Follow up: what hymns need Unitarian and Universalist Christians need?

Goodness: eight days without a blog post. Much longer than usual, but between the year-end rush at Day Job and Christmas itself, I’ve been a bit preoccupied.

So, following up from the last blog posts, what hymns would a Unitarian or Universalist Christian church need, in addition to those commonly found in ecumenical hymnody, to meet the usual needs? “O Life that Makest All Things New” comes to mind.

What would you add?

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.


  1. O Life… is a good choice, but better sung to TRURO I think.

    I would add Samuel Longfellow’s I look to thee in every need and Hosmer’s O Light, from age to age the same, and maybe Phebe Hanaford’s Cast your bread upon the waters.

    I think that a Christian UU hymnal could do worse than be built around the works of Longfellow and Hosmer (including other texts from the various hymnbooks they edited) in the same way that Methodist hymnals are built around the texts of Charles Wesley.

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