Virtual Hymnal a new UU virtual hymnal is under construction

A Black woman wearing headphones smiles and sings, holding a tablet or iPad.

Our Vision: to build a living collection of song resources through an accessible, equitable, online platform grounded in UU values. This virtual hymnal will help Unitarian Universalism live into our prophetic calling as a joyful, liberatory, and anti-oppressive faith.

Imagine web access to hundreds of UU hymns that you can search for and confidently use in a range of events—from worship to social justice vigils! In close consultation with the Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries (AUUMM), the UUA has begun exploring what the next hymnal might include—and its Virtual Hymnal Task Force has been at work since March 2023.

The Virtual Hymnal Task Force is currently comprised of five members:

  • Karen Mooney, Virtual Hymnal Project Manager

  • Mary Benard, UUA Publications Director

  • Camille Hatton, professional musician and AUUMM member

  • Rev. Erika Hewitt, UUA Minister of Worship Arts

  • Carey McDonald, UUA Executive Vice President

The Task Force is currently designing the robust technology platform required for this unprecedented hymn collection, and researching the licensing agreements that will also be required.

We anticipate spending the 2023-2024 congregational year to develop a pilot so that we can invite feedback on that technology and its capacities. The Task Force is not engaged in selecting or soliciting hymns at this time; it will be late 2024 before we're able to shift our focus to developing guidelines and priorities for choosing songs for the Virtual Hymnal.

To receive periodic updates about our Task Force's work—including Zoom gatherings to talk about it—please subscribe to the WorshipWeb newsletter, "From the Muse to the Pews."