UNITARIANS chose their annual meetings at the University of Chester as the occasion for the debut of their new hymn book, Sing Your Faith.
Some of its contents were given their debut at the anniversary service on Friday (April 17).
The collection of 220 hymns draws on the work of modern hymn writers, many of them contemporary British Unitarians. While some are hymns for the traditional Christian occasions – Easter, Christmas, Harvest, Remembrance Day, weddings and communion – others focus on contemporary ecological and social concerns such as care for the environment, respect for other faiths, the anonymity of urban life, inclusiveness.
Music editor David Dawson rehearsed a ‘scratch’ choir in the intervals between business sessions so that they could present them at the service.
Unitarianism comes from a tradition of free-thinking which existed even in the middle ages. The break with the state church came in 1662 when more than 2,000 ministers were ejected for refusing to subscribe to the Act of Uniformity, preferring freedom of belief to the imposition of Articles of Faith.