about the center
for congregational song

The Center for Congregational Song is the resource and outreach arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization seeking to encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing. We are ecumenical, which means we work with folk from a variety of traditions and denominations to build deep and meaningful conversation, create useful resources, and help practitioners, poets, and composers build their skills.

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Introduction Video

Hear from our director and some of our early supporters on what makes The Center for Congregational Song so special.

Connecting you to resources, creating meaningful conversation,

and supporting hymn/song-writers.

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Our upcoming events

Centered in Song – San Francisco Bay Area 2018

September 01, 2018 670 Appian Way
El Sobrante, CA 94803 United States

INVITATION TO EL SOBRANTE Join us for a day of celebrating the power and importance of singing together. This event is one of the last of many events during our year long nationwide tour to celebrate the opening of The Center for Congregational Song. The leadership will include some of the most skilled and forward-thinking

Centered in Song – Toronto 2018

September 29, 2018 310 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, ON M4K 1N6 Canada

Invitation to Toronto Join us to learn about our ground-breaking new resource The Center for Congregational Song! You will hear from some of Toronto’s top song leaders and hymnologists and sing together in a “Big Sing,” celebrating the diversity of the church’s song. Registration Registration is free, but required so that we can make sure

Centered in Song – Brooklyn, NY

October 06, 2018 75 Hicks St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States

INVITATION TO BROOKLYN The “Centered in Song” launch tour for The Center for Congregational Song is coming to Brooklyn! Join organist, composer, and master song leader Mark Miller for a day celebrating the importance and power of congregational song. There will be sessions on justice in music-making, introducing The Center for Congregational Song, and a closing

A Cappella Sunday

March 10, 2019 501 W 5th St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 United States

Click Here For The 2019 A Cappella Resource Guide What: A Cappella Sunday is when worshiping communities across the United States commit to singing a cappella in their Sunday morning worship service. For communities where this is a new concept, it could just be one hymn, but for communities that are more comfortable singing unaccompanied,

Our Recent News

icon UMC, Hymnal, Revision Committee

Another Friendly Letter to the United Methodist Hymnal Revision Committee

Author – Brian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song.   Like any denominational hymnal committee,...

July 12, 2018
icon Church, Flag, Patriotism, Worship, Ginny Chilton

Patriotic Music on Sunday Morning: Yes or No?

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves...

July 12, 2018
icon Congregational Singing, The Hymn Society, Annual Conference, Hymn Festival

Singing As Summer Sabbath

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves...

June 11, 2018
icon Worship As Narrative Centered in Song Blog

Worship and God’s Grand Story

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.   One of the hardest...

June 05, 2018