To say that some people have strong feelings about the song "All Are Welcome" may be an understatement. While it has detractors it is also beloved by many, and when it is used in parishes the congregation sings. In this episode, composer Marty Haugen speaks with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert about "All Are Welcome" and, in doing so, shares his approach to composition, his philosophy of congregational singing, and his response to those who feel that liturgical songs are becoming too "political." Plus, listeners hear about Marty's original plans for the melody, and a unique congregation in San Francisco where the music ministry utilizes no instrumentation.
So, please open your hymnal to "All Are Welcome."
You can purchase a copy of the song score and a copy of the original song recording from GIA Publications.
You can purchase a piano score and copy of the instrumental recording of "All Are Welcome" (arranged and performed by Paul Tate) and the instrumental recording of "Kingsfold" (arranged and performed by Bobby Fisher) from GIA Publications.
You can learn more about music ministry at St. Gregory of Nyssa in San Francisco, California, by visiting their web page. There you can watch videos of their unique approach to inclusive congregational music ministry.
You can read the article titled "The Beauty of Our Worship in the Liturgy" by Bishop Robert Morlino at the Catholic Herald website (Diocese of Madison).
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