After InterConnections published an article on ways to hold a dedication ceremony for a new or remodeled building, the Rev. John Corrado contacted us to make us aware of a dedication hymn he had written in 1993 for the UU Fellowship of Athens, Ga.
The hymn, “Ever New,” has five verses and speaks about how a new building can lead to “beauty of the souls we grow” and can inspire congregants to “deeds of courage, mercy, right.” Here’s the first verse:
“The eye delights in beauty here. Of glass and beam and stone. A deeper beauty we invite, by what we can become. Ever new, ever new. By beauty of the souls we grow, our church is ever new. Ever new, ever new. By beauty of the souls we grow, our church is ever new.”