Bearing Witness: Concert and Multi-media Event for Justice

Join the Gloria Dei community of faith to be the difference we want to see.

Thursday, September 12 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Sponsored by Gloria Dei’s Racial Justice Committee and Immigration Sanctuary Support Team

Reception at 6:45 p.m. in the Gathering Place

Concert at 7:30 p.m. in the Church Sanctuary

Join Gloria Dei on September 12, 2019, for an event to raise awareness about justice and help us find ways we can help. This event gives us a time to gather around stories of injustice and add our voices and power for the sake of racial justice. We gather to reflect and respond.

Professional Cellist Kirsten Whitson will present this music and multi-media event. It is a fundraiser to support The Center for Victims of Torture in Saint Paul and AMMPARO, the ELCA ministry for migrant minors.

Today our hearts ache when we hear of injustice experienced by people of color, especially victims of discrimination and violence motivated by racism. We want to do something when we hear about the abuses of children and families at the southern border. Or when we realize the harm done to oppressed people, especially brown and black skinned people throughout our history, and even now in the many expressions of racism.

About the Cellist and Program

Ms. Whitson has played and toured with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony and Norway’s Bergen Philharmonic. “Bearing Witness” will unite us in a profound awareness of global and American injustice.

From the piece entitled “Thirty-Eight Tears” (about Native/Indigenous men hanged in Mankato after the war of 1862) to a piece that tells the story of the Rosewood Massacre (an African American community in Florida destroyed by white terrorism using violence and fire), we will face the injustice that has woven its way through our history to our current situation. Ms. Whitson will perform, leading us for the sake of justice with the goal of inspiring us to action.

Together We Can Bear Witness

We will come to this event to do more than listen and watch. By attending and then giving of ourselves, we also will “bear witness” to the justice to which we are called in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our giving goes to two organizations that speak for justice in this broken world.

AMMPARO (Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities) is an arm of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) that seeks to protect and advocate for migrant minors, especially from the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Many children and families are forced to flee their communities and seek refuge in the United States only to find racially fueled anti-immigration hostility at the border. We can give to AMMPARO to help protect these children through the work of the ELCA.

The Center for Victims of Torture in Saint Paul is one of the largest organizations in the world for providing healing for those who have endured torture. Many refugees in the United States have experienced great trauma through torture and violent conflict. Since 1985, the Center for Victims of Torture has brought healing to over 33,000 survivors. The need continues and the mission of the Center is to heal wounds and bring an end to torture world-wide.

Gather with us on September 12 to be inspired for justice and moved to spotlight and counteract these times of inhumane and mean-spirited responses in our nation and in the world. Join the Gloria Dei community of faith to be the difference we want to see.

RSVP and Donate

While this event is free, we ask you to consider a donation for these organizations. We ask everyone to RSVP, and you will then have an opportunity to make a donation. Walk-ins are welcome.