Love to sing? Care about justice? Want to see more of Phoenix than just the inside of the convention center?
Well then this choir’s for you! On Wednesday afternoon, a bus full of singing Mennonites will travel around Phoenix to three sites of healing and hope. The choir will travel to the following sites:
- Durango jail is one of five jails managed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio to house inmates who are awaiting trial and sentencing. Durango is the lowest security jail, and as a result houses the majority of inmates who are being held for immigration-related crimes, such as having false documents or paying to be smuggled across the border. It is also the only jail that allows face-to-face visits, so there are usually a large number of women and children there to visit husbands, boyfriends, and fathers in custody.
- CASS (Central Arizona Shelter Services) is the largest provider of homeless shelter and services in Arizona, sheltering roughly 1000 men, women and children each night. CASS provides a comprehensive set of programs in one location, including mental health case management, veteran’s services, dental services, and employment services, in addition to shelter and food.
- Glencroft is a vibrant retirement community that is a member of MHS (Mennonite Health Services) Alliance. Today, Glencroft provides quality housing for 900 residents who experience a broad continuum of retirement living and care. The traveling choir will sing, and afterwards will enjoy a reception with residents and staff members sponsored by MHS Alliance.
The choir will be directed by Ken Nafziger. Ken is professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University. He is a graduate of Goshen College, received a doctor of musical arts from the University of Oregon, and was a post-doctoral conducting student with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany.
If you want to join the choir, you must register ahead of time. Spots are limited, so be sure to sign up soon. Click here to get started.