HARRISONBURG, Va. — The new worship and song collection for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada will be called Voices Together.
“In early February more than 900 people responded to a title and cover survey we released via our MennoMedia Facebook page,” said Amy Gingerich, MennoMedia executive director and publisher. “Of the four title choices offered, Voices Together was the clear favorite.”
MennoMedia is also announcing a final fundraising phase for the project called “Voices Together, Giving Together.”
As of mid-May, $465,000 of the $700,000 goal had been pledged or given for Voices Together. As a small church agency, MennoMedia does not have the cash reserves to undertake such a large project and is working to cover all development costs for the hymnal with donations.
Gingerich said Everence and Mennonite Central Committee U.S. have stepped up as partners in the final fundraising phase, offering a combined $100,000 matching gift for any new donations to the hymnal project.
“This will be a dollar-for-dollar match, open to anyone, beginning immediately,” Gingerich said.
In Canada, an anonymous family foundation in Ontario has offered to match all donations to Voices Together, up to $15,000. Both matching gifts seek to help ensure the final worship and song collection will be affordable for congregations.
“Voices Together is an exciting new worship and song collection that will deepen our lives of faith,” said Everence President and CEO Ken Hochstetler. “In support of the financial wellbeing of congregations and church members across denominational and cultural lines, we’re glad to support MennoMedia’s efforts and to help make this resource available to all.”
Voices Together will include spoken words for worship, visual art and songs.
“The title Voices Together opens space for multiple dimensions of what we hope to offer in this new collection,” said Bradley Kauffman, general editor. “It honors the many voices in our churches and in our approaches to congregational song.”
Once the book had a title, senior designer Merrill Miller started on the book’s cover. Many colors were evaluated as possibilities, and purple was chosen as the final cover because of its worshipful connection.
The new hymnal will be available in Fall 2020 in the following formats:
- Pew edition
- Projection edition
- Large-print and keyboard edition
- Musical accompaniment edition
- Worship leaders edition
Gifts to the matching gift campaign “Voices Together, Giving Together” can be made online at voicestogetherhymnal.org. Mail checks to MennoMedia, P.O. Box 866, Harrisonburg, VA, 22803 or Mennonite Church Canada, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB, R3P 0M4.