Saturday, February 1, 7-8:30pm
We are happy to partner again with Ave Choir. Some of you may recall this excellent group from their participation in Spirit Songs: Leonard Cohen a couple of years ago. In this 60+ minute program, the choir will trace the evolution of choral music from the Late Renaissance to the present day through fifteen pieces, including those by Mozart, Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Anton Rubinstein, and Leonard Cohen. Tickets are only $20! For more information and to purchase advance tickets, see the Eventbrite listing.
Spirit Songs is back!
Redeemer Lutheran Church is pleased to present the next in its series exploring and celebrating the spiritual content of popular song on Saturday, October 26th with Spirit Songs: The Music and Words of Nick Cave. Over more than 40 years of creative life, Cave has fearlessly addressed questions and themes at the heart of what it means to be human including love, death/murder and God/the divine; not necessarily in that order. His work has taken on even greater depth in the wake of the tragic accidental death of one of his teenage sons in 2015 as Cave addressed his coping with this tragedy.
This program will combine performances of key works from Cave's musical catalogue along with excerpts from his writings including readings from "The Red Hand Files", thoughtful, often pastoral, answers Cave has provided to fan questions on a wide range of subjects.
Contributors to this show include:
· Jon Brooks - Brooks’ music is polyphonic in sound, word, and influence. His performances are emotionally intense raids on the inexplicable human heart. Brooks’ 7 albums are thematic obsessions over paradox, love, fear, religion, war, PTSD, technology, grief, animal justice, murder, ecology, esoteria, and the stars - his essential message: we are loved.;
· Laurel MacDonald - a singer and a musician who works at intersections of traditional folk music and contemporary music technology;
· Mitch Girio - a composer, producer and engineer. Mitch has placed songs on tv/ film projects such as Gotham, Single Parents and Brightburn and recently completed production work on a new album by José Contreras' (By Divine Right);
· Vivienne Wilder - a singer, writer/poet, multi-instrumentalist, and visual artist whose musical work has been described as “literature punk”, “prairie punk”, and “jazz punk”;
· John Paul Kleiner - a singer/songwriter trading in melodic, guitar-based melancholy.
Tickets are only $25 and are AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR, 1696 Bloor St. West at Indian Rd (2 blocks east of Keele/Parkside Dr.).
Part of our series in "Finding Life in Grief, Death, and Dying"
Screening of Grief Walker
followed by a brief conversation
Friday October 11 - 7:00 PM at Redeemer Lutheran, Toronto
Popcorn and Soft Drinks Provided
Griefwalker is a National Film Board of Canada feature documentary film, directed by Tim Wilson. It is a lyrical, poetic portrait of Stephen Jenkinson’s work with dying people. Filmed over a twelve year period, Griefwalker shows Jenkinson in teaching sessions with doctors and nurses, in counselling sessions with dying people and their families, and in meditative and often frank exchanges with the film’s director while paddling a birch bark canoe about the origins and consequences of his ideas for how we live and die. See the trailer below:
A bit about Pam in her own words:
I received my MA in Theology (Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy) and my Master of Divinity degree from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2016. I am enrolled in doctoral studies in Martin Luther University College's PhD in Human Relationships program, field of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.
Prior to arriving at Luther, I completed a certificate in Thanatology (study of death and needs associated with dying) at Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, and the Advanced Hospice Palliative Care Education (AHPCE)/SWO Hospice Palliative Care Education.
Since 2011, I have been an active member of the Family Services Perth-Huron hospice program where I have journeyed with many of the dying and their families at end of life, and am a volunteer on-call spiritual care provider with Grand River Hospital’s spiritual care department.
I am a solitary practising Wiccan and an active member of the interfaith community at Martin Luther University College (formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary). I am affiliated with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA). I am a member of the Waterloo-Wellington LHIN’s spiritual care working group, and the communications officer for the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care’s Southwest Ontario Region executive committee.