A Place at the Table

For everyone born, a place at the table

Author: Shirley Erena Murray (1996)
Published in 13 hymnals

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Author: Shirley Erena Murray

Shirley Erena Murray (b. Invercargill, New Zealand, 1931) studied music as an undergraduate but received a master’s degree (with honors) in classics and French from Otago University. Her upbringing was Methodist, but she became a Presbyterian when she married the Reverend John Stewart Murray, who was a moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New Zealand. Shirley began her career as a teacher of languages, but she became more active in Amnesty International, and for eight years she served the Labor Party Research Unit of Parliament. Her involvement in these organizations has enriched her writing of hymns, which address human rights, women’s concerns, justice, peace, the integrity of creation, and the unity of the church. Many of her hymn… Go to person page >

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First Line: For everyone born, a place at the table
Title: A Place at the Table
Author: Shirley Erena Murray (1996)
Meter: with refrain
Place of Origin: New Zealand
Language: English
Refrain First Line: And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy
Notes: French translation: Pour tout être né, une place à la table" by Ervelyne Bernard; Spanish translation: "Para cada ser, un lugar en la mesa" by John Glaser; Honorable mention in the search for hymns on justice sponsored by Alternatives for Simple Living and the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada.
Copyright: © 1998, Hope Publishing Co.



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