This season has started off not only with the blessing of beautiful Fall weather; the breathtaking myriad of color drenched leaves – but also… the incredible blessing of the new and familiar faces of the New World Chorus. We welcomed several new members from the area and beyond! What a joy!
Now is the time when we meditate on the meaning of ‘gratitude’. It is inside this context that the NWC, our choir directors and I roll up our sleeves and work together to create a special experience for the community. While we are learning the music, there is a bond that is shared . We grow together, we open our hearts together, and we share this blessing of love with others. Our vision continues to lead us into a new year – filled with hope and anything possible – “One World, One Voice, United in Love”.
Here’s to an amazing holiday season and an inspiring 3rd year ahead…
Peace and Love, Beth
The New World Chorus’s Summer Season has come to an end and I am missing ALL of you!! …but everyone should take the time to enjoy, breathe and look towards the Fall with GREAT anticipation! We’re looking to start off strong come October and I am reaching out to everyone for your support. Our goal is “50 by the Fall” – and it’s going to take a lot of sharing by our members and supporters to make it happen. BTW… our real goal is 100+ but we can start with smaller milestones :)!!! Last year we averaged 32 members. It is time to grow our community.
Beginning in the Fall, we will be preparing music for our first big community Multi-Faith event “A Time to Be Grateful” 2013. This will be our 3rd Thanksgiving together!! OMG!!! This year Rabbi Jay TelRav and Temple Sinai of North Stamford will be hosting. Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Southwestern Connecticut, we hope to have a bigger turnout than ever. Growing our New World Chorus community will expand our reach into the community at large… And that is a sweetness we are looking for. To share the love with as many people as we can, one heart, one community at a time.
So wherever you are this Summer… please share your hearts out!! If each member brings 1 new person… we will have reached our first milestone!! Yay!!
Peace and Love,
On any given day, how do you feel about being one of the 7 billion people on our planet Earth? How do you locate your particular self in the mosaic mix of cultures, landscapes, colors and voices of the human experience? In dissonance and in resonance, we each have a part in the great song we are singing to the universe. On July 7th, we shared a sweet service with the wonderful congregants of the Unitarian Church of Westport, led by Dr. Rev. Frances Sink (UUSIS) who acted as guest Pastor. It was during the week of the intense heat wave we were experiencing on the East Coast, but the NWC brought some fresh air into the room! I hope we get to visit soon again…
2013 was our second year celebrating “Pride & Joy” hosted by the UUSIS. The Unitarian Universalist Society was one of the FIRST to support the LGBT Community. We honor them for their continued stand for all civil rights! The message was delivered by our very own Dr. Chela Belcher, Spiritual Director and Assistant Choir Director. One of the most powerful aspects of the service and message, was about “paying it forward”. Even those among us who have experienced suffering in one way or another, have also experienced a profound kindness by those who have stood by us. That love is so important because it can can change the course of someone’s life in an instant from feeling hopeless to believing in new possibilities. It is indeed time for us to share that kind of love with everyone.
It is a tradition for many synagogues to present a “Cantor’s Concert” each year. This year, Temple Beth El invited several Cantors as well as the New World Chorus to join in this wonderful concert. There was a great turnout from surrounding areas making it especially joyful. The grand finale featured all performers singing the “Shehecheyanu” composed by Beth Styles. Guests joined by singing and dancing to the music in the aisles. Also, was also a celebration honoring Eileen Rosner for her many years of service to the synagogue.
This year the New World Chorus joined the UUSIS in commemorating Memorial Day. The choir sang special music in honor of this meaningful holiday. Rev. Dr. Frances Sink, touched everyone with her sermon.
New World Chorus
97 Big Oak Road
Stamford, CT 06903