Magazine article Anglican Journal

Winning Hymn Inspired by Algoma Diocese's Motto

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Winning Hymn Inspired by Algoma Diocese's Motto

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Anglican musician Jane Best was a winner in a recent hymn competition centered on an unusual area-songs for congregation unaccompanied by instruments or choir.

Pepperdine .University based in Malibu, Calif., chose to focus on congregational singing in a hymn competition organized in conjunction with a June 4-7 conference on a cappella (unaccompanied) church singing.

Eight winners were chosen from 192 entries, among them Ms. Best's Walk in Newness of Life, inspired by a motto chosen by Bishop Ron Ferris for his diocese of Algoma, which stretches along the northern shore of the Great Lakes. One criterion for the competition entries was that "the average congregation with some practice or familiarity can sing (the hymn) with general success."

Ms. Best said in an interview, "I wrote the song to support the motto and my congregation sang it, so I knew it worked in my congregation." Based on Manitoulin Island, Ont. …

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