They'll Know We Are Christians

Author: Peter Scholtes

Peter Scholtes (1938–2009) Peter was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Oak Park, where he attended Ascension School and Fenwick High School before studying at Quigley and St. Mary of the Lake-Mundelein seminaries. He earned his Masters in Adult Education and Organization Development at Boston University. Peter wrote the hymn "They'll Know We Are Christians by Our Love" while he was a parish priest at St. Brendan's on the South Side of Chicago in the 1960s. At the time, he was leading a youth choir out of the church basement and was looking for an appropriate song for a series of ecumenical, interracial events. When he couldn't find such a song, he wrote the now-famous hymn in a single day. His experiences at St. Brendan's, a… Go to person page >



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Hymns of the Saints: Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints #466

Praise! Our Songs and Hymns #136

Scripture Song Database #3595

Sing Joyfully #119

Worship and Rejoice #595


Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #256

Sing the Faith #2223

The Faith We Sing #2223

Gather (3rd ed.) #835

Gather Comprehensive #735

Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #728

Oramos Cantando = We Pray In Song #669

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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #300

Hymns for a Pilgrim People: a congregational hymnal #495

Hymns of Promise: a large print songbook #94

Chalice Hymnal #494

찬송과 예배 = Chansong gwa yebae = Come, Let Us Worship: the Korean-English Presbyterian hymnal and service book #257

Baptist Hymnal 2008 #385

The Celebration Hymnal: songs and hymns for worship #429

The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration #284

Celebrating Grace Hymnal #272

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