Abbington's paper, "Unsung Hymns by Black and Unknown Bards: Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), was one of three papers presented by members of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada (HSUSC) and other members of the University of Opole and the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland. Abbington also performed as the organist for the hymn festival presented by the HSUSC entitled "Free At Last! Spiritual Songs of Liberation from North and South America." The hymn festival took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Opole.
Conference attendees were from Slovakia, Germany, Norway, Taiwan, Australia, Hungary, Austria, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Romania, Sweden, and the UK.