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United Nations International Day of Peace
September 23, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
This year’s program will include:
John Bach is a longtime Quaker and house-painter who has spent years in prison for acts of conscience which he discovered to be a gateway toward liberation. He is also the Quaker Chaplain at Harvard University.
The Boston Minstrels have been helping Greater Boston’s forgotten population find joy and hope through our interactive music program for over 26 years.
During the Christmas season in 1991, Tim and Jane McHale went caroling in nursing homes and hospitals. They had a blast. The joy generated by sharing beloved songs gave them an idea.
The couple decided to use their musical talents in their spare time to reach people who were otherwise isolated year-round. They worked up a repertoire of familiar tunes designed to engage and encourage and enlisted other music lovers to join them in visiting shelters, prisons, and other facilities. They called themselves “The Boston Minstrels” in the tradition of traveling troubadours.
The joy increased, and The Boston Minstrels evolved into a non-profit organization with a roster of volunteer singers and musicians from a wide range of life experiences, including some who first met The Minstrels when they were residents of shelters. The schedule of performances and programs per year includes annual returns to venues with which the group has sustained long-term relationships.
From the beginning, The Boston Minstrels fostered a mutually inspiring environment of community spirit. A gig is never musicians on one side of the microphone and a passive audience on the other, but the building of a “musical bridge” between the homeless, infirm, or imprisoned and the “rest of us.” A prisoner becomes a soloist to the delight of her peers. A homeless person recalls the words to a song and becomes part of the choir. A Minstrel is moved to tears. Dancing breaks out among everybody. Everyone contributes to the making of a positive memory. Everyone matters.
Last year, The Boston Minstrels danced, sang, and shared conversation at over 60 events, connecting with more than 1,500 people to make their day a bit more joyful.
Reverand Rodney E. Dailey
Rev. Rodney E. Dailey is the architect of two successful gang prevention, intervention, mediation programs in Boston which operated for 20 years independent of the Police Department and was later identified as part of the miracle when there were no murders in Boston for 24 months. Rodney is a published author (Gang Peace to Street Peace, The Untold Story of Research and Applied Proven Methods of Grass Roots Organizations). He believes faith-based initiatives must be applied strategically to the social problem of gang violence, especially when law enforcement is involved. Rodney organized the first march to end gang violence in Boston and helped organize the first national gang summit in Kansas City, receiving over 90 awards from local and national organizations and governments. The 43rd President of the United States awarded him and the Gang Peace Program the 1000 Points of Light Presidential Award. The program was later re-awarded by President Obama. He completed a fellowship at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and another at Northeastern University’s Law Institute and is an Otto Snowden fellow. He earned a Bachelors degree in Human Service Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church, the largest Black organization in the world. He serves as a ministerial staff member of St. Paul AME in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Rodney is the architect of Prayer Changes Things Ministry that blesses blocks weekly in communities of violence, believing God is in control encouraging those who know the power of prayer to pray for peace and longevity of life – for all people.
Dawn Duncan, MSW, MSc is the President of the Grant Connection, a company that specializes in helping nonprofits navigate the often-complex grant funding maze and access private and government grant funds for their programs. Dawn is part Cherokee and grew up with strong influences from her grandfather who shared this part of his history with the family. Dawn has attempted to carry on these traditions shared by her grandfather and has been active in the Native American community since she attended graduate school at Boston University and the Harvard School of Public Health. Dawn has helped several Native American groups in Massachusetts, including serving as a founding Board Member of Intertribal Council of Tolba Menahan (Turtle Island), a Native American nonprofit organization that was originally founded in Somerville, Massachusetts and eventually moved to Gloucester, MA. ICTM was most well-known for an annual Inter-Tribal Pow Wow that was held at Stage Fort Park every summer in Gloucester. Dawn continues to serve as a Board member of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness (MCNAA), a position she has held for more than 15 years.
