Cambridge: Hymns in Liturgy and Life

166 of us are in Cambridge, England this week for the conference “Hymns in Liturgy and Life / Kirchenlieder in Liturgie und Leben,” a joint conference of three organizations:

I’m German/English translator for the IAH, and I’m giving a sectional on English office hymns based on Latin or original texts.

Every day starts with prayer organized by one of the organizations; on Wednesday morning I’m celebrating a Catholic Mass which I organized (Latin for some of the common parts, leaflet gives either English or German translation when the other language is used). Each evening there is a hymn festival or, on Thursday, an organ recital. We begin today with Evensong in the chapel of Robinson College where the conference is being held.

Here is a roster of speakers and topics.

Sunday Dinner Speaker: composer John Rutter

Keynote Addresses

  • Robin Knowles-Wallace, “Congregational Singing and Everyday Life”
  • Kenneth Hull, “Do We Become What We Sing? Congregational Song and Spiritual Formation”
  • Geoffrey Moore, “Hymning the Kingdom: Originating – Resonating – Consummating”
  • June Boyce-Tillman, “Hidden Wisdom: Hymns in Women’s Liturgies and Lives”
  • Wyn James, “The Longing and the Legacy:  Liturgy and Life in the hymns of William Williams of Pantycelyn”
  • Britta Martini, (in German) “Hymns in Liturgy and Life: Tasks, Opportunities and Prospects”
  • Tapani Innanens, “The Finnish Most Beautiful Christmas Songs Sing-along Events ‘In the Minor Tune Land of Melancholy’”
  • Stephan Reinke, (in German) “Hymns as Companions. Empirical Insights and Practical Reflections”
  • Rowan Williams (formerly Archbishop of Canterbury), “Hymns, Songs, Poems: Is There a Difference?”

Sectionals

HSUSC:

  • Nancy Graham, “African American Spirituals and their British Connection”
  • Scotty Gray, “Hermeneutics of Hymnody: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Interpreting Hymns”
  • Gracia Grindal, “A Treasury of Faith: Hymns on the Epistle Texts in the Revised Common Lectionary”
  • Joseph Herl and Peter C. Reske, “Producing a Hymnal Companion Using Primary Sources”
  • Anthony Ruff OSB, “English Language Office Hymns”
  • Martin Tel, “Psalms for all Seasons”

HSGBI:

  • Gordon Giles, “I Vow to Thee, My Country: Reflections after a Media Storm”
  • Nicholas Markwell, “Original Hymn Tune Harmonies and How They May Be Adapted and Used Today”
  • Andrew Pratt, “More than Hymns: Words for a Lyrical Faith”
  • Christine Purcell, “The Pratt Green Collection of Hymns and Hymnology in Durham University Library”
  • Gordon Taylor, “150 Years of Salvation Army Song”

IAH:

  • Yu-ring Chiang, “O Come, Let Us Sing – Die hundertjährige Geschichte eines Anthems in taiwanesischen Gemeindeliederbüchern”
  • Lionel Li-Xing Hong, “A Study on the Chinese Catholic Chant Books and Hymnals in the Des Fontaines Jesuit Collection”
  • Kristel Neitsov Mauer, “Von Preußen nach Rom – Wandlung der Estnischen Liturgie”
  • Ekkehard Popp, “Englische Einflüsse auf deutsche Kirchenlieder Der 15. Abend der Celler Kirchenliedreihe ‘Davon ich singen und sagen will’ – ein Bericht aus der hymnologischen Praxis”
  • Aija-Leena Ranta, “Medieval Hymns in Liturgy: A Case Study from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland”
  • Ágnes Watzatka, “Learning about Faith by Singing : Narrative and Catechetic Hymns”
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  1. From the list of keynote addresses:

    June Boyce-Tillman, “Hidden Wisdom: Hymns in Women’s Liturgies and Lives”

    huh, Women’s Liturgies, I didn’t know such a genre(?) existed.

    On a lighter note, this sounds pretty awesome: Tapani Innanens, “The Finnish Most Beautiful Christmas Songs Sing-along Events ‘In the Minor Tune Land of Melancholy’”

    I would’ve surely and happily joined in and sung along!

    Will any of the speeches be made available online somewhere, Father?

  2. KEYNOTE – Kenneth Hull, “Do We Become What We Sing? Congregational Song and Spiritual Formation”

    We can. I remember a housegroup discussing “How I Pray.” One elderly member said shamefacedly that she repeated the words of favourite hymns to (God and) herself. That provides a rich field for expression and reflection.

    Envisage what would happen if every congregation that sings “All are Welcome” were to ponder its words and put them into practice.

    1. @Mary Wood:
      “a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to
      forgive”.

      How would this be put into practice? Children (some more than others) need to be taught skills such as forgiving others. I’m not sure that repeating out-dated romantic notions about childhood is really that helpful in one’s spiritual life. I say this as someone who was once a kid.

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