There was a lovely Sunday last month when I did sing with many of her choir members...it felt possible again! of course it was her birthday party!
For now I'll share photos of the lovely Sahara Peace Choir. They give concerts for various non-profits or just for a ceremony for the Divine Feminine, or maybe for a peaceful purpose. These women practice at the end of the day, for hours sometimes, to get their harmonies just right. And they definitely do.
|Linda on far left, with some of the Peace Choir giving concert at Ten Thousand Villages in Montreat, NC|
The Sahara Peace Choir was founded in 2008 by Annelinde Metzner with Roberta Newman, to support peace talks among Muslims, Christians and Jews with the Friendship Force. They created their name by blending the names of Sarah and Hagar, the matrilineage of all three religions. Sahara sings benefits for women's wellbeing, the Earth, the Goddess, and for world peace and tolerance. Many songs are composed or arranged by Annelinde, who has produced a songbook of praise songs of the Goddesses of Europe, Africa and the Middle East entitled "Lady of Ten Thousand Names,"
|More cheerful talented singers in the Peace Choir|
|UU choir in 2012 with children joining for hand gestures. I'm in there in a dark brown shirt, right behind the children! You should see how big these children have grown in the last 5 years!|
Then Linda also leads the choir at my church, The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Swannanoa Valley, here in Black Mountain NC.
|Linda leads choir practice just before the UUCSV Sunday service, March 2017.|
Here people with musical interest learn two new songs after church one Sunday, practice for a few hours on Wed. evening and on the next Sunday, and deliver an outstanding performance to a congregation which is very grateful!
Thanks to Sepia Saturday which suggested sharing something based on this photo of choir boys.
Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect of decompressing time and centering you. Br. David Steindl-Rast