Dawn is also a vocalist and musician, performing easy listening, country, pop and Native American music. Dawn began singing as a teenager in the school choir, performing in many plays and musicals during high school. She sang often at church and was requested to sing at many occasions such as friend’s weddings and funerals of family members and those of friends. She has performed at many musical benefits to raise funds for nonprofit causes throughout the Boston area and at dozens of pow wows and Native American events. She often sings while playing her Native drum at events of the Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness. Dawn produced her first professional album in 1999 – entitled “Dawn til Dusk” at Hidden Valley Studios in Hartford, CT. The album is an eclectic mix of country, easy listening, pop and Native American songs. Dawn has recorded many additional songs at her father’s music studio in Southern Illinois and plans to produce additional albums. Dawn is also well-known as a karaoke host in Boston – her longest post at the Courtside Pub in East Cambridge – which has been voted Best Karaoke in Boston by Boston Magazine several times. www.thegrantconnection.com; http://grantgeekdiva.wordpress.com
Kaeza Fearn circulates the worlds of music, dance, sacred ritual and community experiences. She finds joy performing, composing, teaching, facilitating sacred circle dance and other creative group activities as well as coordinating festivals, summits and special events. Among her community building activities, she leads a circle dance group at the First Parish Unitarian in Cambridge and is a music director at the Taunton Unitarian church. She runs a creative studio in Arlington, where she is looking for new collaborators, and has a Masters degree in music. She is also part of a vibrant, committed team building the Sacred Circle Dance movement globally. kaezafearn.com
Reverand Darrell Hamilton
Ian Harrington has served as chair or co-chair of International Day of Peace Boston since its inception. He is a devoted member of the Friends Meeting of Cambridge (Quakers), a retired transportation planner, and blessed to form a family with his wife, son, daughter-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Cellist Miranda Henne performs classical repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician, composes and improvises for theater productions and studio recordings, and performs folk music and bluegrass.
Highlights of Miranda’s stylistically varied career include a solo concerto performance with the Gettysburg Chamber Orchestra and two appearances at the Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival. An avid chamber musician, Ms. Henne performed with internationally acclaimed artists Andres Diaz, David Halen, Robert McDuffie, Amy Schwartz-Moretti, Christopher Rex, Elizabeth Pridgen, Paul Murphy, Kurt Muroki and Renée Skerik. She has also shared the improv, rock and folk stage with the likes of Mike Mills from R.E.M., Abigail Washburn, Mike Block, Rushad Eggleston, fiddler Bruce Molsky and the piri and Saengwhang player Gamin. In 2012, Miranda collaborated with Shen Wei, choreographer of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Ceremony, to create and premiere The New You, featuring her musical improvisation. She has also worked with and premiered pieces by composers such as Joseph Gregorio and Libby Larson.
In August 2018, Miranda recorded an E.P. with violinist Ellie Miller and banjo player Taylor Shuck, which features one of her original compositions. In 2017, Miranda toured with “Regeneration” by Dr. Nancy Rappaport, a one-woman play about Rappaport’s journey with breast cancer. The show, for which she composed and performed the music, sold out 5 shows off-broadway in NYC and toured in 4 states.
One of Miranda’s central goals since childhood has been to promote peace. In high school, as co-president of the Amnesty International club, she helped with protests and benefit concerts. In college, she organized concerts such as a Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert and Music for Haiti, which raised funds for earthquake relief and featured performances by faculty at Mercer University. She also designed an independent study called “Music and Social Change,” studying ways to use music for peace. In 2015, she taught for “El Sistema” in Dorchester.
Miranda maintains a private cello studio in Boston, MA and coaches chamber music for the Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras and the Lexington Chamber Music Center. During the summer, she teaches cello, improvisation and poetry writing at Friends Music Camp at Earlham College in Indiana. While residing in Dallas, TX, her cello students advanced to All Region Orchestra with twenty students winning top honors at the 2014 Plano I.S.D. Solo Contest.
Miranda holds a B.A. in Music with a minor in English from the McDuffie Center for Strings at Mercer University and a M.M. from Southern Methodist University. In 2015, she studied at the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. As an undergraduate, Miranda spent a semester studying Shakespeare’s plays in Oxford, U.K. and a month in Wallacedene, South Africa helping local high school students write and produce a musical play.
Reverand Marla Marcum
Solomon Murungu was born and raised in Makoni district in eastern Zimbabwe. An avid mbira player and Shona culture evangelist, Mr. Murungu has represented his culture at schools, universities and cultural festivals in North America. He was advisor to the 1999 Houston International Festival and has participated in the Boston and Vermont International Festivals since 1997. He is a frequent contributor to the instrument gallery at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and represented the mbira and its traditions at the Lowell Folk Festival – 2018. Mr. Murungu established the first website dedicated to mbira music and Shona traditions, http://www.zambuko.com/mbira.html.
Reverand Rodney Petersen
Maria Soledad Del Villar
María Soledad Del Villar was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. She has a bachelor and masters degree in history and is currently studying theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. She is interested in the relationship between religion and politics, both from a historic and theological perspective. She has developed a career that combines academic work with concrete work among poor and excluded communities, both in Chile and now in the US. For a long time, she worked in community organizing with poor families who needed housing in a Latinamerican NGO called TECHO (http://www.techo.org). She now serves the Latino immigrant community through prison ministry among those who are imprisoned by ICE and awaiting deportation, at Suffolk County correctional center. Her first book has been published recently in Chile: “Las Asistentes Sociales de la Vicaría de la Solidaridad, una historia profesional, 1973 – 1983”