UU-related song collections, books, and CDs
(Resources published by the Unitarian Universalist Association, UUA imprints, and other UU affiliates, including publishers and congregations, are available at the inSpirit Book and Gift Shop unless otherwise noted.)
Bring Many Names: Music From Our Liberal Religious Tradition. Oakland, CA: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 1989. CD containing twenty hymns from Singing the Living Tradition. Includes "Bring Many Names," "Singing for Our Lives," "Spirit of Life," "Gather the Spirit," "What Wondrous Love," "Find a Stillness," "I Know This Rose Will Open," "For All That Is Our Life," and more. 38 minutes.
Choral Responses. Unitarian Universalist Music Network, 1995. Forty-five tunes and lyrics for openings, chalice lightings, prayers, and closings.
Between the Lines: Sources for Singing the Living Tradition. James, Jacqui (ed.). Boston: Skinner House, 1998. Provides historical and literary facts on the hymns, tunes, and readings in Singing the Living Tradition Hymnal. Includes suggestions for introducing and teaching new material to congregations.
May This Light Shine: A Songbook for Children and Youth. Unitarian Universalist Music Network, 2006. Collection of thirty songs by UU composers featuring a wide range of song types, from chants and unison songs to two- and three-part choral anthems. Available in two spiral-bound editions: the Director/Accompanist Book and the Songbook. Set includes one Director Book and five copies of the Songbook.
This Ancient Love: Reflective Songs of Carolyn McDade. CD containing a collection of thirty-six early songs. Available from Carolyn McDade Music, Crystal Spring Earth Learning Center, 76 Everett Skinner Road, Plainville, MA 02762; or in Canada at 89 Green Street, Charlottetown, PEI, C1A 2G1. The songbook and CDs can also be ordered online at www.carolynmcdademusic.com. Carolyn's songbook, This Tough Web, is out of print, but worth looking for.
Music In Our Congregations: A Handbook for Staffing a Music Program in UU Congregations. Unitarian Universalist Music Network. To order, contact UUMN Administrator at uumn [at] uumn [dot] org (uumn [at] uumn [dot] org )or call 800-969-8866. One copy is free to each UUMN member; otherwise the handbook is available for $5 a copy.
Music in the Air: Music From Our Liberal Religious Tradition, Vol. 2. Oakland, CA: First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 2000. CD containing twenty-five hymns from Singing the Living Tradition. Includes "My Life Flows on in Endless Song," "We'll Build a Land," "We Would Be One," "Bells in the High Tower," and more. 72 minutes.
Bible Songs on Timeless Themes: Songbook. Boston:Unitarian Universalist Association, 1991. Navias, Eugene (ed.), and Larry Phillip (arr.).
Come Into the Circle: Worshiping with Children. Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2008. Richards, Michelle. Comprehensive how-to guide for creating meaningful religious experiences for children. Contents include suggestions on the form, style, and elements of worship, plus an extensive collection of opening words and chalice lightings, meditations and prayers, stories, songs, sermons, and complete orders of service. Text contributions made by UU religious educators from around the country.
Now Let Us Sing! Ontario: Kingston Unitarian Press. Robbins, Phyllis (ed.), and Heidi Lauckner (illus.). Sixty-one hymns and songs for children's services and intergenerational worship. Simple arrangements for keyboard and voice, with chords for guitar or autoharp. Arranged in sections based on the Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources.
Earth and Spirit Songbook: An Anthology of Songs Celebrating Earth and Peace. Shrewsbury, MA: Jim Scott Music, 2003. Scott, Jim (ed.). Introduces songs that are set in contemporary styles, from the harmonic and rhythmic complexity of jazz and gospel to repetitive chants and rounds from a variety of cultures. Sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Seventh Principle Project; available at the inSpirit Book and Gift Shop.
Sing Your Peace Songbook. Unitarian Universalist Peace Network, 1992. Thirty-nine easy songs for congregations and peacemakers. Ideal for demonstrations, celebrations, and general worship. Intended for a cappella singing or singing with a simple accompaniment.
Singing the Journey: A Supplement to Singing the Living Tradition. Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 2005. This 75-song supplement presents an exceptional variety of music for congregational singing. A large-print keyboard version is also available.
Singing the Living Tradition. Boston: Unitarian Universalist Association, 1994. Unitarian Universalism's hymnbook featuring hymns, songs, and readings from around the world. Contains 415 hymns and songs and 317 readings. Hardcover.
Timeless Themes: Stories from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles for Grades 3 and 4. Boston:Unitarian Universalist Association, 1991. Skwire, Marjorie, Mary Ann Moore, and Nannene Gowdy. Curriculum accompaniment to Eugene Navias' Bible Songs on Timeless Themes: Songbook—an excellent way to teach biblical stories through learning African spirituals.
Sing and Shine On! An Innovative Guide to Leading Multicultural Song. Danbury, CT: World Music Press, 1995. Page, Nick. Available from World Music Press, PO Box 2065, Danbury, CT, 06813-2565; 800-810-2040.
The Nick Page Sing with Us Songbook. Milwaukee: Hal Leonard Publishers, 2008. Great sing along songs from many traditions including some fun Nick Page originals.
The Nick Page Songbook CD. Twenty songs for sing-alongs. Available online at www.cdfreedom.com, or call 800-937-3397.