Singing and peace come together in 24 Hour Hymn Sing Vigil

GOSHEN, Ind. — Mennonites are known for their a capella hymn singing. They are also known for their peacemaking efforts. For 24 consecutive hours, the two will come together on the Goshen College campus in a hymn sing vigil.

The singing will begin at 11 a.m. Monday, April 7 and end 24 hours later at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 8 In the Music Center Rieth Recital Hall.

Deb Brubaker, associate professor of music, planned the vigil to “grieve with those whose family and friends are in Iraq, to lament aggression and loss of life, to promote peace and healing in their many forms and to extend the hand of fellowship to our community and wider world.”

She said, “If we can come together and agree to sing, pray and grieve together, it is one small step in the right direction.”

Approximately eight to 10 different hymn leaders, including students, faculty, staff and some community members, will conduct hymns throughout the day.

Community members are welcome to join students, faculty and staff in the vigil through singing, listening and praying.

Editors: For information, contact Jodi Hochstedler at or (574) 535-7572.