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Jazz and Spirituality with Rev. Bill Carter

Jazz and Spirituality with Rev. Bill Carter

Bill Carter, Gail Ricciuti, Diane Petteway

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Program information

Some people are called to be preachers, while others are called to be jazz musicians. Then there is Bill Carter, who, during his life has been called to be in the pulpit and sitting on a piano bench. For Bill, prayer is music and music is prayer. Join us for three weeks of conversation about Jazz and the Spiritual Life. Adding to the ensemble will be Rev. Gail Ricciuti and our governing board chair Diane Petteway. 

Join one session or all three! Everyone is welcome to participate in any as they will offer different but related content. You do not need to attend the first in order to participate in the others. 

Thursday, April 15, 5:00-6:30pm ET  
Improvisation: To paraphrase Homer Simpson, “Those jazz people are just making things up.” Is that true? Do musicians create out of thin air? What is the process of jazz improvisation, and how might this be helpful to us – especially in our cautious and confined times?

Thursday, April 22, 5:00-6:30pm ET
Jazz and Justice: Given the mixed ancestry of jazz in America, the music has often revealed and critiqued racism in our nation. Once in a while, it has transcended – and even healed – the scars of injustice. We will explore how bassist Charles Mingus and pianist Dave Brubeck responded to the caste system in our national DNA.

Thursday, April 29,  5:00-6:30pm ET
Beauty in the Brokenness: Jazz history offers a narrative of many creative artists who created profound works of beauty in the thick of personal wreckage. Taking our cues from the Dutch priest Henri Nouwen and pianist Bill Evans, let’s explore the connections between creativity and suffering.

*When you will register, you will be included in all email correspondence about the three sessions. These sessions will be recorded.

About your facilitator: Rev. Bill Carter has been the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clark Summit since 1990.  Bill fell in love with music as a young child and is a very accomplished jazz musician. In 1993 Bill formed a quartet named Presbybop that is known across the country. The group now has eight recordings and is well known for their music and liturgical leadership. Author of seven books, numerous articles, Rev. Carter is a sought after speaker and presenter. With years of pastoral ministry experience, and more years of being a musician Bill brings a unique view to this series focusing on Spiritual Life and Jazz. 

About pricing: Kirkridge is committed to providing heartfelt and generous programming that is available to all.  And we need your help to continue doing so.  The cost of providing this program is approximately $20 per person per gathering. Please support this program if you are able. We will be grateful if you could contribute an additional amount to help cover the costs of others and as always, all are welcome regardless of ability to pay.

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