Soul Food offers Songs of Hope for human rights

Soul Food - Songs of Hope - Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Start: November 24, 2018 7:30 pm
  • End: November 24, 2018 9:30 pm

1 Arctic Avenue, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Tickets Available: Price: $free admission
The 2018 Soul Food inspirational series will end with a focus on unity and human rights on Saturday, Nov. 24. This month’s theme title – Songs of Hope – reflects an sense of optimism for the future of humanity. The event also commemorates 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

  • Soul Food: Songs of Hope will take place 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at the Landing (Room 3018, University Centre, MUN, 1 Arctic Avenue)
  • Songs of Hope will celebrate 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • The event will feature music, poetry and imagery, combined with readings from diverse religions, authors, leaders and Indigneous cultures from all over the world.
  • Newfoundland traditional duo Maria Peddle and Sarah Harris will be our musical guests.
  • The program will be followed with a social time for meaningful conversation and refreshments.

In 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights expressed humanity’s hope for a better future, coming as it did on the heels of almost unimaginable atrocities over the course of two world wars.

Those atrocities arose very much out of a failure of humanity to recognize its essential oneness. Humanity still has a way to go toward unity and the universal implementation of human rights, but the fact that the Declaration exists speaks to a willingness and a hope that burns in the human heart for justice. That alone merits celebration.

Common threads

On Saturday, Nov. 24, the Bahá’í community of St. John’s will honour 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at its final Soul Food event of the year. This month’s theme will Songs of Hope – a title that reflects our hope for a future in which the basic human rights of all will be recognized and honoured.

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Newfoundland traditional musicians Maria Peddle and Sarah Harris will be the guest performers at Soul Food: Songs of Hope.

Soul Food originated in Australia and has been adopted by Bahá’ís in cities throughout the world – including here in St. John’s. It provides an opportunity to unite and reflect on inspiring themes and common threads that tie us all together. It features live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and Indigenous cultures from all over the world.

This month’s Soul Food will feature a diverse assortment of writings – from Martin Luther King Jr. to the Dalai Lama, from Christian to Muslim to Bahá’í sources – all reflecting the universal theme of the basic dignity of human beings.

Interspersed with the readings, poetry and imagery will be music. Joining us this month are guest performers Maria Peddle and Sarah Harris.

Following the program will be a social with refreshments, offering a chance for those attending to discuss the themes of the evening and whether any writings in particular spoke to their hearts.

Songs of Hope will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at The Landing, Room 3018 of the University Centre at MUN, located at 1 Arctic Avenue.