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GOOD FRIDAY MEDIA RELEASE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by JOHN C. GARDNER   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 15:22

Two strikingly different services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Good Friday this week will mark a singularly dark event—Christ’s death on the cross. One is traditional. Another features the blues-- that’s right, the blues.

The first of the two Good Friday services will be a noon at the historic Cathedral, Brady Street and Palmer Drive (11th St.), Davenport. The mid-day service uses a traditional liturgy, marked by Bible readings tracing the prophets’ foretelling Christ’s coming and culminating with Jesus’ arrest, trial and sacrifice on the cross.

It is enhanced by traditional hymns and features anthems by the Cathedral Choir by J S Bach and Elgar. Soprano Michelle Crouch of the Augustana music faculty also will perform.

Then, at 7 p.m. the same Biblical story will be told. But this time, it will be accompanied by blues played by Ellis Kell, director of programming and community outreach at the River Music Experience, and well-known in regional music circles. Kell will be joined by Hal Reed and Bret Dale.

Why the blues, music originating from the bleak history of slavery, and more often identified as secular, not religious?

“What could be more fitting on the day when Jesus was stripped naked, beaten and hung on a cross. Blues deal with life’s deepest realities, varnish-stripped-away raw pain…all that’s left to do is sing the blues,” the program’s originators explain.

Joining the Cathedral in sponsoring this unique evening program are St.Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davenport, and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Bettendorf. A free-will offering will benefit Braking Traffik, an organization dedicated to eradicating sex trafficking in the Quad Cities area.

The public is welcome at both of these very different services.

For more information, contact Dean John Horn at (563) 323-9989.

 
Songs of the Civil Rights Movement at the Moline Public Library PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:13

Award winning Illinois folksinger Chris Valillo will perform Songs of the Civil Rights Movement on Wednesday, April 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Moline Public Library (3210 - 41st Street).  This program is free and does not require registration.

This concert is presented as part of the six-week series Created Equal and Changing America, which explores our nation’s civil rights history through film, exhibition, and presentations.  More information about the series can be found at molinelibrary.com/createdequal or by contacting the Moline Public Library at 309-524-2470.

From “We Shall Overcome” to “Blowin in the Wind”, music played a vital role in the civil rights movement both as an inspirational rallying point for the Freedom Riders and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice.  Mr. Valillo will perform pivotal songs from the music that inspired and sustained this landmark movement and discusses the impact of music to this most important social cause.

Chris Valillo is a nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter and folk musician who makes the people and places of “unmetropolitan” America come to life in song.  Performing on six-string and bottleneck slide guitars and harmonica, Valillo weaves original, contemporary, and traditional songs and narratives into a compelling and entertaining portrait of the history and lifestyles of the Midwest.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Local support for Created Equal and Changing America has been provided by Friends of the Moline Public Library, WQPT, and The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus/QCOnline.

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Civil Rights Film Screening and Discussion of The Abolitionists PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jennifer Christiansen   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:21

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center (630 - 7th Avenue, Rock Island) will host a three part screening and discussion of the 2013 American Experience documentary The Abolitionists.  The center’s Director, Reverend Dwight Ford will lead the discussions on three consecutive Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.: Part 1 on April 15th, Part 2 on April 22nd, and Part 3 on April 29th.  This documentary is one of four films featured in the Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle film series. These events are free and no registration is required.

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. Through innovative use of reenactments, this three episode series puts a face on the anti-slavery movement—or rather, five faces: William Lloyd Garrison, impassioned New England newspaper editor; Frederick Douglass, former slave, author, and activist; Angelina Grimké, daughter of a rich South Carolina slaveholder; Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the enormously influential Uncle Tom’s Cabin; and John Brown, ultimately executed for his armed seizure of the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Reverend Dwight Ford has served as Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center since 2012.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in business management from Western Illinois University.  He also served in the United States Marine Corps from 1989 to 1994, serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm, and received several medals during his service.  He grew up in Rock Island and has been a featured speaker at the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service and Awards Celebration.

 

Created Equal is presented as part of the six-week series Created Equal and Changing America, which explores our nation’s civil rights history through film, exhibition, and presentations.  More information can be found online at molinelibrary.com/createdequal, by visiting the library at 3210 - 41st Street, or by calling 309-524-2470.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Changing America is presented by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition is made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Local support for Created Equal and Changing America has been provided by Friends of the Moline Public Library, WQPT, and The Moline Dispatch/Rock Island Argus/QCOnline.

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Rivermont Collegiate Annual Auction and Dinner Under the Big Top PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brittany Marrieta   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:14

Saturday, May 3rd – 6:00 p.m.

Rivermont campus – 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Join us under the big top! Rivermont Collegiate will host their annual auction and dinner on Saturday, May 3rd to benefit the Quad City school. The event will be held on the Rivermont campus, located at 1821 Sunset Drive in Bettendorf. Cocktails and silent auction will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner catered by Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse and a live auction at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available individually at $100 per person or by the table of 8 for $700. This event is open to the entire Quad City community. For tickets or more information, contact Rod Ossowski, Director of Development, at (563) 359-1366 ext. 314.

The event benefits all aspects of a Rivermont education, including academics, technology, fine arts, athletics, and facilities. Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities’ only private college preparatory school for preschool through 12th grade, with students from 19 zip codes across the greater Quad Cities.

 
April 10th. 2014 " Earth Changes: Building on time cycles prophecy " by Michael Rosenthal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Narveen Aryaputri   
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:42
Earth Changes:  Building on time cycles prophecy.
A discussion of some of the current and potential earth changes being tracked by a multitude of internet observers and a brief review of some time cycles theory.
Michael Rosenthal is an Independent Scholar. He has completed extensive graduate work in philosophy, religion, and psychology from the University of Iowa and in his independent study.
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Doors will be open at 6:30 p.m.
We continue to meet on the 2nd. Floor of the Moline Commercial Club.
The event is free and open to all.
Light snacks and wine, and beverages are provided.
A cash bar is available.
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The Independent Scholars evenings are sponsored by The Institute for Cultural & Healing Traditions, Ltd. A 501(c)3 organization under US laws since 1996.
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