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On weekdays, Mary Louise Bringle can be found in a classroom at Brevard College in Brevard, NC, where she is Professor of Philosophy, Religion, and French, and chair of the Humanities Division. On Sunday mornings, she lectures to an adult education class at her local Presbyterian Church. Over the summer months, that Sunday school class expands to include music, crafts, and activities for ages four to 94; indeed, during the summer of 2004, her intergenerational efforts received a national award for creative use of computers in Christian Education programming.
A teacher at heart and a theologian by training (with a Ph.D. from Emory University and an assortment of publications in pastoral theology), she turned her hand to hymn text writing at the turn of the millennium. Since 2000, she has won a number of hymnwriting competitions, been featured as an "emerging text writer" by The Hymn Society in the US and Canada, and had her first single-author collection (Joy and Wonder, Love and Longing) published by GIA, for whom she is now translating Spanish language hymns into English.