Bellarmine Chapel (Xavier University Campus) Cincinnati, OH
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Friday Oct 18, 2019 7:00 PM - Friday Oct 18, 2019 10:00 PM | $15.00
Share the Journey 2019; a Concert for Compassion
Watch a performance from last year's concert by Bobby Fisher along with others performing "Song of the Exile"
Sharing More Hope on the Journey
As we continue to watch the ongoing events surrounding refugees and immigration; the heart-wrenching separation of families; the uncertainty of life in detention centers; the longing of many for safety and security; many of us feel a need to respond to this crisis happening before our very eyes.
Like so many of us, music producer, composer, and musician Bobby Fisher looked for ways that he could make a difference but what could one person do? What does any musician do when he needs backup? He calls other musicians. What do musicians do? They play music! Through the joint efforts of Bobby Fisher, Bellarmine Chapel, and The Pierson-Young-Project, a musical event was born.
"Share the Journey; a Concert for Compassion" was created in 2018 as a benefit concert featuring local music artists and performers invited to donate their talents and resources to raise money for two organizations working on the frontline to address this crisis; The Kino Border Initiative and the League of United Latin American Citizens are both organizations that work extensively to serve and assist refugees, detainees, and immigrant families.
Thanks to the generosity and support from the performers, those who attended, and donors, the first Share the Journey Concert was a huge success, raising over $4,000 dollars. Now in 2019, the music community will once again come together to use the power of music to make a difference. Single artists and groups from various music genres such as folk, contemporary Christian, gospel, indie, etc. will perform and monies will once again be raised through ticket sales, artists merchandise sales, and donations.
We thank you for last years success and we look forward to performing for you again!!!
Share the Journey 2019; a Concert for compassion will take place on Friday, October 18, 7:00pm-9:00 pm at the beautiful Bellarmine Chapel located on the campus of Xavier University, Cincinnati.
Please come out and support this worthwhile cause!
A Musician Looks at the Choice between Hope and Hopelessness
One of my proudest accomplishments as a songwriter & performer was to write and perform the song "Hope is Alive."
I wrote it as the title track for an audio-visual production for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It was created to bring awareness to the ministry of Cincinnati Catholic inner-city schools. Since then, it has been the title track for The Mother of Christ Gospel Choir CD and the title track for the first Pierson-Young Project CD.
It has truly been a blessing to have the song be embraced by so many people and my prayer is that more and more people will be touched by it and grasp the message behind it. I'm thankful and humbled that God has allowed me to be an instrument for such a profound message. Lately, I've been pondering a few thoughts about what that message means to me as a person who wrote a song about hope.
The phrase hope is alive is not an original thought by me and in some ways, it has become almost commonplace. Many of us have heard Rev. Jessie Jackson using the phrase keep hope alive for years; especially in his run for the white house. It has been the theme and message of other songwriters, speechwriters, sermons, productions, etc. However, I want to talk about the message in the context of my universe.
Recently I began taking a hard look at what it means to be an advocate of the hope message in the midst of an environment, culture, and mindset of hopelessness. Is it naïve to continue the hope campaign when everything looks so bleak? Am I wearing rose-colored glasses and just not seeing what everybody else sees? Is it foolish to hope? But on the other hand, if I don't have hope; then what do I have?
If I don't have hope then what I have is what I see and hear daily from those who have chosen to live without hope or at least very little of it; bitterness, resentment, anxiety, loss of direction, fear, lack of vision, a disregard for humanity, and probably many other things too numerous to mention. Most importantly, without hope my personal relationship with my God would take a serious hit; My faith takes a hit. What I also realized was that I have to be a willing participant in the hope, not just for me but for others.
What does that mean? If I am not part of the hope I'm part of the hopelessness. I have been given a choice between hope and hopelessness; it is my choice to make and no one can take it from me.
That's a serious proposition because the choice I make determines how I will live my life and how I will treat others as I travel on this life journey. My choice for hopelessness can't be blamed on a group, an idea, a concept, a person, a religion, or even a political party. My choice for hope will call for action on my part; in my neighborhood, in my family, in my daily dealings with people. It may mean activism but it will certainly mean compassion without bitterness, judgment, or prejudice. It means that I must seek the deeper truth, not the external talking points.
Rev Jackson reminds us to keep hope alive, but hope keeps us alive. My conclusion; I'll choose the hope; it's my better option!
"Hope is what drives sharing the journey of life, Brothers and sisters, we are not afraid to share the journey! We are not afraid to share hope!"
Bellarmine Chapel (Xavier University Campus) (View)
3801 St. Francis Xavier Way Cincinnati, OH 45207
Cincinnati, OH 45207