Unitarian-Universalist hymnody, USA
American Unitarians and Universalists participated actively in compiling hymnals and writing hymns throughout the 19th and early 20th century, amassing well over fifty collections before embarking on their first joint venture in Hymns of the Spirit (Boston, 1937). This work pre-dated the actual merger of the American Unitarian Association (AUA) and the Universalist Church of America (UCA) in 1961. Subsequent volumes, described later in this article, appeared in 1964, 1978, 1993, and 2005. Since both denominations historically made many decisions at the congregational level, it is not surprising that many of the earlier volumes arose from these particular congregational contexts with varying...
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