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Open and Affirming (gay-inclusive) anthems and hymns

Thanks to everybody who responded to my request for ideas regarding open
and affirming music. I had several requests from people to compile my
responses, so here they are. I had lots of good choices!

Ubi Caritas - Maurice Durufle (the original is SAATTBB, but there is an
edition that is SATB which works nicely for a smaller church choir).
We Are One, Lord - Stan Pethel
Loving God Who Made Us All by Andrew Birling, pub. Augsburg Fortress
All Are Welcome by Marty Haugen, pub. GIA Publications. There is also a
"hymn" version of in Shaping Sanctuary.
There's a Wideness in God's Mercy by Lee Dengler, pub. Pilgrim Press (New
Century Anthem Series)
O Love, How Deep by Everett Titcomb
I Dream A World by Andre Thomas (Poetry by Langston Hughes)
We are Servants of God by John Rommereim, pub.Oxford University Press.
Be Filled with the Spirit by Craig Courtney (Beckenhorst)
One Faith, One, Hope, One Lord by Craig Courtney (Beckenhorst)
Many Gifts, One Spirit by Allen Pote
Many Gifts, One Spirit by Charles Callahan (commissioned for the 2002 UCCMA
Conference in Providence. It is not published yet, but you can contact the
composer at Box 84, Orwell, VT 05760.)
God Is Here arranged by John Ferguson for brass and organ (published by
Hope). Includes opportunities for congregational participation.
Come to the Water arr. Foley/Schrader (published by Hope) for a gorgeous
inclusive piece with many instrumentation possibilities.

3 hymnals were suggested by several people: Gather Comprehensive
(Catholic), New Century (United Church of Christ), and Singing the Living
Tradition (Unitarian).
Free At Last from Gather Comprehensive
Let Justice Roll Like a River from Gather Comprehensive
On Holy Ground from Gather Comprehensive
All Are Welcome from Gather Comprehensive
Come, Let Us Welcome with Warm Acclamation – Brian Wren
Great Love, Your Loveliness is Signed – Brian Wren
Siyahamba (We Are Marching in the Light of God) - South African Freedom
Song - New Century
Community of Christ (to the tune Leoni), New Century

Other suggested hymn text writers good for ONA are Shirley Erena Murray,
Timothy Dudley Smith, Ruth Duck, and Amanda Husberg.

Bonnie McClain

on September 9, 2006 10:00pm
Look at Yelton Rhodes Music Publishing. They specialize in publishing gay and lesbian composers and inclusive compositions.
on February 6, 2011 4:51pm
Try "Welcome" at and "Love Welcomes All" at Both songs affirm all walks of life!
All songs on the website are FREE to download.  Please notify kayne(a) if you download and/or rehearse and perform any pieces.