Arts & Faith St. Louis Statement on Racial Equity
Arts & Faith St. Louis is outraged and saddened by the murder of George Floyd and the many other instances of racism and violence inflicted on Black Americans in our country over many years.
We deplore systemic racism and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the Black community in calling for racial justice and transformation that leads to greater equity in our society.
There is no room for any form of hatred in our hearts and acts of violence in our communities. We’ve made mistakes in the past and we acknowledge that we have not done enough.
We pledge to continue working to ensure that our leadership and programming are racially diverse and to work for a more harmonious St. Louis, both as an organization and as individuals, so as to dismantle systemic racism and create a society that uplifts the dignity of all human beings.
Arts & Faith St. Louis is working to promote compassion with our faith communities to produce important online events featuring inspiring music, photography and storytelling, all on the theme of compassion.
Our tenth annual Arts & Faith St. Louis event, “Songs of Compassion” on October 25th at 4 pm, will be live-streamed on HEC-TV from The Sheldon, rather than being a traditional concert in The Sheldon. The continuing effects of the pandemic on public gatherings make this decision necessary in order to ensure the safety of our artists and you, our audience.
The concert will feature beautiful music sung by soloists from diverse faith communities and internationally renowned soprano Christine Brewer. As a special feature, we will pay tribute to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are doing their works of compassion during the pandemic, through a new song entitled “Thank You” sung by Christine Brewer. During the song we will show moving photographs taken by healthcare workers themselves. We are working with the St. Louis Camera Club on a “Pictures of Compassion” project that will generate additional moving photographs on the theme of compassion.
Elisabeth Brewer - RN Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Here are a few of the artists who will perform. This is "Mi Chamocha (Marching to the Promised Land)" by Rob Aronson.
2020 Storytelling Events ...
“STORIES OF COMPASSION” -- IN JULY, ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS AND THE ST. LOUIS STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PRESENTED TWO VIRTUAL EVENTS ON FACEBOOK AND ZOOM
On July 19, 2020 four amazing storytellers from different faith communities in the St. Louis region presented their "Stories of Compassion" for adults:
Rev. Sheila Bouie-Sledge – North Park United Methodist Church
Rabbi Susan Talve – Central Reform Congregation
Sabira Jamal – Muslim storyteller from a Pakistani family and a former teacher
Fr. Mark Wedig – Dominican friar, Aquinas Institute of Theology at St. Louis University
On July 22, 2020 a virtual free children's storytelling event included these four special storytellers with their "Stories of Compassion" for children:
Patty Carleton – Baha’i storyteller, former children’s librarian at St. Louis Public Library
Barbara Raznick – Jewish storyteller, former head of Saul Brodsky Jewish Community Library
Janet Brown – Episcopal, arts educator and theater teacher
Dr. Sumbul Meraj, M.D. – Muslim storyteller, Infectious Disease Specialist at St. Elizabeth Hospital and Memorial Hospital
On April 26, 2020 Arts & Faith St. Louis co-hosted with the St. Louis Storytelling Festival our first virtual storytelling event "STORIES OF COMPASSION"
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 - “Marabout"
Below is the full video of the virtual storytelling event. Click the arrow in the bottom left corner to play.
Last 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 shared their songs and music of hope. Also featured was celebrated soprano Christine Brewer, who performed new music by composer and clarinetist Stephanie Berg that premiered at Powell Symphony Hall, and a specially-assembled Interfaith Youth Chorus led by Maria Ellis.