Guest Editors The Rev Prof June Boyce-Tillman ( and Dr Stephen Roberts

 Dear Colleagues,

This will be a cross-disciplinary issue exploring music set in various contexts that can be seen to include a spiritual dimension, however this is defined. It will include educational, performance, ritual and healing contexts. It will examine how music has been used in various cultures for spiritual purposes in religious and outside religious contexts. These will potentially include education, therapy, ritual, performance, composition, theology and religious studies, using an academics from various disciplines. It will examine the interface between culture, religion and spirituality and wellbeing, music and spirituality exploring the social, spiritual and political aspects of wellbeing and spirituality. Publication will be in September 30th 2022


The topics welcome in this Special Issue would include areas such as:

  • The spirituality of the Japanese shakuhachi;
  • Contemporary Christian worship music in Christian spirituality;
  • Music and worship in a digital age;
  • Congregational singing in the RC church post Vatican II;
  • Spiritual approaches to the environment in music education;
  • Virtues and spirituality;
  • The spirituality of the djembe drum;
  • Musical rituals as reconciliation in South Africa;
  • Music and peace-building;

If you intend to submit, send an abstract to one of the editors by October 30th 2021

Timetable: Drafts of full article by March 31st 2022, Final submission by June 30th 2022

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) will be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on the website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1200 CHF (Swiss Francs) but it is likely that fee waivers will be available. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords: music, musicking, spirituality, wellbeing, religion, ritual, eudaimonia (personal and societal), society





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