A new hymn has been written to mark the 60th anniversary of the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament this year.
Composer Christopher Idle has penned the lyrics and a new tune has been written by Sue Gilmurray. Both are Christian CND members. The hymn, Let us Raise Our Voice, is available for use by any congregations and groups who dare to hope, work and pray for a more peaceful world.
The 60th anniversary of Christian CND will be marked in a number of ways, although some have been postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. An exhibition charting the history of Christian CND will be available to members and supporters to host in a local venue and a conference will take place in Newcastle on 3rd October. The year will culminate with an event in London in July 2021.
Christian CND Co-Chairs Martin Tiller and David Maxwell said, "We are delighted that Christopher and Sue have come together to write this new hymn. It really captures the essence of our campaign and the urgency of eliminating nuclear weapons for the benefit of everyone."
Christopher Idle said: "Christian CND does important work in highlighting issues around nuclear weapons to believers in the UK and I am pleased to be able to join them in marking their 60th anniversary with this great, playable and singable tune by Sue. Music is a powerful way to deliver a message and I hope people will heed the message in Let us Raise Our Voice."
Sue Gilmurray said: "I congratulate Christian CND on 60 years of campaigning for an end to nuclear weapons. Now more than ever, with the UK set to spend billions on a new generation of weapons, we need Christians to intercede for a better future. I hope this hymn, bringing together the global issues with our individual response in the context of God's love, will help in raising our awareness and inspiring action."
Listen to a recording of the hymn here: https://soundcloud.com/mightierpen/let-us-raise-our-voice-1
For full lyrics see: https://christiancnd.org.uk/let-us-raise-our-voice-a-hymn- for-christian-cnd/
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