Does an anniversary event that involves a sumptuous buffet, an overview of a ministry of the Presbytery as well as the cliff notes about the concert on campus that evening sound like a celebration you don’t want to miss? All these things will be happening at the 35th anniversary dinner to benefit the Campus Protestant Ministry at Union College (see Presbytery calendar for details). Following the celebration, you have only to cross the street to use your complimentary admission to the Guy Mendilow Ensemble’s musical narrative called “Tales of the Forgotten Kingdom”.
The Campus Protestant Ministry began with two Presbyterian churches who were asking the question ‘how can area churches support Union students?’ We have grown into a Protestant presence with a commitment to interfaith hospitality. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, we were focused on offering chapel services on campus and creating a connection to area worshiping opportunities. While still connecting interested students to area churches, our most recent contributions to student life involve us as a resource for students seeking a progressive Christian voice in matters that concern them. We engage students in conversation and meaning-making in the contexts that are comfortable for them. At the same time, we help them to interact with different ideas and worldviews in constructive ways. We help them make sense of high-profile Christian voices that sound antithetical to the lessons they learned from their hometown pastors. We have learned a great deal and we give thanks for all we have to celebrate. At this celebration, we invite you to meet some of the students engaged in our dinner and discussion and eavesdrop on some of our dreams about future programing and initiatives.
After our exploration into the ministry, you will be treated to the insights of a musician familiar with Ladino music (the genre of the campus concert immediately following the dinner). The Guy Mendilow Ensemble will perform “Tales from the Forgotten Kingdom” beginning at 7:30 in Memorial Chapel (see details about the concert on the calendar page). The music reflects the composer’s knowledge of this musical form as the musician-presenters tell stories of kings and queen’s worthy of today’s hit show “Game of Thrones”.
The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is sponsoring the concert. The selection of this musical genre reflects their commitment to the sorts of cross-tradition respect that is reflected in Ladino music. To learn more about the Guy Mendilow Ensemble and the story they will bring to Union College, visit their web page at: http://www.guymendilow.com/programs/tales-from-the-forgotten-kingdom.html
The Rev. Dr. Viki Brooks has been a member of the Albany Presbytery for over 25 years and currently serves area congregations and governing bodies as the part-time Campus Protestant Minister at Union College. Viki’s serves community service includes membership on the founding board and task forces of the Capital Region Theological Center, past Board Membership at Planned Parenthood and member of the Board of Trustees of Albany Presbytery. She and her husband, John, live in Scotia where kayaking, gardening, cooking and entertaining keep them actively engaged in the outdoors and the practice of hospitality. You can reach Viki via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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