As mainline religions struggle to redefine themselves to be relevant and authentic in the world, sacred music continues to point to the Divine by acknowledging the authentic need for human beings to connect with the heart of the Eternal. This course will address historical and current aspects of Sacred Music through readings, lectures, class discussion, music listening and attendance both at liturgies and concerts, thereby deepening understandings and insights of the significance and necessity of sacred music in the contexts of both sacred worship and secular society.