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Blog – Centered In Song

Blog – Centered In Song

A blog connecting you to deep conversations, valuable resources, and challenging ideas

Centered In Song is a blog that features a core team of writers who care deeply about the congregation’s voice and who seek to have deep and meaningful conversations. Our team of bloggers are always on the lookout for great events, fresh ideas, and artists who are passionate about congregational singing. Because the team is made up of folk from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, this blog offers a variety of viewpoints and opinions on congregational song, celebrating the diversity that the church’s song embodies each and every week.

 

Blog Team


21st of September 2023

Questions for the Director – Getting My Song Published

This is a question I get on the regular. To write this response, I’ve asked long time hymnal editor and Fellow of The Hymn Society Bob Batastini to chime in. […]


4th of August 2023

A Tale of Two Melodies – When Hymns Are to Be Sung in Cantonese Part I of V

A Tale of Two Melodies – When Hymns Are to Be Sung in Cantonese (Part I of V: The Meeting of Two Melodies) Being a native speaker of Cantonese, singing […]


2nd of August 2023

We’re not called to sing everything

While reflecting on my experience as a graduate student in Dallas and preparing for work as a church musician, I wrote, “I just spent two years studying at a Methodist […]


24th of May 2023

A History of Asian American Worship Music

This blog is originally published on Gloria Fanchiang Music’s website. Special thanks to Gloria for allowing us to cross-post it here. Guest Blogger Gloria Fanchiang is a second-generation Taiwanese American […]


21st of April 2023

Introducing Our New Blog Team

Thank You One of the first things we did when launching The Center for Congregational Song in the Fall of 2017 was to put together a team of young bloggers […]


20th of March 2023

Questions for the Director – A Problem In My Aging Church

Does your church choir look something like this? A small number of people, mostly aging, many dealing with health and well-being issues? Here’s a question that came into my inbox […]


14th of March 2023

The Power of Music to Bring People Together: A ChatGPT Blog

The Prompt I’m sure 99% of you reading this have heard about the new “ChatGPT” ai chatbot. I decided to give it a whirl, so on Friday, March 3rd, 2023, […]


3rd of March 2023

Text Comparison: It Is Well

Blogger Brian Hehn is the Director of The Center for Congregational Song.   Reworking hymns and music of the past Church musicians have always used, referenced, altered, and/or been inspired […]


24th of January 2023

A Song for Micah 6:1-8

This question recently came in to The Hymn Society staff.   The Question Hi Brian, I’m looking for a congregational song as a response to this coming Sunday’s Micah 6:1-8 […]


13th of December 2022

An Appeal To Our Clergy Colleagues

Guest blogger Kevin Parks is the Congregation Designated Minister of Music at St. Andrew’s United Church and University Musician at Atlantic School of Theology, both in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  Kevin […]