Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

Academic journal article The Hymn

Editor's Notes

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Diverse in culture, nation, race, we come together by your grace.

God, let us be a meeting ground, where hope and healing love are found.

Ruth Duck's words beautifully express the way hymnody bridges both oceans and hearts. More than any previous time in history, congregational songs and hymns are being shared from continent to continent and sung across the entire globe. Some are newly written; many are texts and tunes beloved through the centuries.

Yet let us never forget that there there are communities where cross-cultural partnerships in hymnody are still waiting to be built. In this issue you will find the fascinating story of how one member of The Hymn Society responded, when a message came from Cameroon: "The worship here is vital and the singing is rich and lively, but we really need a hymnal to help with identity formation. Do you know anyone who could advise us?" As you read John Thornburg's "Summoned to Cameroon by e-mail," you will experience with him "the joy of seeing God's love uniting people across a series of boundaries.''

We are also pleased to share in this issue another feature that we hope will bring you delight. "Giving life to the word: Hymns on parables," was presented at The Hymn Society's annual conference last summer, on the campus of St. Olaf College. With script and commentary by former Lovelace Scholar Adam Tice, the presentation included leadership from many Lovelace Scholars, past and present. Since this hymn festival could be adapted for other settings, we commend it to you as a creative and lively interlacing of story and song. …

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