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Lunch & Learn: The Power of Spirituals

March 8 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Following a light lunch, Eileen Guenther will lead an interactive session exploring the context and genesis of Spirituals. Based on her recently-published book, In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals, the program will combine first-person narratives and former slave interviews with her own commentary, all interwoven with the singing of Spirituals. Please RSVP by Thursday, March 5 to Cindy Mark. Donations will be received to cover the cost of the lunch.


The Worship, Music, and the Arts Committee, in collaboration with the Adult Spiritual Formation Committee, is sponsoring two events on Sunday, March 8, featuring renowned scholar and author, Eileen Guenther.

Dr. Guenther is recently retired Professor of Church Music at Wesley Theological Seminary and Lecturer in Music at The George Washington University.  After a long tenure as Minister of Music and Liturgy at Foundry United Methodist church in Washington, DC, Eileen served three terms as President of the American Guild of Organists. Her two critically-acclaimed books are published by MorningStar Music Publishers: Rivals or a Team: Clergy-Musician Relationships in the 21st Century (2012) and In Their Own Words: Slave Life and the Power of Spirituals (2016).  The 70 presentations she has made on her newest book have taken her from Atlanta, to Ashland, Oregon.

Join us for one, or both, of these wonderfully informative and engaging sessions.  Financial assistance for Dr. Guenther’s appearance comes from The Janet S. and David B. Reed Fund.


March 8
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
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Third Presbyterian Church, Johnston Hall
4 Meigs Street
Rochester, NY 14607 United States
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