May 28: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace

Sunday, May 28 at 2:00 p.m. in the Nave

Featuring Myers Park United Methodist Church chancel choir and instrumentalists, conductor James R. Jones, and organist Nicolas Haigh, this deeply moving and timely choral work charts the growing menace of humanity’s descent into war. With texts from diverse religious and historical sources, it echoes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s call for peace and the hope that “love will have the last word.”

On display that afternoon will be Riverside’s “Torpedoes into Plowshares” project, conceived by congregant Jeremiah Drake, who also convenes Riverside’s Theatre of the Oppressed. A 100 kg high explosive torpedo purchased in 2010 is being transformed by blacksmith Marsha Trattner. Later this summer, we will use those same shovels to plant seeds as part of the Grateful giving and serving campaign, as an expression of our community’s gratitude and commitment to peace.

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