The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

Hymn #717 in the United Methodist hymnal is "Battle Hymn of the Republic," written by Julia Ward Howe. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.
Hymn #717 in the United Methodist hymnal is "Battle Hymn of the Republic," written by Julia Ward Howe. Photo illustration by Kathleen Barry, UMNS.

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Scott Mills demonstrates the power of the restored pipe organ at First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City.

Historic organ sets tone for Utah church

Pipe organ restored with pennies, large cash donations and love from community
Theology and Education
Barnabas Mutonga, left, music director for the Zimbabwe East Conference, and Walter Mujuru, music director for the Zimbabwe West Conference, attend the Harare West District’s Men’s Music Festival in the Mabelreign South United Methodist Church circuit in Zimbabwe.  Photo by Chenayi Kumuterera, UMNS.

Zimbabwe music director focuses on human rights

Through his gift of music, Walter Mujuru teaches people of all ages about socioeconomic and cultural justice.
General Church
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Commentary: Should be hard to leave denomination

A church leadership scholar argues making it too easy for churches leaving the denomination removes the impetus to stay with the struggle and undermines the historical goal of unity among Christians.