There is no new hymnal

Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2013 has just ended — I watched parts of it from home — and reflected that my first General Assembly was 20 years ago, in Charlotte. One of the big accomplishments then was releasing the brand new gray hymnal, Singing the Living Tradition.

Twenty years later, we have seen supplements, but no new full hymnal since.

More interesting to me is that the old red hymnal, Hymns of the Spirit, chugs along, serving a predominately Christian base, the gray and the intervening, perhaps even less-used blue (Hymns for the Celebration of Life) hymnal being an inadequate diet for Christian worship.

But the books are wearing out; the last press run was in 1981. And it has problems.

This site is a history and reference site, and a personal project. It is a love letter to a constant friend in faith — both its hymns and the service book that begins it — and some ideas for what might come next.

Some writings will be gleaned from my blog, Boy in the Bands but others will be new and I hope to engage the help of those who, like me, have shared in benefitting from it.

This site is brand new; watch for more to come.

Sincerely yours,
(The Rev.) Scott Wells