Over the past eight years, it has been my pleasure to voluntarily serve on the organizing committee for Sing Fires of Justice. SFOJ is an annual festival of music and words, designed to raise awareness and support for social justice. The multi-faith program is presented by the Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song at Martin Luther University College and Laurier Centre for Music in the Community. We gather each year with several hundred participants to acknowledge, reflect upon, pray for and “sing in to” the collective hope and action toward better justice in our communities. Tomorrow will be a special Spring Sing Fires program entitled Still@Home, addressing homelessness in our neighbourhoods on the one year anniversary of a pandemic requiring us to all “stay at home”.
Join us virtually March 21, 2021 at 7 pm by registering at the link below:
Event Link: http://bit.ly/SingFires2021 | Meeting ID: 957 2563 4618 | Passcode: 777141
The first concert that Abraham Jam ever performed was under the auspices of the North Carolina Council of Churches. David LaMotte was working there as their Peace and Justice program staffer, and they came up with the idea of this concert in conjunction with Muslim, Christian, and Jewish student groups on the various campuses near there. The students picked the artists, so the musicians — Dawud Wharnsby, David LaMotte, and Dan Nichols— had never met each other before. Ten years later, Dan has handed off to Billy Jonas, and Abraham Jam became a band, with two albums and a film!
Now the NCCC, where it all began, has invited us back for an online screening of the 18-minute documentary, Braided Prayer, created by John Kennedy and David Saich. The film has now screened at five film festivals on three continents, and the band is excited to start touring again, post-pandemic. Here’s the trailer for the film.
Please join us on Tuesday night March 9th, 2021 for a screening of Braided Prayer and a live interview with the band, hosted by the Council’s own Vanna Fox. The event is free, online on Crowdcast, and will include some conversation, some giveaways, audience questions, and even a live song. We hope you can join us! – and please spread the word to friends who might enjoy it, too, by sharing this link: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/85zwflze