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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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

Writing the Church’s Song 2020 – POSTPONED

May 27, 2020 2209 E Grace Street
Richmond,VA23223United States

3-day workshop from May 27 to May 30, 2020 in Richmond, VA THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. UPDATES COMING SOON.   Invitation After the busy seasons of Lent and Easter, time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire is important. Writing the Church’s Song is a three-day writing retreat for beginner and

Hymn Society Conference

July 12, 2020 MOUnited States

The Hymn Society’s Annual Conference is the premier conference focusing exclusively on congregational song in the U.S. and Canada. Each year it features top scholars from the U.S. and Canada as well as other international guests for plenary addresses, 4 hymn festivals planned and led by internationally recognized song-leaders, and over 40 breakout sessions on

Worship & Culture in Dialogue

August 20, 2020 26275 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield,MI48076United States

Click To Register About This Gathering Welcome to this inter-generational gathering designed to engage, equip, and empower preachers, musicians, and visual artists by incorporating current events, the use of social media, and cultural values and traditions to create a hospitable atmosphere of worship for the 21st Century Church. We will use the framework of the

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