The Bahá’ís of St. John’s invite people of all faiths and philosophies to attend this special gathering 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday,June 24, at the Landing, Memorial University Centre, 1 Arctic Avenue. Well-known local jazz musicians Greg Bruce and Wade Tarling will be the featured artists.
Replenish yourself with some Soul Food.
On Sunday, June 24, the Bahá’ís of St. John’s will introduce a series of monthly events called Soul Food. It aims at inspiring us all to transform our lives, our neighbourhoods and communities, with actions that promote the unity and betterment of society.
The program will feature live music, audio-visual pieces and readings from faiths and philosophers, authors, leaders and indigenous cultures, from all over the world.
The featured performers on Sunday will be Greg Bruce and Wade Tarling. Greg Bruce, a woodwind player, is the leader of the popular world beat jazz band Ouroboros. Wade Tarling has just released his first solo piano album, Strength.
The theme for our first Soul Food event will be The Light Within. In it, we will explore the expression of light from religions, cultures and authors, to illuminate our hearts and minds.
The program will feature a diverse selection from Hindu, Bahá’í, Christian and Muslim writings to quotes from Paulo Coelho, Bruce Lee and the Dalai Lama. Interspersed amidst these readings will be live music, poetry and visual art.
Soul Food a space to reflect and engage
Soul Food originated in Australia and has since spread to about two dozen locations throughout the world, including cities in New Zealand, the United States and Canada.
“Soul Food’s purpose is to provide a space where people can come together and reflect and be inspired,” says Vahid Master, an MC of a Soul Event in Victoria, Australia, in a video produced by Bahá’í Blog.
“It allows a space where people can relax and reflect, and the idea is that it leads to more than just that: It leads to people talking about these issues and then leads to actions for the betterment of society.”
Here in St. John’s, Soul Food will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. It will be held at the Landing, Room 3018, Memorial University Centre at 1 Arctic Avenue. Admission is free, and there is free parking in an adjacent parking garage.
Soul Food will take place on the last Sunday of each month. On July 29, it will take place at the Bannerman Park Gazebo. On August 26, it moves to the Bowring Park Amphitheatre.