In Christ there is no East or West

This is a hymn about ethnic diversity and unity.  It is sometimes associated with Galatians 3:28 ("in Christ there is neither Gentile nor Jew").

The words were written by Will­iam A. Dunk­er­ley (pseudonym John Oxenham, 1852-1941), for the Pageant of Darkness and Light at the London Missionary Society’s ex­hi­bi­tion “The Or­i­ent in London".  It was first published in 1908.

With common meter (CM), it has been set to many tunes including:
  • ST PETER (aka REINAGLE) by Al­ex­an­der R. Rein­a­gle (major key)
  • MCKEE - adapted from an Af­ro-Amer­i­can spir­it­u­al by Harry T. Burleigh, 1939 (minor key / Mixolydian ) - most common in the USA
  • BOURNE by Everett R. Currier, 1941
  • KILMARNOCK by Neil Dougall (1776-1862)
  • I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - compliments of the Boy Scouts of Canada


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Large choir with organ, professional recording. Tune: MCKEE

Small group with guitar, tune MCKEE - arranged by John Farley

Instrumental - piano. Tune MCKEE 


In Christ there is no east or west,
In him no south or north,
But one great fellowship of love
Throughout the whole wide earth.

In him shall true hearts everywhere
Their high communion find,
His service is the golden cord
Close-binding humankind.

Join hands, united in the faith,
Whate'er your race may be!
Who serves my Father as a son
Is surely kin to me.

In Christ now meet both east and west,
In him meet south and north,
All Christ-like souls are one in him,
Throughout the whole wide earth.

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