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Singing the Living Tradition First Edition Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1558962606
ISBN-10: 1558962603
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 686 pages
  • Publisher: Unitarian Universalist Association; First Edition edition (June 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558962603
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558962606
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The committee that put together this hymnal did a wonderful job! There is a wide variety of hymns from various cultures and faith traditions. At the end of the hymnal there are several hundred inspirational readings: again the selections are from various faith traditions and cultures. This hymnal is as close to "scripture" as one might find in Unitarian Universalism and it does its job well in representing the religious movement.
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Just as one may return to the Bible to find meaningful passages to guide us through difficult times, so too does this book include songs, poems, and readings related to life and death. It is a wonderful collection of traditional and modern.
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Twenty years ago the Unitarian Universalist Association released SINGING THE LIVING TRADITION, still the current pew hymnal, at the then-shocking price of thirty dollars. Because the UU's embrace a wide spectrum of religious belief and because their theology is not trinitarian, you'll find music here you won't find in any other hymnal I know of, such as:

-- a charming, folky song in both English and Spanish from the Catholic *Cursillo* movement. I've heard Methodists sing it but it's not in their hymnal: "De Colores," no. 305 in the book;

-- use of the word "gay" to refer to human sexuality, "We are gay and straight together" from Holly Near's "We Are A Gentle, Angry People", no. 170;

-- the Christmas song "Deck the Hall With Boughs of Holly," no. 235, not usually thought of as a religious song;

-- "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free," a gospel-type song popularized by Nina Simone and instrumental to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, no. 151.

As you might expect, you'll also find here hymns and songs with wording a great deal different from that of Protestant hymnals: "Joy to the world! The Word is come: let earth with praises ring" at no. 245. But that is far from the norm; "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear," which immediately precedes it, has the same language as in any other hymnal. (BTW did you know that author Edward Hamilton Sears was a Unitarian? Absolutely true.) Among the hymns a feature I really like (and suspect most church keyboardists will too) is that playing tempi are indicated, "[quarter note] = 92" for example.
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My UU congregation is pretty small, and has chosen for various reasons not to "stock" enough hymnals for everyone to use a separate copy at church. As an active member of the choir and occasional soloist, I appreciate having my own copy to use for reference, home practice and marking up changes.

Not the sort of book everyone would buy for personal use, but if you are an active UU church member, and particularly if you are active in your music program and/or serve as a lay leader for services or church programs, this is an enormously valuable resource worth keeping at home.
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I love this hymnal. It is a source we turn to over and over! Beautiful, timeless messages for anyone and any occasion can be found here.
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A great variety of folk songs and traditional hymns. I was born and raised in a rather strict Christian family but have since become more liberal minded and enjoy singing and playing the piano to the many different types of inspirational music in this collection. I also appreciate the way the editors have arranged the music by topic and season. It would be a five star review except that there are several standards missing. I'd give it a four and a half but don't know how:)
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This is an outstanding hymnal with a wonderful mix of traditional and more eclectic/diverse 'songs to nurture the spirit.' Lots of old favorites and many more that we've grown to really enjoy. Highly recommended.
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I wanted a copy of our hymnal to use at home. I was surprised to find it on Amazon. I bought a used copy which was marked as 'very good'. It was better than that, it was perfect. I am recommending to some of the other lay people at church that they can afford their own copy.
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