Hymn Society in the United States and Canada
|Predecessor||The Hymn Society of America|
|Purpose||To encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing|
|Jan Kraybill, DMA|
President of the Board
|Geoffrey C. Moore, PhD (cand)|
Immediate Past President
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, founded in 1922 as The Hymn Society of America and renamed in 1991, is a not-for-profit organization for those people who:
- believe that congregational song is an integral component of worship
- believe that the writing and singing of new texts and tunes needs to be promoted
- value learning about the origins of the words and music they sing
Members of The Hymn Society include clergy and worship leaders, church musicians, poets, composers, scholars, libraries and congregational singers of varied backgrounds and interests. Members of all denominations, races and cultures participate in the annual conferences and workshops sponsored by The Hymn Society. The Society produces a quarterly publication, The Hymn, a journal of research and opinion, containing practical and scholarly articles and reflecting the diverse cultural and theological identities of the organization’s membership.
Center for Congregational Song
The Center for Congregational Song (CCS) is the resource and programmatic arm of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. It is operated by The Hymn Society and funded by Society members and donors. It works to fulfill The Hymn Society’s mission to “encourage, promote, and enliven congregational singing". The current Director of the CCS is Brian Hehn.