- 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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-- 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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
318 inspirational readings from many traditions make this book a great source for meditation.Published 14 months ago by MT
Got a good clean library copy of this book with lots of nice alternatives to mainstream Protestant hymns. I like it!Published 21 months ago by Susan Richter
This is the hymnal used by Unitarian Universalists. It contains a wide variety of traditions. The diversity/plurality of songs and passages mean so much to me. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robin Orlowski