The story behind the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’

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Worship
Michael Vaughn, director of music ministry at A&M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas, has directed and edited virtual choir videos, including with his church’s children’s choir. United Methodist music ministers are coming up with creative ways to keep music going and keep choir members engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Michael Vaughn.

Pandemic challenges music ministers, choirs

With singing identified as a spreader of COVID-19, there’s a scramble to keep church music going and choir members engaged.
Social Concerns
The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Johnson, a delegate to the conference, has written a hymn called "It Is Enough" in response to George Floyd's death and earlier tragedies like it. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.
Church History
Mike Hickcox is the former director of communications for the Society of St. Andrew and also served as manager of audio initiatives for United Methodist Communications and was director of communications for the New England Conference of The United Methodist Church. Photo by United Methodist Communications.

Share your audio to help preserve United Methodist history

A wealth of church history is contained in audio files in local churches, seminaries and annual conferences. We must act now to save those treasures.