The Hymn Society2022 Annual Conference

 

Sing the World God Imagines

Washington, DC
The Catholic University of America

July 17-21, 2022

 

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Sing the world God imagines: a bold imperative to be sure. But perhaps exactly the instruction to be reminded of right now.

In the two years since the World Health Organization declared a global coronavirus pandemic, almost everyone has had to imagine and enact new ways of living, being, and working together. For many members of The Hymn Society, that has meant new ways of ministering, teaching, and music-making, along with embracing opportunities for digital and virtual gatherings when we so longed to be in-person, singing together. As the 2022 conference committee faithfully met to plan and dream for this summer’s conference, they were buoyed by the energy and promise of our Society’s centennial celebration and looking ahead in hope to an in-person gathering, while also tethered in the current season of pandemic, divisiveness, inequality, and discrimination.

The committee reflected on such questions as “where is singing going?” “what difference does singing make now and in the world to come?” and “how can God use our songs?” In a season when it may have been easier to be silent, the church’s song continued. In a world that is deeply hurting, we keep singing. We sing of love. Of justice. Of righteousness. Of peace. We sing our praise, our pain, our protest. We sing to remember. We sing of a new world to come. We sing the world God imagines.

As The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada commemorates its one hundredth anniversary, we pause to honor the past and the roots from which we grow. We celebrate this milestone and the Society’s achievements, and give thanks for God’s continued faithfulness. But we also look ahead to ways that we, as a Society, can more fully live into our mission to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing and to thank God in advance for the work of the next century.

What does a ‘second century’ Hymn Society look like? Join us this summer as we dream together and strive to live into our mission to faithfully encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We look forward to welcoming you as we connect our songs with others around the globe, lifting our voices in all languages and in all places to sing the world God imagines.

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2022 Conference Leaders

Full Schedule

2:00 pm Housing/Registration & Bookstore Open
4:00 pm Organ Recital - Eileen Guenther Sponsored by Kelly Tenille Grooms and George Payne, Grooms and Payne, and Kirk Hartung and the George M. Hartung Memorial Fund - Organ Initiative
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Opening Hymn Festival: Stanley Thurston (Foundry United Methodist Church) Sponsored by Charles Douglas Frost

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Opening Hymn Festival: Stanley Thurston
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Opening Worship Service: “The Paradox of Pentecost: A Plurality of Ways to Pray, Praise and Protest” - Morning Prayer Team and Cynthia A. Wilson Sponsor this Event
9:45 am Refreshments/Conversation Break Sponsor this Event
10:00 am Welcome & Announcements
10:30 am Plenary Address: "May the Breath of Life surge within us: Ritual music and performativity" - Martin Hoondert of IAH Sponsor this Event
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals I Sponsor a Sectional
2:30 pm Sectionals II Sponsor a Sectional
4:00 pm Featured Session I: "Organ Hymn Improvisation Lecture Recital" - Patrick Alston Sponsored by Kelly Tenille Grooms and George Payne, Grooms and Payne, and Kirk Hartung and the George M. Hartung Memorial Fund - Organ Initiative
Featured Session II: "The Spirit of Awakening in Japanese Baptist Hymns and Worship" - Mikako Ehara Sponsor this Event
Emerging Scholars Forum Sponsored by C. Michael Hawn, FHS
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "Sing the Peace God Imagines: A 'Voices Together' Festival" - Adam Tice & the "Voices Together" Team Sponsored by T. Wes Moore

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Opening Worship Service: “The Paradox of Pentecost: A Plurality of Ways to Pray, Praise and Protest” – Morning Prayer Team and Cynthia A. Wilson
  • Welcome & Announcements
  • Plenary Address: Martin Hoondert of IAH
  • Sectional: “Singing For a New Jerusalem” – Gillian Warson
  • Sectional: “The Nigerian Christian Songs Project: Building Bridges through Narrating a Hymn Heritage” – Monique Ingalls, Ayobami Ayanyinka, Emmanuella Chesirri, & Matthew Amuro
  • Featured Session II: “The Spirit of Awakening in Japanese Baptist Hymns and Worship” – Mikako Ehara
  • Hymn Festival: “Sing the Peace God Imagines: A ‘Voices Together’ Festival” – Adam Tice & the “Voices Together” Team

