As a teenage girl, pop culture, especially music, is seemingly everything. As a teenage girl growing up in the Presbyterian Church, David LaMotte was the epitome of cool. I was introduced to his music while attending Montreat Youth Conference in the mountains of North Carolina and I was lucky enough to see him perform three times before he left his music career to study peace and conflict resolution. I remember him taking the time to talk with the audience at his concerts about the ups and downs in life and the treatment of others. I remember feeling encouraged after concerts. I remember waiting in line with my best friend to get his autograph and giggling in anticipation.
Eight years later, you can imagine my joy when I looked, as a new hire, at the staff pages for the North Carolina Council of Churches and learned that David LaMotte was our Peace Consultant. I will get to work with David at his upcoming concert at N.C. State. However, this time I am not anticipating meeting someone famous but, as a young adult, hearing what he has to say about peace.
David’s outdoor concert is at NCSU’s Stafford Field on Wednesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. It is being co-sponsored by the Council, the Episcopal, Lutheran, and Presbyterian campus ministries, and the Wesley Foundation.
David (right) is pictured with Jim Wallis of “Sojourners.”