Our service on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"Called to Act: Perspectives on Social Change" at 7:00 pm

We see in front of us diverse people trying to make a positive impact in their communities by confronting injustice in vastly different ways. What do we think of when we think of 'Social Change'? What does that mean to each one of us as individuals and as a part of this community? How do these different conceptions of social change motivate us to act and what are their potential impacts? Come join us for the discussion!

Speaker

Manuel Padilla

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Guest Speaker, Workshop Facilitator

Manuel Padilla is the executive director of Portland Meet Portland and is a teacher and consultant in the areas of dialogue, conflict transformation, social change, and international aid and development. He has a BA in philosophy from Portland State University; an MA in peace, conflict, and development studies from the UNESCO Chair for the Philosophy of Peace; and has done peace building and human rights work both domestically and internationally. His professional interest is rooted in his deep spiritual desire to use group processes to foster cultures of encounter and vulnerability, transform conflict, and build civil society.

Musicians

Lauri Jones

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vocalist
Link to http://www.laurijones.com

Lauri Jones is a multi-dimensional artist with a diverse professional background, having performed in regional theatres, jazz clubs, pop and dance bands, on cruise ships, and as a back-up singer on a variety of major label recordings. She holds a Masters in Music from the Boston Conservatory.

Over the past several years, Lauri has been primarily focused on performing and writing music that reflects her deepening spirituality, in large part thanks to the teachings and community of New Thought Center for Spiritual Living. After a wonderfully supported Kickstarter campaign, she released her first studio album in that realm ("Walk Your Life") in 2015, joining forces with partner and co-producer Eric Montgomery, with whom she also has a piano/percussion/vocal duo called Montgomery Jones.

Lauri is currently celebrating the release of her 2nd inspirational album "Watch Love Rise", a collection of mostly live performances (captured right here at NTCSL) with an eye on love, compassion, and unity in these particularly trying and divisive times. She has been enjoying sharing her music in spiritual centers and a variety of other venues, conferences, and retreats in the greater Pacific Northwest and beyond. Lauri also has an album from her cruise ship days called "Have You Met Miss Jones", a collection of jazz/cabaret tunes from her one-woman show of the same name.

For more information, please visit Lauri's website at www.laurijones.com.

Sharon Eng

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Musician, Workshop Leader and Facilitator

Sharon Eng has held principal viola positions in many parts of the world, among them: Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, New York City Symphony, and the Polish Sinfonietta in Poznan, with whom she toured China on two occasions. For 14 years, Dr. Eng directed the Middle and High School strings programs at Jakarta International School, conducting her orchestras to rave reviews in Bangkok, Budapest, London, Rome, Shanghai, Singapore and Vienna. Sharon holds BMus and MMus degrees in viola performance from the Juilliard School, is an active chamber recitalist in the United States and abroad, teaches violin/viola at Multnomah Arts Center and plays with the Raphael Spiro Quartet (www.raphaelspirostringquartet.org). She has been on the faculty of the International Music Institute and Festival at Mount St. Mary's University at Emmitsburg, Maryland since 2002 (www.imif.us).

Gary Skye

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Wednesday Night Music Director
Link to contact

Gary Skye has studied piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Eastman School of Music, Stanford University, University of Southern California, and most recently, Portland State University where he earned his master’s degree in piano performance. Gary’s work as a church musician began at Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living where he also attended as a child. He’s served as a pianist, organist, and vocalist in various churches including San Jose CSL and Whole Life CSL. Gary has worked as a staff accompanist and vocal coach for many organizations and academic institutions, including Sonoma State University, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. In addition to his service through the music ministry at New Thought CSL, Gary maintains an active teaching studio of piano and vocal students and is a prolific composer of spiritual songs and chants.

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