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Group focused on worship practices gathers as part of the Voices Together project

Posted on: September 6th, 2018 by Voices Together Hymnal

Voices Together Central Worship Practices Committee will seek input this fall   HARRISONBURG, Va. — In addition to considering the songs we sing in worship, a group of people is taking a look at the words and actions that accompany central worship practices such as baptism, communion, child blessing, and funerals. Six people who have […]

Hymnal volunteer hours valued at $296,280 annually

Posted on: August 29th, 2018 by Voices Together Hymnal

HARRISONBURG, Va. — Producing a new hymnal is a major undertaking. A project of this significance takes many hours and substantial funding. Before the Voices Together hymnal is ever produced, MennoMedia will spend approximately $700,000 in production and development costs. As this significant monetary figure is one crucial part of the momentum behind Voices Together, […]

Creating a hymnal cover

Posted on: June 26th, 2018 by Voices Together Hymnal

Designers, editors, and marketers weigh in on Voices Together process First impressions are important. A great book cover catches your eye in three seconds and you pick it up to read further or you move on. As people who sing to articulate our faith, Mennonites care a lot about the cover of their hymnals, as hymnals […]

Voices Together announced as title for new hymnal

Posted on: June 1st, 2018 by Voices Together Hymnal

Matching gift campaign for hymnal launched by Everence and MCC U.S.; option for matching gifts also launches in Canada   HARRISONBURG, Va.—The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together. “In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and cover survey we […]

Resonate committee members visit diverse congregations as part of hymnal project

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by Voices Together Hymnal

Resonate committee members visit diverse congregations as part of hymnal project HARRISONBURG, Va.— Bradley Kauffman, Katie Graber, and Darryl Neustaedter Barg have traveled thousands of miles since last June just to listen. The members of the Resonate team have visited nine congregations in five locations as they work with their 10 colleagues to curate and […]

Worship and Song Collection Project Fund-raising Update by Steve Carpenter

Posted on: October 4th, 2017 by Voices Together Hymnal

MennoMedia, on behalf of Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA, is working to create a new Mennonite hymnal by 2020. I have been tasked with raising more than $600,000 to pay for the work of a 13-person hymnal committee, a full-time project director, a half-time administrative assistant and other support staff and services. We’re […]

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee receives $18,000 grant

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Voices Together Hymnal

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee has received an $18,000 grant from the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship as part of Calvin’s Vital Worship Grants Program. This grant will enable the committee—working under the mantle Resonate—to work with congregations in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada to celebrate and teach the richness of culturally diverse singing […]

Professor Mary Oyer’s top 10 hymns

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 by Voices Together Hymnal

Posted on 10.3. 2016 at The Mennonite. Written By: Mary Oyer. Reposted with permission. Mary Oyer, Goshen (Indiana) College Professor Emeritus of Music and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary professor, reflects on her all-time favorite hymns. Oyer served on two hymnal development committees. First, for The Mennonite Hymnal (1969) and for part of the process with […]

A Short History of Mennonite Hymnals – Presentation by Ken Nafziger

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Voices Together Hymnal

  How our hymns influence and reflect our changing theology Dr. Kenneth J. Nafziger, longtime and noted professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University—plus a key figure in putting together a hymnal and two song supplements—spoke at a recent breakfast meeting of a group called Anabaptist Center for Religion and Society (ACRS). His topic? How our hymns influence and reflect […]

Love Song by Dorothy Beidler

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by Voices Together Hymnal

We arrived late to a funeral at my childhood church so we sat in the back, beyond the pews and songbooks. The song leader was as I remembered, with a pitch pipe and do-me-sol. I was thrilled as I sang when the words came back to me, verse after verse. Songs like “Great Is Thy […]