Diverse in Culture, Nation, Race

This is a hymn about ethnic diversity and unity

It was written by American theologian and liturgical researcher Ruth Carolyn Duck (1947-).  First published in 1992, it was in the 2nd and 3rd editions of the Gather hymnal.   Sheet music can be purchased directly from GIA Publications, here - and they have made a version available for free download until November 2017 (link below).

With Long Meter (LM), tunes it has been set to include
  • TALLIS CANON by Thomas Tallis (1510-1583) - the original setting, this tune has been used for many other hymns eg "Glory to thee my God this night".
  • CANONBURY by Robert Schumann (1839)


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Singer with guitar, tune TALLIS CANON

Choir with accompaniment


The words to this hymn are copyright, so cannot be reproduced here.  However they are available on this website.  A rough outline is:
1 Diverse in culture ...

2 God, let us be a bridge of care ...

3 When chasms widen ....

4 God, let us be a table spread

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Diverse in culture, nation, race,
we come together by Your grace.
God, let us be a meeting ground
where hope and healing love are found.

God, let us be a bridge of care
connecting people everywhere.
Help us confront all fear and hate
and lust for power that separate.

When chasms widen, storms arise,
O Holy Spirit, make us wise.
Let our resolve, like steel, be strong
to stand with those who suffer wrong.

God, let us be a table spread
with gifts of love and broken bread,
where all find welcome, grace attends,
and enemies arise as friends.

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