Throughout 2017, we called for congregational resources in the following areas:
- worship resources (spoken words, visual images*, ritual actions, orders of worship, etc.)
- instrumental accompaniment arrangements for enduring selections from Hymnal: A Worship Book, Sing the Journey, or Sing the Story†
The following prompts were designed to aid prospective contributors.
Regarding poetic language (for spoken worship resources and song texts/lyrics), we invited content:
- in a variety of languages. (Please provide an English translation of your work.)
- that reflects Christian theology and practice generally, and more specifically Anabaptist theology and practice. Texts that expand theological imagination are welcome.
- that is well-suited to congregational use.
- that incorporates inclusive language for humanity, and diverse/expansive language for God.
- that incorporates modern/contemporary language, not archaic language like thee and thou.
Regarding musical content, the committee will place a high value on:
- singability in corporate worship.
- cohesion between text and tune (where they are submitted as a unit).
- creativity across a variety of styles
Submissions were accepted in the following formats: pdf, word document, Mp3 audio recording (must be 128 kbps or higher quality and not exceed 20 MB per file/title).
As a volunteer committee, we have limited ability to consider bulk submissions (more than 30 submissions) from a single source. Simply put, an individual submitting a smaller body of work will benefit from greater attention and deference afforded to each item. The committee may request additional material from contributors whose work resonates especially well during our discernment. Questions about submissions may be directed to General Editor, Bradley Kauffman: bradleyk@MennoMedia.org.
Because we anticipate a high volume of submitted material, we cannot give individual feedback except when an item is selected for inclusion. The submission interface will, however, provide confirmation when we receive your file(s).
All submissions should bear the name(s) of authors and/or composers. Our editorial assistant will remove attribution, allowing the committee to view submitted material without bias.
Thank you for your interest in this project! We look forward to reviewing each piece of submitted content.
*We are testing the idea of including visual elements and are open to different ways (print and digital) that these resources may be used to enhance worship as a part of the collection.
†This pertains primarily to work already generated for use in association with the above named collections. An appeal for newly written accompaniments will follow upon establishment of core repertoire.