Sunday, April 30
“Who We Really Are”
Rev. Danny Reed
Over the past months, our Social Justice Committee has looked into the possibility of our congregation assisting refugees seeking new lives in Charleston. Two gentlemen from Afghanistan will soon arrive and many members are prepared to help our friends furnish their apartment, stock their cupboards, connect with all eligible social services, learn or improve English speech, etc. Our service will address larger themes of such hospitality and let members know how they can help.
“What Can Be Hurried”
William Epes, Intern Minister
“To every thing, there is a season, and a time to every purpose…” In Ecclesiastes, some find a comforting call to life’s balance and wholeness. Others find an impossible approach to urgency. What can wait? Who will wait? A Vespers for congregants and community to dwell together in gratitude between difficult days and hard nights.
10:00 a.m., Gage Hall
“Musical Protest in the age of You Tube”
Michael O’Brien, College of Charleston Musicology
The history of social movements in the U.S. has often involved musical participation: marches, group songs and chants, hootenannies and more. As Americans have moved toward consuming more of their music individually and virtually (over earbuds, on iPods or computers, and often in isolation), some scholars believed that the collective music-making’s potential as a vehicle for politics would be diminished. I will argue that recent examples of movements such as Occupy Wall Street, the Wisconsin Uprising and Black Lives Matter suggest that individualized, virtual music consumption has not replaced communal music making, but feeds back into it in interesting ways.