On Sunday, Jan. 28, more than 150 children and youth from various faith traditions throughout Chicago will gather for a day of interfaith music and dance at the Raue Center for the Arts, 26 N. Williams St. in Crystal Lake.
Their day will culminate in a public concert called "The Sounds of Faith". It will include song, dance, recitation, and chant from Islamic, Jewish, Christian and Hindu traditions. All of the participants will join together in a shared anthem, "Peace in the Desert" composed and conducted by the well-known composer, Lee Kesselman.
Tickets are $15 and available online at www.faithbridgeinterfaith.org.
FaithBridge, a local interfaith consortium in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago, and the Harran Productions Foundation are sponsors for this event. Endorsed by the Parliament for World Religions, this "Sounds of Faith" concert will inaugurate local celebrations of World Interfaith Harmony Week sponsored by the United Nations.
More than 1,000 events are anticipated worldwide through Feb. 8, but this may be the only one to focus entirely on children.
Groups that will participate include Campanella Children's Choir, Northbrook, the Nasheed Club of the Islamic Foundation School of Villa Park, the Little Warriors for Christ and Imani Ya Watume of Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, the Children's Kathak Dance Ensemble, Schaumburg, and the Chicago Children's Choir -- Rogers Park & Humboldt Park Neighborhood Choirs.
To learn how you can support this interfaith endeavor, contact chaplain Suzanne Martinez at Suzanne.Martinez@advocatehealth.com or (847) 842-4285, or the Rev. Budd Friend-Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or (224) 623-9200.
FaithBridge promotes Interfaith understanding and community through education and shared action. We come together with people of many faith traditions to learn and serve, to find common ground and to celebrate diversity. Visit www.faithbridgeinterfaith.org.