Yesterday we had a rich service on the theme of Money.
The house band and choir kicked things off by performing “Money.”
We mingled. We breathed. The cultural calendar was read by Danyon Davis.
We looked at visual artist Peter Simensky‘s Neutral Capitol, a form of colorful currency he creates by collaging failed world currencies. Some of the art depicted images of sexual exploitation and other themes associated with money. The new bills have recognized value within the art world and have been used as currency to purchase other art.
We ate delicious black eyed peas and collard greens prepared by Barrett Washburne. Barrett is from South Carolina, a state that traditionally celebrates New Years Day by eating this dish which represents money and good fortune.
Caroline Woolard, co-founder of OurGoods.org and Trade School, made money disappear with her sudsy purple magic potion. She raised questions like “Why must we trust God to use this currency?” and talked briefly about local currencies and other means of exchanging value.
Modern-day troubadour Andru Bemis played his banjo and sang Two Dollar Bill. He later sang Nobody while playing the guitar. Andru and the music was so simple and engaging. Everyone sang, clapped, and stomped along with him.
Chris Wells read Ashes, the story of his recent trip to the monied East Hamptons. It had quite the surprise ending. (Pardon the pun.)
The hat was passed. Chris then announced that The Secret City is trying to raise $30,000 and get 300 donors for the Season 6 fund-drive to cover operating cost. Please visit IndieGoGo to donate and see the great video appeal.
The band closed service with Pennies from Heaven.