“The Gospel According to Hamilton: From the Margins to the Center”

John 1: 43 – 46 – Jill A. Kirchner-Rose, MDIV, DMIN – We begin a new sermon series based on the electric, exhilarating, musically varied, harmonically rich musical, Hamilton. By casting the United States’ Founding Fathers as hip-hop singing men of color, the show radically revises our perspectives on the very meaning of this country’s origins. Hamilton is a story of modern revolution. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer and producer of Hamilton, moves people of color from the margins to the center. Jesus from the rural, back waters of Nazareth is moved from the margins to the center. Both Miranda and the Gospel beg the question, “How can we place those on the margins, those cast aside to the center stage in today’s world?”