A concert about “restoring the heart and soul of a caring community”

May 6, 2013

Parents of a child killed in Newtown join Peter Yarrow, Dar Williams, and others in a concert about healing and ending gun violence
From Bill Moyers’ weekly program,  Moyers and Company (aired on many PBS television stations), comes this excerpt from a February concert presented to help the families touched by the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting this past December. It features Peter Yarrow, known for his years as part of the singing trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary, along with folk singer Dar Williams, and Francine and David Wheeler, whose son died in the Newtown tragedy. You might want to have some tissues handy as Francine Wheeler and Dar Williams team up to sing,”Family.” And notice the tender moment afterward as Francine plants a tender kiss on the pendant she always wears, containing some of the ashes of her son Ben. You can also choose to watch the full program, as Bill Moyers talks with the Wheelers and Peter Yarrow about working to end gun violence, the powerful force music can be in helping bring about social change, and the national movement called the Sandy Hook Promise.

Letha Dawson Scanzoni
Letha Dawson Scanzoni is an independent scholar, writer, and editor. In 1978, she and Virginia Ramey Mollenkott wrote Is the Homosexual My Neighbor?, one of the earliest books urging evangelical Christians to rethink their views on homosexuality (updated edition, 1994, HarperOne). More recently, Letha coauthored (with social psychologist David G. Myers) What God Has Joined Together: The Christian Case for Gay Marriage (HarperOne, 2005 and 2006). Another of Letha’s most well-known books is All We’re Meant to Be: Biblical Feminism for Today, coauthored with Nancy A. Hardesty (Word Books, 1974; revised edition, Abingdon, 1986; updated and expanded edition, Eerdmans, 1992).

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