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

Sing the World God Imagines Washington, DC The Catholic University of America July 17-21, 2022   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,

Writing the Church’s Song 2022

October 19, 2022 2209 E Grace Street
Richmond, VA 23223 United States

3-day workshop from October 19th to 22nd, 2022 in Richmond, VA REGISTER NOW! ONLY 17 SPOTS LEFT!   Invitation For those who work for the church week in and week out, time away to rest, reflect, and re-inspire is important. Writing the Church’s Song is a three-day writing retreat for beginner and intermediate hymn writers.

Our Recent News


Reparations Royalty Program Highlighted on NPR

Center Director Brian Hehn was featured on a story this morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition about the “Reparations Royalty”...

January 08, 2022

Covid Updates – Congregational Song

This page will be updated regularly as a count-down to when singing together is safe again based on current...

March 08, 2021

Our Blog



We are grateful to John Bell and the Wild Goose Resource Group of the Iona Community for sharing this...

April 12, 2022

The Charles Wesley of the South Sudan: Mary Aluel Garang

Since the mid-1980s, Mary Aluel Garang’s theologically rich hymns have helped Sudanese Christians maintain faith and hope in God...

April 05, 2022