friend, because you are right to an extent – the Church has fallen short in many, many ways. But I urge you to change your mindset that we are generally damned. How sad it is to be Filipino if you are right about the damnation of Catholics! Yes, there are many Catholics who are lost – as there are many non-Catholics who are lost too. Let’s pray for each other and follow Jesus the best way we can. In the end, it’s literally all in God’s hands. May His love and mercy cover us all.

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Kristiyano: On a more personal note, “OUCH!”

  • valerie posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    i was at the fort with my friend when we saw this amazing wall of white papers filled with messages of love and gratitude. after appreciating the messages, and writing some ourselves, i saw a pile of black pamphlets on the sides. we’re about to leave, but for some reasons i was drawn to it so i grabbed one and put it inside the paperbag i was carrying. a few minutes ago, i suddenly remembered it, so i looked for it and began reading. im still bedazzled with what ive read, and i have a lot going on my mind. im really moved and touched. i dont usually write comments, but i cant pass on this one. what can i say? this is just exactly what i needed. thanks so much. smile

    by the way, can i repost this? smile i think a lot of people may want to read this. smile

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 12 months ago

    Hi Valerie!


    That’s great to hear. I really wrote this having in mind a particular type of person—someone who has had trouble finding their place in the greater body of the Church. Needless to say, I have been such a person.


    Would be great if more people could read, so go ahead and re-post this! Feel free to link to http://www.churchsimplified.com too.


    I also keep a personal blog at http://www.iseegodinthat.tumblr.com and would love to have you and your friends join the conversation over there. Thanks for reading; comments like yours keep me writing. All the best!

  • Andy posted 2 years, 3 months ago

    Kiddo, i know this might be weird to receive a comment to something you’ve written quite a while back, but I also want to thank you for sharing these thoughts and for being real. I’m one of those who can easily identify with your message. Loved and fully agree with your replies in the comments section as well.

    I have gone through a similar pathway in relation to the Church. I got burned by both the Catholic Church, and by a Protestant church I joined later. I still try to pursue God the best I can, and am learning anew to love the Church with its many expressions and facets. Scars take time to heal, and while inwardly I understand the concept of the Church as a flawed, but deeply loved and forgiven Bride, I’m also dealing with the fact that I am afraid to be bruised and hurt again by the folks who make up the Church. I’m well aware that my capacity to love, to forgive and forget is very limited compared to Christ… but that’s what our journey is all about, isn’t it - to grow and become more Christ-like, to be a little more loving and forgiving today. Your piece affirmed and encouraged me in pursuing this truth. Thanks!

  • Kiddo Cosio posted 2 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Andy,

    Really appreciate your kind words. I understand where you’re coming from and join you in the pursuit of truth and the wonderful experience that is knowing Jesus. It’s always good to know that we’re not alone in our experiences. Hope to meet you in person sometime—maybe at CS at 2nd’s!

  • Nikko posted 2 years ago

    I got a hold of your article via Facebook, from a friend who also serves as a Lector/Commenator like me. At first, I kept on sharing it in my Facebook groups, without being able to read the article first, hahaha

    When I read it, I was affirmed. I pretty much have the same scenario, repeatedly, in church during services and formation activities. I belong to a small community of Neocatechumens where we study the bible intensely that it came to a point where my expectations of fellow Catholics, most especially those in my small community, grew so high. And yet, thank God for some progressive priests and friends from the Protestant side, I realized how much my pride is hurting my journey with God. If God Himself loves these people, loves me, despite all our inadequacies, then who am I to judge them or myself?

    Thank you Kiddo. This article touched me in so many ways and affirmed my path. God bless you and your family, always.

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