This year we are working to inspire much-needed compassion as we all respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences on so many in our community.
The theme of our tenth annual concert is “Songs of Compassion” and is scheduled at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Sunday, October 25, 2020, with performances by renowned soprano Christine Brewer, our Interfaith Youth Chorus, and musicians from many diverse faith communities. We will show “Pictures of Compassion” documenting works of mercy by so many individuals and organizations through photography taken by members of the St. Louis Camera Club. We will pay special tribute to the works of compassion by the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who have cared for the sick in the St. Louis region.
If we are not able to present the October 25th concert due to restrictions or concerns caused by the pandemic, we will proceed with a unique Plan B virtual event on that same date.
We are also continuing our other online work with virtual events in collaboration with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, and by developing new programs in both the visual arts and written word that connect and inspire arts and faith communities in St. Louis.
“STORIES OF COMPASSION” -- ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS CO-PRESENTED A VIRTUAL STORYTELLING EVENT WITH THE ST. LOUIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM
On April 26, 2020 at 2:00 PM, Arts & Faith St. Louis and the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, an MU Extension Program, co-hosted a virtual free storytelling event on the theme “Stories of Compassion.”
The free event was be available only on Zoom: https://muextension.zoom.us/j/519027333
Four storytellers from Christian, Hindu, Muslim and Jewish faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their “Stories of Compassion”:
David Greenhaw of Eden Seminary - "On Epidemics and Orphans"
Bala Anantharama of the Hindu Faith - “Global Well-Being”
Mufti Asif Omar of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis - "Story of a Rider and An Old Man"
Rabbi James Stone Goodman of Central Reform Congregation - “How Many Does It Take?"
Out of concern for the health and safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, and the potential spread of COVID-19 in our city and region, the Saint Louis Art Museum will be closed for at least four weeks beginning March 16, 2020.
This year’s concert, “Songs of Hope,” featured both adult and young singers and musicians from six faith communities – including Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist vocal ensembles from across the metropolitan area who will share their songs and music of hope. Also featured was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer, who performed new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that was recently premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and a specially-assembled Interfaith Youth Chorus led by Maria Ellis.