Education & Upcoming Events at MCC Omaha
CRIS WILLIAMSON IN CONCERT
CD RELEASE + BENEFIT
Celebrating the release of Cris’s CD, MOTHERLAND
Sunday - November 5 - 7PM
Metropolitan Community Church of Omaha
819 South 22nd Street
Omaha, NE 68108
By Phone: 800-838-3006
“Last year, I began flirting with the idea of recording the music of my peers, my contemporaries, climbing into other people’s material as if it were my own. Like most musicians, this was how I started in the first place, by choosing songs that really spoke to me, that I could therefore inhabit quite easily. That original method is again at play on this new work, “Motherland”, 10 songs with women somehow in the blood and sinew of each song. There is something freeing about wearing the musical clothes of another and finding that it is not so much a disguise, but rather a perfectly fitting garment. And so, I hunted and chose songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Patty Griffin, Eliza Gilkyson, Jackson Browne, Laura Nyro, Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes, John Lennon, and one of my own, the title song, “Motherland.” Recorded at Fantasy Recording Studio in Berkeley CA, and produced by Julie Wolf, “Motherland” features an all-star band of sisters and brothers including Vicki Randle, Barbara Higbie, Shelley Doty, Scott Amendola and Zach Ostroff.
Please do join me on Sunday, November 5, in Omaha, in a benefit for MCC Omaha’s Food Pantry, as we celebrate the release of this new cd of strong and beautiful cover song - plus a couple new ones of my own. (And, we’ll include some old favorites as well.) So pull these covers up around your ears, and join me at MCC to celebrate! See you there.”
About MCC Omaha’s Food Pantry:
“We have been doing this for 15 years. Last year we served 3929 clients a total of 15716 meals. In addition, annually we have a “great food give-a-way” which is open to anyone in need. At that event last year we provided 235 pantries for 561 people. This is another 2,244 meals provided. In other outreach to the community we provided 1426 meals to various functions such as this includes Nebraska Aids Project Friday meals, Community Meals, Neighborhood Nite Out, and various other events.
We rely on the generosity of the community to provide this vital need. One of the things that sets us aside from many other Pantries is that we DO NOT require personal information such as social security number, address and other personally identifiable information. Our basic motto is – you are hungry and need food, you leave with food. It’s that simple. Those in need, we feed!”
Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. "She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues."
Today, with 31 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.
Cris’s new album, Motherland, is set for release October 5, 2017. Cris is currently touring the new material, teaching songwriting, working with choruses, enjoying collaboration with fellow artists, and of course, continuing her activism at every opportunity.
SUNDAYS AT MCC
Beginning November 5
· Adult Education
· Worship Celebration 10:30 AM
· Following Worship: Fellowship, Coffee and Treats
The First Adult Education session will be a book study of“An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown.
You will need to sign up for this study so that we can order the correct number of books.
Deadline for signing up is October 22nd. Stop by the office, or call (402) 345-2563. You may also email Pastor Tom at Pastortom@mccomaha.org
Wednesday Evenings at 7pm,
Social Hall. Everyone is welcome.
We are currently studying the Gospel of James. Please enter through the southeast door of the church.
MONDAY MORNING BOOK STUDY
Mondays 10:15am, Social Hall
Everyone is welcome to participate. We are reading "The First Paul" by Marcus Borg & Dominic Crossan.
In this engaging acount, Paul is situated firmly in his first-century context and portrayed as a revolutionary figure chose the counter-cultural way of Jesus.
Books are available in the office.
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