Concert with a Cause—"My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord": Spirituals in Concert From A Black Woman's Perspective

Concert with a Cause—”My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord”: Spirituals in Concert From A Black Woman’s Perspective


09/27/2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Longtime Meeting House mezzo-soprano soloist Elise Christina Jenkins and Director of Music Dr. Steven Seigart will present a concert of spirituals, all arranged by African-American composers, as part of the Meeting House’s Concert With A Cause series.

This Facebook Live concert (held via the Meeting House’s Facebook Page) will combine moving arrangements of these familiar sacred songs along with Ms. Jenkins’ commentary on the spiritual genre and its unique place in American history.

A freewill offering will be taken up to support the Meeting House’s continued efforts to dismantle systemic racism. Specifically, part of the freewill offering will go to VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement) and directly help address and advocate for issues of:
  • Affordable housing and housing insecurity, including seeking to halt evictions across Virginia during this time of pandemic;
  • Criminal justice reform, including helping reduce mass incarceration and restoring citizen rights; and
  • Education, especially as so many children and their families struggle to learn and receive other needed support from their public schools during this pandemic.

The offering will also go to shared service and justice efforts with other congregations, such as Alfred Street Baptist Church, where we’ve already started to have conversations about addressing issues of:

  • Food insecurity in our local community;
  • Educational challenges created by the pandemic; and
  • Struggles some of our elderly population are having with isolation.
For more on the Meeting House’s efforts to dismantle racism, visit opmh.org/antiracism.