Hymns in ThML

David Warnock posted about trials he’ll be making in a hymn XML microformat. I think I’ll look deeper in the Theological Markup Language (ThML) hymns option, founded and championed by the folks at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library. It looks a bit more robust, even though Br. Warnock has ideas so well digested that I… Continue reading Hymns in ThML

Universalism in shape notes

I discovered a “lost” Universalist hymn of lament by J. S. Warren (1829-1905) — in shape notes, no less — in the odd 7.7.7.8. meter. It comes from Warren’s Minstrel (Columbus, Ohio: 1857). In the 1984 reprint edition, John Lawrence Brasher notes (p. xix) that For a full appreciation of Warren’s Minstrel, one must have… Continue reading Universalism in shape notes

Desert island selection #1

Getting back to which five books I would take to a desert island. Since I get to choose, I’m assuming there is some purpose in me being on a desert island. Perhaps personal growth. I’ll work with that. Also, I’m only going to choose from books I actually own. If it is that needful, shouldn’t… Continue reading Desert island selection #1

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Universalist hymn-writers remembered

March 23 is the death anniversary of two Universalist hymn-writers. Given there weren’t all that many, this is a significant coincidence. Thomas Lake Harris (1823-1906) was born in England but grew up in the United States, where he eventually became a Universalist minister. He was in his 30s when he wrote his hymns, or rather… Continue reading Universalist hymn-writers remembered

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We need a good hymnal

Do Universalist Christians need a new common liturgy? Despite my obvious interests and opinions, I think the answer is no. The 1790 Philadelphia Convention, called in part to adopt a common communion liturgy, didn’t. Universalist practice has included well-formed trinitarian liturgy, worship as window-dressing for platform speaking, the polite hymn sandwich, and praise in the… Continue reading We need a good hymnal

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Routley on hymnals

This quote from the famous hymnologist Erik Routley will put my later posting into context. It is one thing – and a not unpleasurable thing – to confine the hymnal to church, and to sing from it there without much thought. It is far better to have a copy at home and either occasionally or… Continue reading Routley on hymnals

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Universalist hymnals

Going back to improve the non-blog part of Universalistchurch.net. Added a small, slightly annotated page of the Universalist hymnals I own. It is far from done, but enough to convince doubters that collectively Universalists knew something about hymnody, even if they weren’t the most talented or prolific hymn writers individually. Universalist hymnals

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Universalist hymns for a choir

I just got an email asking: I am looking for a few Universalist hymnals — with words and music (preferably parts) for our small a cappella choir performances. Any suggestions you could give me on titles, sources, etc. would be appreciated. This was my reply: Depends on how formal the litugical style you want. By… Continue reading Universalist hymns for a choir

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Hymnals for Unitarian and Universalist Christians to watch

For a while, the locally produced Hymns of Truth and Light of First Congregationalist Church (UCC), Houston, Texas has appealed to me as a good alternative for both the ten-year-old UUA produced Singing the Living Tradition and the much older joint Unitarian and Universalist hymnal (Hymns of the Spirit) that we use here in Washington.… Continue reading Hymnals for Unitarian and Universalist Christians to watch

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