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Holly Near: An Afternoon of Songs and Stories

  • United Church of Christ 4100 Chestnut Hill Dr. Midland, MI, 48642 (map)

Founders' Series Presents

Holly Near: An Afternoon of Songs and Stories

Please Note: the event is now SOLD OUT. Thank you to all who reserved a ticket. It is sure to be a wonderful show.

On September 30, at 3:00 p.m., we will have a wonderful opportunity to hear a music legend perform in our sanctuary. The UCC Founders’ Series is bringing Holly Near to Midland, where she will entertain us, challenge us, and enlighten us through her songs and stories.

Ms. Near is a unique combination of entertainer, teacher, and activist. Since she was eight she has performed world-wide for many years, both as vocal soloist and as an actor. Early on in her career she realized that she had the opportunity through her music to address social conditions which were of concern to everyone throughout the world. She has the reputation of being one of the most articulate social change artists working today, in company with other greats such as Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, and Harry Belafonte.

Peace, justice, women’s rights, and LGBTQ issues are of primary importance to Ms. Near, and these concerns are reflected in most of her music. You may be familiar with some of her songs, even if you didn’t know the com-poser. The most well-known among them is probably “Singing for Our Lives,” also known as “We Are Angry Gentle People.” It was composed to memorialize those students who died at Kent State in 1970, during the Vietnam war protest on campus. Other popular songs which address social justice issues are “Great Peace March,” “Nina,” “When We Meet in the Middle,” and “Singing for our Lives,” which was written after the assassination of Harvey Milk and Mayor Mascone in San Francisco in 1973.

A freewill donation will be taken at the conclusion of the event.

Earlier Event: September 30
Worship service
Later Event: October 2
Christian mystics study