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Imagining Japanese Hymns in a World God Imagines” – Hikari Miyazaki, Makihiko Arase, & Ryuichi Mizuno
  • Sectional: “Into My Life Your Power Breaks Through: A Retrospective on the work of The 20th Century Church Light Music Group” – John Ambrose, FHS
  • Sectional: “Dangerous Imaginings: A Hymnic Heritage that Shaped the World” – Janet Wootton
  • Sectional: “Introducing Sing A New Creation, the Anglican Church of Canada’s forthcoming hymn book supplement” – Ken Hull & Becca Whitla
  • Featured Session I: “Organ Hymn Improvisation Lecture Recital” – Patrick Alston
  • Emerging Scholars Forum
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements Sponsored by Sharon Beckstead
9:00 am Plenary Address: "From the Inside Out: Scoping the Story of Hillsong Music"- Tanya Riches Sponsor this Event
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break Sponsor this Event
10:30 am International "Short Metre" Plenaries Sponsor this Event
"A Hymn-Hater turns Hymn Writer! - C.S. Lewis and an Extraordinary Evolution…" - John Crothers (HSGBI)
“The Impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) on Community Formation and Congregational Song;Focusing on Church and University Campus in Japan” - Miki Yamamoto (The Hymn Society in Japan)
"Ellingsen translated: Svein Ellingsen’s hymns in translation" - David Scott Hamnes (IAH - Lutheran Church of Norway)
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals III Sponsor a Sectional
2:30 pm Free Time/Break
4:00 pm Centennial Celebration Hymn Festival - Ben Brody Sponsored by Andreas & Tracy Teich
5:30 pm Cocktails & Mocktails
6:00 pm 100th Anniversary Banquet Gala Sponsor this Event

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Plenary Address: “From the Inside Out: Scoping the Story of Hillsong Music”- Tanya Riches
  • International “Short Metre” Plenaries
  • Sectional: “To sing the world God imagines in many languages” – Esther Handschin
  • Centennial Celebration Hymn Festival – Ben Brody

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Singing the Narrative Lectionary” – Chris Shelton
  • Sectional: “Amazing Grace: A Glimpse of Diversified Congregational Songs from Taiwan” – Chi Yi Chen Wolbrink, Chin-Hsing Lee, & Eponine Wei-Nong Wang
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements Sponsored by Mercer University
9:00 am Plenary: International Leaders Round Table - Mizuno Ryuichi (Japan), Janet Wootton (UK), Gerardo Oberman (Argentina), Ademola Oyenini (Nigeria), Lisa M. Weaver (US), and J. Michael McMahon (moderator) Sponsor this Event
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break Sponsor this Event
10:30 am Sectionals IV Sponsor a Sectional
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sightseeing on Your Own in D.C.
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "¡Que Cante Toda la Tierra! / Let All the Earth Sing!" - Carlos Colón and Peter Kolar (Church of the Epiphany) Sponsored by GIA Publications and Calvin Institute of Christian Worship

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Plenary: International Leaders Round Table
  • Sectional: “Decolonizing Binary Language: Incorporating Intersex People in Congregational Song” – Stephanie Budwey
  • Hymn Festival: “¡Que Cante Toda la Tierra! / Let All the Earth Sing!” – Carlos Colón and Peter Kolar

 

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Hymns by African American Holiness, Methodist, and Pentecostal Bishops” – James Abbington, FHS
  • Sectional: “Benjamin Franklin printing Prelude to the New World, Beissel’s hymnbook Vorspiel der Neuen Welt” – Elisabeth Fillmann
7:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am Morning Prayer & Announcements Sponsored by Milner Seifert
9:00 am Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: "Beyond Statehood: The Role of Songs in Advancing the National Identity of Antigua and Barbuda" - Mikie Roberts Sponsored by Deborah Carlton Loftis, FHS
10:00 am Refreshments/Conversation Break Sponsor this Event
10:30 am Hymnal Showcase: "Gather" 4th Edition - GIA Publications
11:30 am Lunch
1:00 pm Sectionals V Sponsor a Sectional
2:30 pm Breakout Conversations
Featured Session III: "Protest and Piety in Latin American Congregational Music" - Marcell Silva Steuernagel Sponsor this Event
Featured Session IV: "The Legacy of I-To Loh" - C. Michael Hawn, FHS Sponsor this Event
5:30 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Hymn Festival: "Sing the WORLD God Imagines" - Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra (National City Christian Church) Sponsored by Kelly Tenille Grooms and George Payne, Grooms and Payne, and Kirk Hartung and the George M. Hartung Memorial Fund - Organ Initiative

Digital Option

The following events will be streamed live for digital participants:

  • Morning Prayer & Announcements
  • Emily Swan Perkins Plenary Address: “Beyond Statehood: The Role of Songs in Advancing the National Identity of Antigua and Barbuda” – Mikie Roberts
  • Sectional: “Sur-Sangam and Punjabi Zabur (Psalms 24:7–10): Messianic and Missiological Perspective in the Indian Subcontinent” – Eric Sarwar
  • Featured Session IV: “Protest and Piety in Latin American Congregational Music” – Marcell Silva Steuernagel
  • Hymn Festival: “Sing the WORLD God Imagines” – Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra

The following events will be recorded for later viewing:

