The eponymous Jess (Jess’s Journal) makes me happy because she knows how to make an S-ending name possessive correctly, a tiny matter that has long bristled me. Still flu-ish, I guess I bristle easily.
The same Jess has also pointed out the difference between simple and simplistic music in worship. The low estate of Unitarian Universalist hymnody has bother me dearly for many years, and, despite my great misgivings about Unitarianism, its faithful once produced some of the greatest hymns known in English. A Catholic organist I once knew noted the Unitarians wrote hymns that dealt seriously with time and place, especially the cycles of time and the quality of natural spaces. I’ve never studied the observation formally because that rings true. (And I’ve said before the Universalists were middling hymn writers at best. Usually too busy making a theological point to get the poetry out.)
Talk about, say, the Hosmer and “two Sams” hymns has dried up since the 1993 grey hymnal came out. I don’t recall if any of these are in it. What, if any, classic Unitarian hymns are still in wide use?