Milligan University features An Evening with hymn writer Dr. Mary Louise Bringle
Published 12:23 pm Thursday, January 4, 2024
In conjunction with the Milligan Hymn Festival, the music department and Arts Council of the university will present a talk and demonstration by internationally renowned hymn writer Dr. Mary Louise Bringle, who will discuss her process as a hymn writer and the continuing vital importance of hymnody in worship.
Bringle serves as Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and French, and chair of the Humanities Division at Brevard College. For over 20 years, she has been a much-celebrated writer of hymn texts that illustrate her commitment to creating new traditional worship music that is relevant to 21st century congregations. Her award-winning texts come from both her training as a theologian and her life’s work as an educator paired with her heart for the Church. Her hymn texts are included in a broad ecumenical range of hymnals including for Presbyterian (USA), Mennonite, Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Episcopalian, United Church of Canada, and Church of Scotland. In addition, Dr. Bringle’s publications in the field of hymnology include Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing, In Wind and Wonder, and Introducing Glory to God. She has served as President of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (THS) and received their highest award in 2020 for her work as a hymn writer, translator, educator, scholar, and committee chair for the creation of the Glory to God hymnal.
On Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Milligan’s orchestra and choral ensembles will be joined by several local high school and church choirs for a special program of music and worship for the entire community.
The concert will feature majestic arrangements performed by the combined choirs and orchestra as well as guest pianists and organists. Audience members will also be invited to join in singing favorite hymns of the past, as well as newer hymns written by Mary Louise Bringle and Milligan Alumna Barbara Hamm.