12th Assembly 2009

Songs that Unite competition

The Uniting Church in Australia has announced a national inaugural songwriting competition called Songs that Unite.

The Rev. Terence Corkin, National Assembly General Secretary, said the competition acknowledged the central role song had played in religious life throughout the ages and that the Uniting Church aimed to nurture the contemporary Christian voice.

“We’ve got some great talent in music and worship leadership and there’s a need for new material,” he said.

The idea is to encourage songwriters throughout the Uniting Church to offer their gifts to worshipping congregations across the country and focuses on congregational singing rather than individual performance.

Anyone can enter and the competition is open to all styles though certain guidelines do apply. 

In particular the Assembly is looking for pieces of contemporary music for use in a congregational setting that relate to aspects of a worship service: gathering the people; opening up to God; responding to God; and going forth.

The first prize winner will receive $500 and four highly commended songs will receive $150. The National Assembly plans to promote the winning song nation-wide and produce a CD with a selection of songs, which will be made available to the wider church.

Aside from having fun and celebrating creativity, the competition is a way to make connections and foster church culture.

“We want to find a way of tapping into writers and finding a way of sending them back out, not just into the Uniting Church community but also the wider market for Christian music,” said Mr Corkin. “It’s about linking writers with communities.”

Entries close February 26, 2010.
Winners announced March 31, 2010.

For further information go to: www.assembly.uca.org.au