History of Hymns to Return in Spring 2022
By Diana Sanchez-Bushong
One of the most popular features on Discipleship Ministries’ website is the weekly “History of Hymns” column. There is a long-standing, rich history of providing these insights into the hymns and songs we sing found in The United Methodist Hymnal and various supplements that United Methodist churches use on a regular basis. In addition, these articles have covered subjects related to the history of certain genres such as African American spirituals and their performance practice. To date, you can find more than 500 “History of Hymns” articles on the Discipleship Ministries website.
Over the years, we have had a variety of people coordinate the articles, which have been written by scholars and students of hymnody from around the connection. Most recently, C. Michael Hawn has been the compiler and editor of these submissions; and together, we have been able to keep a steady pace of offerings on our website.
Starting January 2022, the “History of Hymns” articles will be on a brief hiatus. Instead of new articles, we will offer some bundles of “History of Hymns” articles related to specific topics, such as Lent, Wesleyan favorites, and so on. We hope you will find this helpful in your worship planning for 2022, and you will look forward to a return to new articles later in the spring.