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The Drummers and Joe
I am grateful for many things, and as I stand facing forward into the New Year, African drumming is one of them! Looking back over 2009, one of the stand-out moments for me was the Thanksgiving Service in Boston at The First Church of Christ, Scientist, (The Mother Church) where I serve as soloist.
This year, we had the distinct privilege of including some truly soulful folks whose lives are given to healing and caring. These folks also happen to be mostly African and drummers and they are Christian Science nurses and they shared their musical gifts with the congregation during the Thanksgiving service.
In my inimitable fashion, I will be telling you some stories and sub-stories of this experience – in 5 parts! It was such a rich, unifying and uplifting endeavor that went way beyond the actual church service (which was wonderful – but more on that later!) So here’s the story, or actually, here are the stories…
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A natural shelter in the fields outside Bethlehem. Starlight glowing overhead. Shepherds and wise men. These elements of the traditional Christmas story took on new meaning for international speaker, Chet Manchester, when he visited Israel several years ago. He captured hours of video footage in Bethlehem and in the green hills of Galilee, where Jesus grew up. Now, he and New York-based singer Julia Wade are bringing the Christmas story to life for interfaith audiences across the country through an inspirational talk and concert called “Christmas Presence” to be given in Darien’s newly completed Library on Thursday, December 3, at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by First Church of Christ, Scientist, Darien, the event combines music, scenes from Israel, and spiritual insights as it retraces Jesus’ life and light from past to present.