A little over a year ago, the Episcopal Church undertook a detailed study to consider publishing a new hymnal to replace the Hymnal 1982. Episcopalians around the country took part in a lengthy on-line study. The results of this study may be found on the Church Pension Group’s website:

https://www.cpg.org/global/research/reports-statistics/

I invite you to look at the findings of the committee (warning – it’s a very long report). Of particular interest was the desire among young people who took the survey to retain traditional hymnody, and their overall reticence to embrace the use of praise bands and other more “contemporary/folk” elements of music. The Rev. Robert Hendrickson has provided an insightful argument about what these findings mean on his blog:

http://thecuratesdesk.org/2012/05/15/dont-do-it-for-the-kids-of-hymnal-revision-and-young-adults/

For the present, it seems that there will be no forward movement at this time to replace the Hymnal 1982 (there had been hope among some for a Hymnal 2018). The only thought that I would add to these findings was my overall displeasure in the survey itself. Many people use the words modern, contemporary, folk interchangeably. To me, they each mean different things, and my definitions would likely differ from those used by my colleagues. I fear that some of the questions, as they were asked in the survey, were not clear on exactly what type of music was being evaluated.