Steve Schallert

worship as protest

STEVE SCHALLERT IS AN INTERNATIONAL SPEAKER, ACTIVIST, MUSICIAN AND AVID DISCIPLE OF THE NONVIOLENT JESUS. HAVING TRAVELED TO OVER 50 COUNTRIES AND WITNESSING ALONG THE WAY THE BEST AND WORST THAT HUMANITY IS CAPABLE OF, STEVE SEEKS TO CHAMPION AND EQUIP PEOPLE FOR ACTIVE PEACEMAKING & WORKS OF JUSTICE THROUGH BUILDING COMPASSION FOR THE POOR AND SPURRING ON IMAGINATION.

ANOTHER WORLD IS POSSIBLE… SO LET'S SING ABOUT IT /// 

It’s been a wild ride after a hiatus of almost seven years from making music to feel the tug back into the studio. These seven years have been slammed full of life, family, kids, traveling the nations, life in war torn countries, witnessing violence, poverty, racism, putting up a fight against those realities, failures, growth, death, life - you name it. They have also been slammed full of meaningful relationships with marginalized communities scattered all across God's world who are doing outlandishly beautiful things in often outlandishly difficult situations as they try to follow Jesus and give a witness that another world is indeed possible. 

As I have traveled this world I have found myself consistently turning to music, once again, as a primary tool to try to make sense of it all. "Making sense" is something I think we all tend to try and do, which is why I believe worship is such an instrumental part of the life of faith. As I've journeyed I have personally found a tremendous solace in the joint histories of African American spirituals (particularly the sorrow songs), folk music, various streams of protest music, as well as anglo/catholic spirituality and liturgy. The intersection of those wildly contrasting traditions seemed far and wide to me for years until one day I realized something... 

WORSHIP is PROTEST /// 

The unifying reality of all the aforementioned streams is one of a "voice crying out in the wilderness" for another world and another way. One sitting in the tension of the violence of our world, choosing to see it as it really is, while still trusting stubbornly in the reality of Resurrection. Like grass wiggling it's way through the cracks of concrete, worship, at its core is the affirmation that the concrete slab is bound to break and give way to something new. 

"SONGS OF SORROW / SONGS OF HOPE" is my attempt to reaffirm the place of lamentation within the world of congregational worship music. My prayer is that these songs, songs written all over the world in all kind of circumstances, will be both a comfort and a challenge to communities of faith. A comfort and affirmation for all of us who mourn and struggle and weep and doubt and a challenge for us all to love deeper and wider and more recklessly. 

Peace be with you, 
Steve Schallert


Steve Schallert is an international speaker, activist, musician and avid disciple of the nonviolent Jesus. Having traveled to over 50 countries and witnessing along the way the best and worst that humanity is capable of, Steve seeks to champion and equip people for active peacemaking & works of justice through building compassion for the poor and spurring on imagination.