News And Media Releases

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 […]

Updating the Bible?!? Working with Biblical Texts for Corporate Worship

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article originally appeared as a part of the Mennonite Church USA series on Voices Together. Melanie A. Howard, Ph.D. is the assistant professor and program director of Biblical and Theological Studies at Fresno Pacific University. She is a part of the worship community at Willow Avenue Mennonite Church in Fresno, California, where she regularly […]

A Prayer for Healing

Posted on: March 24th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

As Voices Together is undertaking permissions work (seeking copyright contracts) in this period between January and June, we offer a song and a worship resource that may speak into the disorientation of these days of COVID-19.  The following excerpt from the forthcoming Voices Together “Worship Leader Edition” frames some of the gifts received when worshiping […]

Three good reasons NOT to get Voices Together (And three bad ones)

Posted on: February 26th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article originally appeared as a part of the Mennonite Church USA series on Voices Together. Sarah Kathleen Johnson is the worship resources editor for Voices Together and the editor of the Voices Together: Worship Leader Edition. Originally from Waterloo, Ontario and currently based in Toronto, she is completing a PhD in theology at the University of […]

Why and how should we sing interculturally?

Posted on: January 30th, 2020 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article originally appeared as a part of the Mennonite Church USA series on Voices Together, a new worship and song collection coming fall 2020 from MennoMedia, in partnership with Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. By Katie Graber The Voices Together collection will include songs and worship resources in over 40 languages. This diversity represents […]

“‘Twas in the moon of wintertime” not included in new Mennonite hymnal

Posted on: December 17th, 2019 by Voices Together Hymnal

This article is part of the MCUSA series on Voices Together, and originally appeared on the Menno Snapshots blog. By Katie Graber and Geraldine Balzar   Geraldine Balzer (left), Katie Graber Choosing whether or not to include a song in Voices Together is more complicated than whether or not people like singing it. The song known as “Huron […]