Helping you find progressive hymns for worship
Following the success of our 2018 AGM when we ‘sang hymns again for the first time’, PCN offers to churches and groups a chance to bring people together to sing and talk about hymns and songs, their theology and usage.
One of the ways in which PCN hopes to help churches discover a more progressive approach to faith is through a radical rethink on the content of hymns and songs.
‘Singing the Faith’ is of course an integral part of worship and always has been. Many books have been written on music and the liturgy and people have favourite hymns which mean a great deal to them. Theology is expressed through singing as we have seen in how different denominations have used psalms, chants, songs and hymns over the centuries.
Today much of that theology is challenged in the light of scholarship. For example the notion of substitutionary atonement is abhorrent to many progressive Christians and yet so much of our hymnody makes such reference to this doctrine.
Here is a list of the hymns that we sang at the 2018 AGM. You will find in the Worship Resources - Hymns section of our website, further examples and also an article concerning music and its meaning and a list of publishers of hymns that are considered compatible with progressive Christian worship.
Following the success of our AGM when we ‘sang hymns again for the first time’, PCN is now offering to churches and groups a chance to bring people together to sing and talk about hymns and songs, their theology and usage. It makes for a lively few hours!
If you want to enquire further and discuss any of these matters, please do contact Adrian Alker, our PCN chairperson who will gladly try to be of help.