Three bands, three faiths, three nationalities. This fall there will be a free concert on the campus of NC State University. The Abraham Jam will tentatively feature The Sound of Reason, a Muslim duo from Canada; Aliza Hava, a Jewish singer/songwriter based in New York; and David LaMotte, a North Carolina singer/songwriter who is a Christian. The concert will not be a time to ‘pitch’ the three faiths, or a political event, but a time to share music, embodying the mutual respect and support between the musicians and between many people who share their faiths.
According to LaMotte, who is the concert’s organizer, “In a time when there is a great deal of tension and suspicion between the faiths, this event is seeking to build community. All three of these faiths teach that we should love our neighbors, but it’s hard to love your neighbor if you don’t actually know your neighbor. Building community isn’t the glamorous part of peace work, but it may be the most important part.”
The free concert will be on NC State’s Harris Field, in front of Witherspoon. Several other organizations will be co-sponsors, and the larger community is welcome. The concert was originally scheduled for late April, but has been moved due to logistical issues. For more information, please stay tuned to this website or get in touch with David LaMotte — dlamotte(at)nccouncilofchurches(dot)org.