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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.

 

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17th of October 2018

Album Review – Rend Collective, “Good News”

The Context Rend Collective, previously “Rend Collective Experiment,” hail from Northern Ireland and are known for their unique instrumentation and singular energy that characterize their live show. Both the interesting instruments and abundant energy are well-represented on their albums. They have released 8 albums in as many years, proving to be fruitful songwriters. A key […]


11th of October 2018

5 Benefits of Starting a “Family Choir”

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves as organist, choirmaster, and elementary music teacher.   5 Benefits of Starting a “Family Choir” When I took my most recent music ministry post, part of my job description was to start a children’s choir. At […]


3rd of October 2018

Participation in Praise and Worship – A Retrospective

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.         Worship War There have been many varied but regular attacks posed by opponents of contemporary praise and worship since its inception in the middle of the 20th century. These attacks have been intense enough to call it […]


24th of September 2018

“Good” Theology?

Author – Brian Hehn is the director of The Center for Congregational Song.       Words Words Words We get so caught up in what a song or hymn says through its lyrics/verses. I’ve watched debates rage on about what a text means and whether it has “good theology.” There are books written on […]


10th of September 2018

Relaxed and Re-tuned: Scott Chard’s album, Sanctus

Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves as organist, choirmaster, and elementary music teacher.   I tried to pay attention to the music at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this year, which took place in Austin. The worship planners did a […]


4th of September 2018

Music Makes Community

  Author – Ginny Chilton Maxwell is Music Minister at Church of the Ascension in Norfolk, Virginia, where she serves as organist, choirmaster, and elementary music teacher.   While doing research for my previous blog posts this summer I came across a group called “Music that Makes Community.” If you’re reading this blog it’s possible […]


13th of August 2018

An Incarnational Sound

Author – Adam Perez is a doctoral student in liturgical studies at Duke Divinity School.       Nevertheless, It Was A Blessing A few weeks ago I had the blessing of working with an ad hoc choir who gathered out of the student body of Duke’s Summer Course of Study program. Many were second-career local […]


7th of August 2018

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 Beautiful Name,’ which reached #6 on Australia’s CCLI worship charts. Along with a team, she administrated one of the most successful worship bands in history, Hillsong United, for its first six years under Reuben Morgan’s leadership. Her song […]


31st of July 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 through any written text, it is common for hymnologists and church musicians to quote the 20th century hymnological giant Eric Routley as saying that church musicians are “denominationally promiscuous.” I must confess that I fall into […]


12th of July 2018

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, you are already being bombarded with people’s opinions –  support, attacks, sarcasm, and any other kind of feedback you can possibly imagine. While much of what you will hear is born out of fear, excitement, trepidation, […]