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December 9, 2013

Ambassadors sing for peace: a tribute to Nelson Mandela

by Esther Lee

The four ambassadorsOn December 5, the Salvation Army in New York hosted a delightful holiday concert, presenting four singing Ambassadors. Little did anyone know that it would fall on the day one of the most revered men who symbolized unity and freedom would pass away. The news of Nelson Mandela’s death grieves us all. It made the concert even more meaningful, as he had committed his life to fighting for freedom and peace, which were precisely the messages that the Ambassadors promoted.

The Ambassadors who sang were:

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January 19, 2012

Those who cannot keep from singing

I give thanks today for those who cannot keep from singing.

Song sustains us, guides us.
Song expresses our deepest fears and our most profound hopes.
Song challenges the powers and proclaims an alternative vision.
Song leads us into living that alternative.

The January Term Doctor of Ministry class meeting at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations attended chapel at the Church Center for the United Nations today. Chaplain Kathleen Stone reminded us of the power and roles of song. And I thought of:

Victor Jara
Odetta
Pete Seeger
Paul Robeson
Sweet Honey in the Rock
Vedran Smailović
Tommy ...

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May 26, 2011

Big Tent Registration Extended

The registration deadline for the Peacemaking Pre-conference Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call and Conference Growing Christ’s Peace at the Big Tent is extended to JUNE 15. Peacemaking registration scholarships funds are still available on a...

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May 13, 2011

IEPC Theme Song

For Jamaican singer/songwriter Grub Cooper, music is not only the universal language but also the fastest way to reach people and touch their emotions. And for Cooper, the music has to be accessible to all. During the past 40 years...

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April 13, 2011

Lord, What a Parade! - new hymn for Palm Sunday

Lord, What a Parade! LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”) Lord, what a parade! The crowd quickly grew; What noise they all made in welcoming you. “Hosanna!” they shouted. “It’s David’s own son! Hosanna! Come save us!...

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