Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

Academic journal article The Hymn

From the Executive Director

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Dear Members and Friends,

The summer season brings with it The Hymn Society's Annual Conference. My sense from attending this event over the past few years is that it's way more than a conference. Yes, there is plenty of conferring, meeting, consulting, and discussing-the standard elements of conferences everywhere. Yet this event includes so much more, experiences that are difficult to communicate through advertising, announcements, web posts, or social media messages.

It strikes me that for those of us who gather at the Annual Conference, membership matters-and is far more than a matter of paying dues. We share a common passion for congregational song and a belief that "the holy act of singing together shapes faith, heals brokenness, transforms lives, and renews peace."

We are people who enjoy serious study and serious discussions, but we also want to sing together, which is why the Annual Conference provides plenty of opportunities for communal singing: five hymn festivals, daily morning prayer, and more.

Members who gather at the Annual Conference appreciate the rich diversity of those they meet there. We are scholars, teachers, students, textwriters, composers, songwriters, music directors, song leaders, pastors, and others who bring unique perspectives and varied experiences to the task of fostering congregational song. The Annual Conference brings together members of various races, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, age groups, sexual orientations, genders, and gender identities. …

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