News And Media Releases

Voices Together Committee Releases Statement on Language for God

Posted on: October 27th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Va. — When worshipers flip through the pages of Voices Together, or swipe through songs in the app, they will discover many different images of God. Images like Rock, Breath, and Creator appear alongside Father, Mother, Womb, and King. Pronouns including he/him and she/her are used to refer to God. Some familiar hymn texts […]

MennoMedia responds to news of sexual misconduct

Posted on: October 21st, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Va. — MennoMedia has recently learned that John Rempel’s ministerial credentials have been terminated by Mennonite Church Eastern Canada after an investigation into multiple complaints of ministerial sexual misconduct that stem from Rempel’s time serving as chaplain, residence director, and adjunct professor at Conrad Grebel University College from 1973 until 1989. “We are taking […]

MennoMedia releasing digital Voices Together products in October

Posted on: September 23rd, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Va. — As the release of Voices Together approaches, MennoMedia is making several adjustments to have products available as soon as possible. Print products will begin shipping in November and most digital products will be available in mid-October 2020. On October 19, the app versions of the pew edition, the accompaniment edition, and the […]

Voices Together snapshot of songs and resources

Posted on: September 18th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article is part originally appeared as a part of the Mennonite Church USA MennoSnapshots series on Voices Together. By Anneli Loepp Thiessen and Katie Graber   Early on Saturday morning, August 22, a highly anticipated 20-page PDF was uploaded to the Voices Together website: lists of the songs and resources in the new Mennonite hymnal. The information […]

Voices Together Contents Announced

Posted on: August 21st, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

MennoMedia releases full list of songs and resources included in new hymnal Harrisonburg, Va. — The full list of songs and resources included in Voices Together is now available. The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee has worked tirelessly over the past four years to create a collection that will serve the church for decades. That […]

Where will Dedication Anthem be placed in Voices Together?

Posted on: August 4th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

Committee announces #1 and Dedication Anthem placement   Harrisonburg, Va. — As Voices Together nears publication, the Mennonite Worship and Song Committee editorial team has assigned the roughly 750 songs across the table of contents and selected the song that will appear first in the collection. “The first hymn among the hundreds found in a […]

Replacing the songs of David Haas

Posted on: July 6th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article originally appeared as a part of the MCUSA series on Voices Together.   By Katie Graber, Sarah Kathleen Johnson, Anneli Loepp Thiessen   MennoMedia released a statement on Tuesday: in response to credible accusations of sexual abuse and spiritual manipulation by the hymn writer and composer David Haas, the committee compiling Voices Together has removed […]

Haas songs removed from Voices Together hymnal

Posted on: June 23rd, 2020 by Alyssa Bennett Smith

Changes made after accusations of serial sexual misconduct   The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee takes seriously the recent multiple accusations of serial sexual misconduct and spiritual manipulation by composer David Haas. Recently, Into Account and SNAP, two nonprofit organizations that specialize in advocating for survivors of abuse in church contexts, have been processing numerous […]

Ways to sing together if you are gathering online for worship

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

One of the most potent ways we cope with hardship is by singing and praying together. Amid the loss of in-person gathering, congregations have shown a tremendous amount of creativity, whether worshiping via video conference platforms such as Zoom, live-streaming a service, or pre-recording the service. While we deeply feel the loss of the ability to […]

Copyrights during COVID-19

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article originally appeared as a part of the Mennonite Church USA series on Voices Together.   By Katie Graber and Bradley Kauffman Copyrights background Copyright laws and procedures protect intellectual property and pay people who make a living or supplement livelihood through artistic creation. Compensating artists is a material way to acknowledge and support […]