Friday, April 12, 2013

Ellington Easter Interfaith Vespers April 20

Prof. Jon Pahl on sax
On Saturday, April 20, the spiritually-inspired music of Duke Ellington will blend with readings about peace from the world’s religions in a joyous celebration of Easter, non-violence, and Spring! Join us at 7:30 pm in the Schaeffer-Ashmead Chapel on the campus of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP), 7301 Germantown Avenue in the Mt. Airy section of Northwest Philadelphia. Free parking is available on campus. A free will offering will be collected to support several organizations.

If it’s true that “It Don’t Mean a Thing, if It Ain’t Got that Swing,” then this evening promises to be filled with meaning. The musicians of the G-D trio, with years of experience and training at Penn, Chicago, and the Hart School of Music - along with some special friends - are volunteering their talents to lift spirits out of any “Mood Indigo,” steel resolve to “Take the A Train” to peace, and celebrate hope and “Jump for Joy” on behalf of reducing gun violence and building a more peaceful Philadelphia.

Learn more about and support with your free will offering three organizations:

The LTSP Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL) program ( prepares leaders for spiritually-inspired social service organizations. In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple University, and the Temple University School of Social Work, MAPL crosses boundaries of sacred and secular, and prepares leaders to solve social problems, promote justice, and build peace — by engaging spiritual and practical resources.

Heeding God’s Call ( is a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence. We unite people of faith in the sacred responsibility to protect our brothers, sisters and children.

CeaseFirePA ( is a statewide coalition of survivors and advocates taking a stand against gun violence and criminals who use and traffic guns illegally.

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