2019 Mullin Forum

Mel BringleFeb. 10-11, 2019

This year's Mullin Forum speaker is Mel Bringle, an award-winning hymnwriter and chair of the committee that created PC(USA)’s Glory to God hymnal.

Mel grew up in our church and graduated from Guilford College.

Join us for...

  • combined worship service at 10:30 am Sunday, Feb. 10, in the Sanctuary.
  • lunch after worship Feb. 10 in Mullin Life Center. Please RSVP to Debby Foster: 336-478-4702 or dfoster(at)fpcgreensboro.org by Feb. 5.
  • Mel's Monday, Feb. 11, workshop for church leaders and anyone else who wants to attend, beginning at 9:30 am. (Registration required for workshop.)

Sunday, Feb. 10


Combined 10:30 am worship in the Sanctuary: Wonderful Words of Life


After worship, Mullin Life Center: What Language Shall I Borrow?

RSVP for lunch ($10) to Debby Foster by Feb. 5: 336-478-4702 or dfoster(at)fpcgreensboro.org.

About Mel's lunch topic: Language choices create some of the most challenging puzzles for people who create denominational hymnals. When should we sing the words of hymns (and other worship songs) exactly as the original authors wrote them? When are we better served by making careful revisions? What should be done with “archaic” language?  What about gender-exclusive nouns or pronouns, or other words whose connotations have changed over time? What makes one translation, or one text/tune pairing, “better” than another? This presentation will delve into a number of such questions as they were addressed by the compilers of Glory to God, the hymnal for the PC(USA).

More about Mel

Here's a profile about Mel from Guilford College's alumni magazine (pdf).


Monday, Feb. 11

Register here($25 fee includes breakfast and lunch.)

9:30 am workshop for church leaders, Mullin Life Center: Songs for the Spiritual Journey: Multi-sensory Hymn-based Practices for Lent Year C

Psalm 103 suggests that we are to praise God with all that is within us. Hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs offer prime resources for doing this. They not only appeal to our musical and verbal intelligences, but also to our concern for nature, our passion for art, our fascination with logic, our interpersonal skills, and our intrapersonal depths. This workshop will explore worship songs appropriate to the scriptural themes of Lent Year C, and introduce a variety of multi-sensory practices to bring those songs to life. It is appropriate not just for people called to plan worship, music, and Christian nurture for congregations, but also for individuals interested in practicing multi-sensory means of prayer throughout their own Lenten journeys (and beyond).

Our Speaker

Mary Louise (Mel) Bringle is a professor of philosophy and religious studies at Brevard College. Her Ph.D. in practical and pastoral theology is from Emory University. An award-winning hymn writer whose original texts and translations appear in the hymnals of numerous denominations in North America and Scotland, she has served as President of The Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada and as chair of the Presbyterian Committee on Congregational Song, responsible for creating the hymnal Glory to God.

About the Mullin Forum

The Mullin Forum is designed for rejuvenation and rejoicing. If you are a pastor, a church professional or a lay leader, this forum is a place to rest and rediscover your gifts and rejoice in the God who gave them.

Joe Mullin

The Session of First Presbyterian Church established the Joe and Betty Mullin Preaching and Teaching Forum in 1991 to honor the former minister of this church and his wife. The forum brings distinguished preachers, teachers or similar guests to preach for the community and conduct workshops for ministers and church leaders.

Past speakers have included Fred Craddock, Samuel Proctor, Walter Brueggemann, Joanna M. Adams, Rodger Nishioka, John Buchanan, Nora T. Tisdale, Tom Tewell, Thomas Troeger, Barbara Brown Taylor, James A. Forbes Jr. and Shannon J. Kershner.

Contributions to the Mullin Forum fund, established at Dr. Mullin’s retirement in 1988, underwrite this project. Contributions are accepted.