Resonate calls for visual art submissions for new hymnal

News Release: October 3, 2017

Resonate calls for visual art submissions for new hymnal
New collection to feature visual worship resources

HARRISONBURG, Va.—As the Resonate team gathers material for a new hymnal, they are rolling out a call for a first-of-its-kind feature within Mennonite hymnals: a vision to include visual images that complement the musical and verbal rhythms of worship found in the collection.

“In recent decades, North American Mennonite churches have grown in our understanding of the visual aspects of worship,” said SaeJin Lee, member of Resonate’s Worship Resources subcommittee. “We hope visual art will serve as an expression of and invitation to acts of worship, and as a visual telling of God’s story.” The introduction of visual art is one way the Resonate team seeks to draw in worshipers of diverse languages and ages, who learn and express themselves in different ways.

The Resonate team is calling for visual artists to submit content to be considered for inclusion in the new collection. Artists are encouraged to explore the “Theological Inspirations and Possibilities” and to take seriously the “Aspirations for the Use of Visual Imagery” outlined in the “Call for Submissions of Visual Art” available at MennoMedia.org/Resonate. Important technical requirements are also delineated there. Artists may submit a single image or a series of pieces. Submissions are welcome between October 2017 and February 2018.

“As we receive submissions we will continue to discern whether the visual elements chosen will draw from several artists or focus on a single contributor’s work,” said general editor Bradley Kauffman. “We’re excited about how visual art can offer new ways to draw us into God’s presence.”

The 13-member volunteer committee, working under the name Resonate Team, is discerning content for the 2020 release of a suite of new worship and music materials to be published by MennoMedia in cooperation with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

Announcing Great Day of Singing Events

News Release: September 15, 2017

Announcing Great Day of Singing Events
Area congregations invited to regional hymn sings

HARRISONBURG, Va.—The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee, working under the name Resonate Team, has invited congregations to hold a “Great Day of Singing” this fall and has scheduled a series of regional hymn sings.

Those regional events will be:

  • Sunday, September 17, 6:30 p.m., Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia, led by music editor Benjamin Bergey
  • Friday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., Franconia Mennonite Church, Telford, Pennsylvania, led by music editor Benjamin Bergey and committee member Emily Grimes
  • Sunday, October 8, 9:00 a.m., Salford Mennonite Church, Harleysville, Pennsylvania, led by music editor Benjamin Bergey and committee member Emily Grimes
  • October 8, 9:30 a.m., Oak Grove Mennonite Church, Smithville, Ohio, led by project director and general editor Bradley Kauffman
  • October 8, 6:30 p.m., Blooming Glen Mennonite Church, Blooming Glen, Pennsylvania, led by music editor Benjamin Bergey and committee member Emily Grimes
  • Sunday, October 22, 9:30 a.m., College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, led by text editor Adam Tice
  • October 22, 2:00 p.m., College Mennonite Church, Goshen, Indiana, led by text editor Adam Tice
  • October 22, 4:00 p.m., Yoder Hall, Bluffton University, Bluffton, Ohio, Swiss Community Historical Society, led by project director and general editor Bradley Kauffman
  • Sunday, December 3, 6:30 p.m., Bethel College Mennonite Church, North Newton, Kansas, led by project director and general editor Bradley Kauffman
  • Sunday, February 25, 2018, time and place TBD, Kitchener, Ontario, led by Brandon Leis and the Menno Singers

“We want to bring Mennonites together around some new songs and worship resources while opening up a space for worshipers to reflect on God’s gift of song,” said Bradley Kauffman, general editor. “We also see these events as good ways to share excitement for the new hymnal coming in 2020.”

These events will draw from a new 16-page sampler designed for the denomination-wide Great Day of Singing (Sunday October 22), as well as other songs and worship resources. Congregations may download their own copies at MennoMedia.org/Resonate. In addition to the 16-page sampler, links to selected accompaniments, tutorial videos, and an image inspired by the Psalms are available for free download. A survey for congregational feedback on the sampler is also available there.

An offering to support the project will be received at most of these events as well. Individuals can also give online at www.HymnalProject606.com.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at 540-908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.

Worship and Song Committee begins selection process

Worship and Song Committee met in Elkhart, Indiana in early February. Two previous directors of hymnal projects are seated in center front, Mary Oyer and Rebecca Slough.

News Release: February 9, 2017

Worship and Song Committee begins selection process

Subcommittees tasked with evaluating and tagging hymnal content

ELKHART, INDIANA— Practically speaking, how does a group of 13 people review thousands of pieces of music and worship resources in the next three years? This was the focus of conversation February 2–5, 2017, when the 13-member Mennonite Worship and Song Committee met in Elkhart, Indiana, at the offices of Mennonite Church USA.

To accomplish the giant task before them, the committee has divided into subcommittees organized into two tiers: content and delivery; and contemporary and intercultural worship. The subcommittees began evaluating and tagging content that fits the vision of the project.

“This meeting helped address questions about where we see the collection moving,” said Bradley Kauffman, project director and general editor. “A clear structure helps us choose the content for this new hymnal.”

The committee includes Kauffman and Karen Gonzol, editorial assistant, as staff, plus 12 volunteers: Adam Tice, text editor; Benjamin Bergey, music editor; Sarah Kathleen Johnson, worship resources editor. The remainder of the committee includes Darryl Neustaedter Barg, Paul Dueck, Mike Erb, Katie Graber, Emily Grimes, Tom Harder, SaeJin Lee, Anneli Loepp Thiessen, and Cynthia Neufeld Smith.

“This is a highly committed group of volunteers,” said Amy Gingerich, editorial director at MennoMedia who serves ex-officio on the committee. “The subcommittees really jelled around their shared purpose.”

Bradley Kauffman, project director, flanked by Rebecca Slough, left and Mary Oyer, right, key personnel for 1992 and 1969 hymnal collections, respectively.

Meeting highlights were an afternoon tea with Rebecca Slough and Mary Oyer, key figures in previous collections, including Hymnal: A Worship Book (1992) and Mennonite Hymnal (1969), and a session with David Eicher, who served as general editor for Presbyterian Publishing on its recent hymnal, Glory to God (2013). The group has plans to engage other leaders who have shaped Mennonite hymnody in future meetings.

The Mennonite Worship and Song Committee is working toward a 2020 release of a new hymnal to be published by MennoMedia in cooperation with Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Church USA. To submit content for consideration, visit http://mennoniteworshipandsongcollection.org/.

For more information or to schedule an interview, contact LeAnn Hamby at (540) 908-3941 or email LeAnnH@mennomedia.org.