Saturday morning, 11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
New Hymnal Preview: “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism: An African American Ecumenical Hymnal” with James Abbington, FHS*
Scheduled for release by GIA Publications in 2018, this new volume contains and represents many diverse styles and genres, including traditional ecumenical hymns, contemporary texts written for the 21st Century church, praise and worship selections, music from Taizé, responsorial psalmody, Negro spirituals, and traditional and contemporary gospel music.
I Am Your Mother: Singing Creation – Singing Hope with C. Michael Hawn, FHS *
An overview of how creation theology has evolved from Francis of Assisi (“All Creatures of Our God and King”) through the 21st century with the idea that there is little hope for peace (shalom) among people unless we take care for the resources of the natural created order.
Building (and re-building) Sacred Memory: Hospitalities for Transforming a Congregation’s Repertoire with Jorge Lockward
The need for a worship life that speaks, relates and informs our times is crucial and urgent. The faithful, continued and renewed building of sacred memory is at the heart of the Christian Tradition. The songs we sing are icons and vehicles of this sacred memory. This workshop will explore and engage tested and practical strategies for deep and long-term transformation of a congregation’s heart-repertoire.
Saturday afternoon, 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.
From Racism to Grace-ism via Hymns and Spirituals with D’Walla Simmons-Burke
Maestra D’Walla Simmons-Burke, speaks of a yearning for freedom that endures from the time of slavery through these rancorous days we find ourselves in today. These spirituals are an outcry from an unjust place, providing a soundtrack for the journey ahead. They give voice to the sorrows of the past and present. Take part in this reconciliation process with “The Burke Singers” and Maestra Simmons-Burke. “Reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.” President Nelson Mandela and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Introducing The Center for Congregational Song with Brian Hehn
Come learn about this newly launched initiative of The Hymn Society from its Director. Not only will we explore the key concepts and guiding stances of our ecumenical work, you will get a first-hand look at the new Resource-Connection-Tool, which is a ground-breaking new resource designed to connect church musicians to books, blogs, articles, podcasts, clinicians, etc. – all centered around congregational song.
Sacred Songs & Social Justice Reading Session with Mark A. Miller
For a number of years Mark Miller has been writing congregational music offering affirmation and empowerment particularly to LGBTQ persons, people of color, and also for all those committed to the struggle for justice. The reading session will explore Miller’s newest book “Roll Down, Justice!’” and other recent original songs that respond to today’s urgent social justice questions.
Choir Rehearsal for Closing Hymn Festival
Anyone wishing to participate in a “pick-up choir” for the closing festival, report to the Sanctuary for rehearsal and instructions led by the presenters, Michael Hawn and Jorge Lockward.
*Fellow of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada