Music and conversation fill First Met this fall

Victoria church launches Explorations, and see the return of Jazz Alive!

First Metropolitan United Church hosts two unconventional evening series of music and conversation this fall on topics of spirituality, life and the planet.

The gatherings are designed to reach out beyond the churchgoing public. Admission to both series is by donation.

Explorations is a pilot project that will explore spirituality and life’s important questions. Topics include Celtic Christianity, Rumi, the Enneagram, Francis of Assisi, western and eastern-based meditation, societal issues such as poverty and restorative justice, and approaches to the environmental crisis.

The program is hosted by Christal and Justin Mora.

The series begins Sunday evening, Sept. 28 at 6:45 p.m.

Jazz Alive! has returned after its successful first season. Each Wednesday evening focuses on a particular life theme, such as hope, love, perseverance, creativity, changes, seasons, struggles, inspiration It’s all about using music and words to build community and deepen people’s spirituality.

The line up includes:

Oct 1: Brooke Maxwell – A singer/piano player/saxophonist, Maxwell’s musical style is happily eclectic.

Oct 8: Aidan Miller. Miller’s musical roots go back to childhood classical training in voice and piano. He was a popular performer in the Jazz Alive! series last year.

Oct. 15: Nick La Riviere (trombone and vocals) and Aidan Miller. La Riviere has performed as a sideman with award winning bands that play jazz, folk, pop, latin, celtic, klezmer, classical, ska, and more.

Oct.22: Louise Rose. Rose is a talented pianist, vocalist and actress and a fixture on the Victoria music scene. She sings Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Standards, plus an extensive repertoire of original music.

Oct 29: Aidan Miller

Nov 5: Maureen Washington and Daniel Cook

Nov 12: Eric McQuillan. McQuillan will highlight White Cliffs of Dover and other songs of the Second World War era.

For more information, please go to the First Met website at firstmetvictoria.com

 

First Metropolitan United Church is located at 932 Balmoral Rd.