Being at the crossroads of many cultures offers unique opportunities. Astronomers gaze at the birth of stars and entire galaxies. We here at First Reformed Church sometimes witness the birth of important art.
On one of the Saturday evenings in November, playwright Anty Yacob, born in Ethiopia, was present when our Town Clock Community Development Corporation (TCCDC), together with Shaggae’s Song Performing Arts Collective, INC. presented a benefit reading of her play “Mourning Sun”.
It was a most moving experience that brought us into the most difficult and complex world of African women suffering the consequences of circumcision. The play elucidated the historic, medical, cultural and social context of the praxis and its consequences in the modern world. It was an invitation to listen and to become engaged – good theatre par excellence.
The proceeds went to the Town Clock CDC, which is developing the reconfiguration of our sanctuary so that it can one day include apartments for victims of domestic violence in addition to a smaller worship space.