Songs by accused composer removed from hymnal

Jul 6, 2020 by and

Planners of a new Mennonite hymnal are dropping seven songs from the book just months before publication after learning of sexual misconduct allegations concerning a composer. MennoMedia, the hymnal’s...

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Voices (still) Together?

Jun 29, 2020 by and

The health risks of group singing due to COVID-19 bring unique meaning to the ­title of a new Mennonite hymnal set to launch as many churches across the United States and Canada remain uncertain what worship...

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Singing together unsafe, MennoMedia advises

Jun 1, 2020 by

As stay-at-home orders are lifted across the United States and Canada, MennoMedia released a statement May 19 discouraging congregational singing when physical gatherings resume. “While singing is considered...

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Music leaders sing hymnal preview

Feb 3, 2020 by and

MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. — In the 1980s, Ken Nafziger drew on inspiration from publisher and camp association president Levi Miller and began leading a music retreat at Laurelville. Several years later, Marlene...

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Hymnal delights at Glennon Heights

Apr 29, 2019 by

It is not every day that I am able to nerd out with other hymnal enthusiasts, but that’s exactly what happened throughout the March 30 Faith & Life Forum at Glennon Heights Mennonite Church in Lakewood,...

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I don’t have a hammer, but I have a Mennonite hymnal

Jan 20, 2015 by

This is the text of a speech made by Bobby Switzer at the Laurelville Worship and Song Leaders’ Retreat held Jan. 10. If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning, I’d hammer in the evening, all over...

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Can Anabaptists rock and roll?

Oct 13, 2014 by

“Are Anabaptists ready to rock and roll?” That was the question asked by Amy Gingerich of MennoMedia on the Mennobytes blog in September. Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia, asked the question...

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Getting personal

Mar 20, 2014 by

Kurt Willems’ “Singing ‘We’ Instead of ‘Me,’ ” piqued my curiosity. I started with a word count on the Psalms and Pauline letters of personal pronouns “I,” “my” and “me” and plural...

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