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David LaMotte Workshop and Concert–to be Rescheduled 2022
October 30, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED FOR OCT 30, 2021 AND WE HOPE TO RESCHEDULE IT NEXT YEAR.
This unique event combines a workshop, dinner, and concert that allows participants to put into action what they hear and experience. A suggested donation for this event is $20, but any amount is welcome.
Please note due to the nature of this event, proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 is required to attend. Masks are required during the workshop and concert. During dinner, there will be space available to distance while eating, including outdoor options. Please know that the Youth and Young Adult Planning Committee are hard at work creating policies that are intended to keep you as safe as possible while still being able to enjoy this wonderful event!
Like any good first year (101) college course, David’s workshops and keynotes do not pretend to offer answers, but rather suggest different, and perhaps more productive, questions. In this case, the questions have to do with how we are called to engage the world around us and how to practically approach that work. Through story, historical and cultural analysis, and conversation, he examines the downside of hero stories, then offers a fresh framework to examine our capacity for significant impact on the world, and what our faith has to say about these questions.
About David LaMotte
David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, and author. The Boston Globe writes that his music “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition,” while BBC Radio Belfast lauds his “charm, stories, humor, insightful songs, sweet voice, and dazzling guitar ability.” A veteran of twelve CDs and over 3000 concerts on five continents, he suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship and obtain a Master’s degree in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As part of that degree, he also spent three months in rural Andhra Pradesh, India working with a Gandhian development organization.
He returned to a dense calendar of concerts and speaking engagements, as well as supporting PEG Partners, a non-profit organization he co-founded with his wife in 2004 to support arts and education projects in Guatemala. He also served for six years on the AFSC Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Committee, four of those as its Clerk (chairperson). He has written three books, and spoken at venues all over the world, including the Scottish Parliament and the PC(USA) mission to the United Nations, and Columbia Seminary, as a baccalaureate speaker. His next book, tentatively titled, “Harmony: What Music Can Teach Us About Peace Work,” is based on his TED talk. He lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA, with his wife, soon-to-be-teenaged son, and six backyard chickens.
Special thanks to our event sponsors: The Youth and Young Adult Program Committee of the Reformed Institute, Westminster Presbyterian Church, DC., Heritage Presbyterian Church, and Darnestown Presbyterian Church.