  • Sectional: “Time on My Hands and a Song in My Heart: Preparing to Sing What God Imagines” – Marilyn Haskel
  • Sectional: “Celebrando la fe desde América Latina / Celebrating Faith from Latin America” – Gerardo Oberman, Horacio Vivares, & Laura D’Angiola
  • Featured Session III: “Singing Box 331: Re-Sounding Eighteenth-Century Mohican Hymns from the Moravian Archives” – Sarah Eyerly
  • Featured Session V: “The Legacy of I-To Loh” – C. Michael Hawn, FHS
8:30 am Departure

This year, The Hymn Society’s Annual Conference will be accessible both in-person and digitally. Due to the nature of running a hybrid event, the experience of the digital option will be a bit different from how our last two conferences went. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Digital participants will be able to stream all Plenary events, including the Short Metre Plenaries.
  • All Hymn Festivals will also be streamed live.
  • One Featured Session during each time slot will be streamed live. The other Featured Sessions will be recorded for later viewing.
  • One Sectional in each of the five time slots will be streamed live. We will record two additional Sectionals per time slot. Any Sectionals that are originally presented digitally will also be accessible to digital participants.

 

All digitally accessible material, whether streamed live or recorded, will be available to view online for an extended period after the end of the conference.

We are so excited to be meeting in person once again this year. While it is now far safer for us to gather and resume most normal activities, it seems pretty clear that singing without masks still carries considerable risk. Surely Christians have a responsibility to continue showing care for the most vulnerable among us—the elderly, the immunocompromised, and families with small children. As we gather together, the Gospel calls us to consider the well-being of those who are least able to protect or speak for themselves.

 

During the registration process you will be asked to verify that you have been fully vaccinated and to agree to follow any onsite COVID safety protocols that may be required by government authorities, by the institutions in which we meet, or by The Hymn Society’s Executive Committee. The Hymn Society Executive Committee has established a policy that at all conference sessions and bus travel during the conference, masks will be worn by all participants.

The Hymn Society Executive Committee is engaged in an ongoing process of articulating and reviewing a process in the event of instances of sexual harassment within this community. We hope it will never be necessary, but we take seriously our responsibility to be prepared for any eventuality. Our goal is to take a trauma-informed approach to any reports.

We are committed to ensuring that all our activities uphold our stated mission: “We believe that the holy act of singing together shapes faith, heals brokenness, transforms lives, and renews peace.” As such, The Hymn Society aims to foster a safe environment for all people. We do not tolerate sexual harassment or abuse in any shape or form in the context of our gatherings. We also aim to provide a clear pathway for reporting traumas or unwanted incidents.

In the event of an incident or trauma, please reach out to any member of the Executive Committee (or ask someone you trust to make this disclosure on your behalf), who will inform the Executive Director, President Elect, or Past President, as appropriate. We will honour the sensitivity of all reports, and will protect the confidentiality of the complainant. 

In-person Registration Fees

 

Member  $ 445.00
Non-Member  $ 535.00
International (Outside US or Canada)  $ 410.00
Student  $ 370.00
Single Day  $ 200.00

 

Digital Option Registration Fees

Member  $          295.00
Non-Member  $          320.00

 

Additional Fees

Meal Plan: $175.00

Housing (single occupancy in suites/apartment style rooms): $245.00

Additional night of housing: $50.00

Bus transportation package: $75.00

Campus Parking (Sunday 17th-morning of Friday 22nd): $50.00

 

*NB: The Gala Banquet is included in the price of in-person conference registration.

 

CONFERENCE REFUND POLICY

We understand that plans can change. If you find you cannot attend the conference after you’ve registered, you may wish instead to invite a friend to come in your place. Full refunds of conference fees are available prior to June 1. Refunds requested after June 1 are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Please note that all fees include a non-refundable $100 administrative charge. To request a cancellation or other change affecting your fees, contact courtney@thehymnsociety.org.  

 

CUA Campus Map

As always, we will be holding Hymn Festivals in various churches around the city. This year, attendees will have two options for getting from campus to the Festival venue.

The first is to utilize public transit. CUA is located next to the Brentwood-CUA metro station, and all of our venues are located within three blocks of a station. Metro cards can be purchased at any station, and fares range from $2.00-$6.00. For our events, though, prices should not exceed $3.00 per trip. Metro cards can also be used on city buses, should that option appeal to you.

The second option is to be bused directly to the venue from campus on buses arranged by The Hymn Society. This can be purchased during the registration process for $75, and covers transportation to all off-site events.

Washington, D.C. is a very accessible city! With a train station, plenty of bus connections, and three major airports, it’s no problem at all to get here without a car—though driving is a great option, too. Washington, D.C., also benefits from a sprawling metro network, which allows for quick, affordable transportation without having to rely on taxis or rideshare apps (which are, of course, also efficient options). We’ll be staying at The Catholic University of America, which is located at the Brookland-CUA metro station on the Red line. Here’s some information to help with your arrival.

