Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition 2011

Academic journal article The Hymn

Macalester Plymouth Hymn Competition 2011

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Macalester Plymouth United Church of St. Paul, Minnesota, is pleased to announce the winners of our church's 2011 hymn contest. Our sixteenth annual contest was a search for hymns that express dismay over the growing gap between rich and poor and call the church to action to work for greater economic equality. The judges selected three hymns as equal co-winners. The Hymn Society is proud to note that all three are members of our Society.

Norman J. Goreham of Auckland, New Zealand, submitted the hymn "Seek the welfare of the city." Goreham is a presbyter in the Methodist Church of New Zealand, having served churches in England, West Africa, and the U.S.A. before setting in New Zealand in 1976. Born and educated in England, he developed a love of Christian hymns as a boy during the Second World War when his mother would sing hymns to her family during air raids to keep everyone's spirits up.

John Core of Morgantown, West Virginia, another co-winner, entered the contest with "We learned the first part long ago. …

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