‘Singing Welcome: Hymns and Songs of Hospitality to Refugees and Immigrants’ is a brand new free resource of 46 hymns from The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
The collection includes not only hymns reflecting the concerns and experiences of refugees, and how we respond as Christians; it also includes words and music from some of the regions directly affected by events and circumstances that lead to migration.
Benjamin Brody, convener of the group that sifted through over 200 hymns and songs to create the collection, writes: “We are thrilled to offer this collection in service to the church and in response to the current crisis. Our hope and prayer is that these hymns and songs will serve to form and deepen a commitment to hospitality and enable worshiping communities to sing that commitment and welcome in new and engaging ways.”
The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada is offering this resource for use by churches and individuals. The publishers, authors, and composers have granted permission for use of any of the hymns in this collection at no royalty cost for a period of two months – and so covering the period of World Refugee Week 2017 (19-25 June). Beyond two months of usage, copyright permission must be obtained in the usual way.
Singing Welcome can be downloaded from the Hymn Society (US&C) website.
Other resources helpful for World Refugee Week can be found on the StF+ page A wandering Aramean was my ancestor – Refugee Week.
Also note John Bell and Graham Maule’s hymn Down the road run refugees. These words were written in 1992. In 2016, Singing the Faith Plus was granted permission to share the song but we noted then that the anger and shame expressed were as precisely relevant today as they were 14 years ago.