 

Address

The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20064

 

Train

Amtrak connects Washington to scores of other locations across the country. Union Station is the city’s terminal, located just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. It also happens to be on the metro’s Red line, so if you come by train, just follow the signs to the metro station down below, hop on the Red line in the Glenmont direction, and you will arrive directly to the campus.

 

Bus

Multiple bus companies also utilize Union Station as their terminus (with Flixbus being one notable exception, which stops several blocks away). The station’s website includes links to the various companies, from which you can book a ticket. Like taking the train, once you arrive at Union Station you can follow the signs down to the metro station, get on the Red line towards Glenmont, and then you’ll soon arrive at the Brookland-CUA stop right next to campus.

 

Plane

The city is serviced by three airports: Washington National (DCA), Dulles International (IAD), and Baltimore-Washington International (BWI). Once you arrive at the airport, here’s how to get to the school by metro/train:

 

DCA: The airport is serviced by the Yellow and Blue metro lines. Take the Yellow line towards Greenbelt and then switch to the Red line towards Glenmont at Gallery Place/Chinatown. Get off at the Brookland-CUA station.

 

IAD: The city’s hope is that the Silver line extension to the airport will be ready by summer 2022. If that is the case, then you will be able to get on the metro, switch to the Red line towards Glenmont at Metro Center, and then get off at Brookland-CUA. If it is not ready by July, shuttle buses are currently running the last few miles between the airport and Wiehle-Reston East, the current end of the Silver line, and from there you can follow the same instructions.

 

BWI: Though located closer to Baltimore, it is also easy to get to Washington from here. Across from the airport there is a train station where you can take Amtrak or MARC (local rail company) to Union Station. From there, follow the signs down to the metro station and take the Red line towards Glenmont. Get off at Brookland-CUA. Shuttles are also available from the airport.

Alternatively, upon arrival at the airport you can get to campus by car. Shuttle companies such as Super Shuttle operate out of DCA and IAD and all airports are serviced by taxis and rideshare app companies (e.g. Lyft, Uber).

 

Car

It is also easy to arrive by car. CUA’s website has specific directions for drivers. If using a navigator, the school’s address is 620 Michigan Ave NE Washington, DC 20064. Though not downtown, those arriving by car should still anticipate city traffic conditions. Parking on campus is plentiful and is available at a cost of $10 per day. Be sure to select that option when registering.

Washington, D.C. sits on the ancestral lands of the Anacostans (also documented as Nacotchtank), and the neighboring Piscataway and Pamunkey peoples. The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada gratefully acknowledges the Native Peoples on whose ancestral homelands we gather, as well as the diverse and vibrant Native communities who make their home here today.

If you wish to find lodging off campus, the closest hotels are located right by the NoMa-Gallaudet U New York Ave metro station, which is two stops away from campus. Two of them are:

 

Courtyard Washington, DC/U.S. Capitol

1325 2nd Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 898-4000

 

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC/U.S. Capitol

1225 First St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 408-4870

 

 

You may also wish to consult other housing options, such as Airbnb or Vrbo.

Emily Swan Perkins Plenary: $2,500 Sponsored!

Monday Morning Prayer/Opening Worship Plenary: $2,000

Plenary Address: $1,750

Hymn Festival: $1,500 Sponsored!

Lovelace Scholars Luncheon: $1,500

Centennial Gala: $1,000 (10 available)

First Timers Gathering: $1,000

Featured Session: $750

Refreshment Break: $500

Morning Prayer: $150 Sponsored!

Sectionals:

One: $275
Two: $500
Three: $750

Click here to sponsor a Sectional.

Corporate sponsorships are available at the following levels:

Bronze: $500
Silver: $1,000
Gold: $2,000
Platinum: $3,000+

Click here to make a corporate sponsorship.

We are excited to feature limited-edition merchandise in recognition of our centennial year! These can be purchased during online registration for the conference and can be picked up upon arrival in July.

 

100-Year T-shirt (True Navy): $22
Available sizes: S-2XL

 

100-Year Windbreaker (New Royal): $35
Available sizes: S-3XL

 

100-Year Hoodie Sweatshirt (Heather Gray): $35
Available sizes: S-3XL

As the capital of the United States of America, the city is full of things to do! We’ve built in an afternoon for you to explore what the city has to offer, and you’re welcome to extend your stay before or after our conference to enjoy DC. Check out the city’s official tourism website for more information. Some popular ideas to consider are:

  • Smithsonian Museums
  • National Gallery of Art
  • Monuments on the National Mall
  • Georgetown
  • Wharf/Navy Yard
  • Kennedy Center for Performing Arts
  • National Zoo
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Washington National Cathedral
  • Saint John Paul II National Shrine
  • Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America
  • Unique Walking Tours, such as this one

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