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


October 24, 2018 475 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119 United States

Invitation We invite you to participate in SHARING THE SONG, a workshop for song leaders excited to nurture and sustain singing in their communities. Experience three days of learning, reflection, and skill building with Alice Parker and Paul Vasile, and grow in your ability to inspire others to make beautiful music with their voices! Sharing the Song is

Ambassadors Program – Baptist University of the Americas

October 29, 2018 7838 Barlite Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78224 United States

Join two of our Ambassadors, Slats Toole and Megan Mash, as they teach a free workshop on church music. The sessions are designed for the students of the Baptist University of the Americas, however it is free and open to the public. Come sing and learn with us!   More details to come soon.

Our Recent News

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An Incarnational Sound

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.       Nevertheless, It...

August 13, 2018
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Navigating worship as Universal and Incarnational – The Worship Leader’s Challenge

Guest Blogger Tanya Riches has published a number of well-known songs through Hillsong Music Australia, including ‘Jesus What A...

August 07, 2018

Denominationally Promiscuous: Lessons From My Ecumenical Journey

Author – Brian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song.   Denominationally Promiscuous Although not verified...

July 31, 2018
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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