Abbington Presents Paper at International Music Conference

James AbbingtonJames Abbington, associate professor of church music and worship at Candler, presented a paper for the 25th International Association of Hymnological Research Conference, July 26-31, in Kamien Slaski, Poland. The academic conference was organized and sponsored by the department of theology at the University of Opole (Poland) and several other international organizations focused on liturgy, music, hymnology, and cultural identity. The conference theme, "The Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Christian Songs under Persecution and Oppression...Singing When It is Difficult to Believe," was based on Psalm 137.

Abbington's paper, "Unsung Hymns by Black and Unknown Bards: Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), was one of three papers presented by members of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (HSUSC) and other members of the University of Opole and the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Abbington also performed as the organist for the hymn festival presented by the HSUSC entitled "Free At Last! Spiritual Songs of Liberation from North and South America." The hymn festival took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Opole.

Conference attendees were from Slovakia, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, Australia, Hungary, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, and the UK.