We were lucky to also have a team of Glocal Musician Educators at Synod Assembly. They taught a variety of uplifting songs from diverse cultures taking us on a journey exploring the relationship between worship and culture the Lutheran World Federation organizes in terms of four dimensions:


  • Transcultural - Having the same substance for everyone everywhere, beyond culture

  • Contextual - Varying according to the local situation

  • Counter-cultural - Challenging what is contrary to the Gospel in a given culture

  • Cross-cultural - Sharing elements across cultures


Download the music booklet used during Synod Assembly


From Glocal. . .


Thank you for your interest in bringing Glocal songs into your community. Worship unites communities of faith of all places and all times who celebrate Gods presence in the world with joyful songs from every language.  

Below we will share a few best practices when using a Glocal song; to ensure you do right by copyright as well as honoring where these songs come from. Today diverse voices are renewing worship by gathering and sharing the gifts of the whole church.   




I would like to start with something we like to call the TLC of a song. It is importation that whenever a song is presented that the following three things always be named. The stories are important. Sometimes we forget the people and their stories as we sing songs from another context. We might be tempted to consume songs and cultures.


Remembering to sing the story with the song is to remember the whole self of the body of Christ and not just our perceived favorite parts. For this we are intentional to present each song by always naming at least the following: 


  1. The Title of the song (In its original language and then the English translation)

  2. The Language of the song

  3. The Country the song comes from   


For most of the songs taught by the Global Musician Educators you will need to request the necessary permissions for its use.  This happens in many ways. I’ll share the three that apply for the songs in this repertoire.


  1. Copyright Licenses

    1. Whether you are printing for a worship service or projecting on a screen you will need to purchase a license to report copyright usage from either

      1. https://www.onelicense.net/

        1. They have a single use license, a one-time event license or an annual license if you plan on using it many times. 

        2. Their customer service is very helpful in helping you discern which one makes the most sense. 

      2. CCLI ( Christian Copyright Licensing International ) https://us.ccli.com/

        1. This is an alternative if you cannot find the song you are looking for at OneLicense.

    2. On the music itself, you will find clues about permissions and composer names as well that can assist you when there is more than one song with the same name.  

  2. Asking for permission:

    1. Some of the hymns of the repertoire are used by permission. 

      1. This means we have asked the composer for permission directly and agreed to any compensation they have asked for the use of the song.  

  3. Public Domain

    1. This means that the song belongs to the public and does not require reporting.

  4. Some of the songs are from a recording studio.  

    1. These songs can be sung and played during worship, however, they cannot be recorded, broadcasted or reproduced for profit.  


Those that can be used for Video will depend on the license holder.


Download an excel sheet that divides the songs of the repertoire in the above-mentioned categories.


More information about the Glocal Musician Educators can be found on the ELCA website:


Samples of Glocal music is available on Soundcloud: