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The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is pleased to announce the release of Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants, a collection of 46 hymns and songs available for free download from The Hymn Society's website (www.thehymnsociety.org).

For nearly 100 years, the work of The Hymn Society has included the promotion and creation of new hymns that respond to contemporary circumstances, inviting communities of faith to respond through song. The current concerns surrounding refugees and immigrants have stimulated many such songs, and this collection brings together works in a variety of musical styles which address this important matter.

The Singing Welcome Working Group (David Bjorlin; Benjamin Brody; Hilary Seraph Donaldson; Delores Dufner, OSB, FHS; Paul A. Richardson, FHS; and Eric Sarwar) was formed in early February 2017 to develop the new resource. Criteria were established, and a call for submissions was released. Over 200 hymns and songs were submitted for consideration, and through a blind review process, the working group selected 46 items. Benjamin Brody, convener of the working group states, "We are thrilled to offer this collection in service to the church and in response to the current crisis. Our hope and prayer is that these hymns and songs will serve to form and deepen a commitment to hospitality and enable worshiping communities to sing that commitment and welcome in new and engaging ways. …

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