Academic journal article The Hymn

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Academic journal article The Hymn

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Although I have flown from California to Texas numerous times, I still enjoy watching the changing perspective of the earth during the flight. Details of buildings, cars, and landscapes eventually disappear, obscured by altitude or cloud cover. Through breaks in clouds or on a clear day, it is interesting to watch the changing topography of the southwestern United States. From 32,000 feet I can see the geographic "big picture." This issue of THE HYMN features several articles that help us gain perspective in congregational song, either by providing specific details of congregational song or putting these details in context

"What Is a Hymn Heritage?" was a plenary address presented by Paul Westermeyer, F.H.S. at the Society's Ottawa conference. He approaches the "wide latitude" of a hymn heritage by defining hymn heritage as artifact, living, contextual, fractured, and in totality. Margaret Leask's compilation in "Hymnic Anniversaries" gives us a panoramic view of hymnic events through a detailed listing spanning the past 475 years.

This year we are featuring the conference destination article early so that readers can make plans to attend. Written by Donna Hamilton, "Conference 2008: Berkeley or Bust" provides a thorough overview of what Berkeley offers for conferees.

With the Winter issue comes a change in staff. Shirley Erena Murray and James Abbington have completed their year of writing the Hymn Interpretation and Hymn Performance columns. Both columnists provided pertinent perspectives in their areas of New Zealand and African American congregational song. …

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