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Bringing the arts, religion and spirituality together, internationally renowned opera soprano Angela Brown will be featured in “A Plea for Healing” service March 7 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N Meridian St., on the city’s northside.

The interfaith service, as part of the Faith Justice and the Arts initiative of St. Pauls Church, will highlight Indianapolis’ diverse religious and artistic community through prayers and performances as a means of helping the community heal from the divisive political and social aspects of today’s society.

“I am inviting faith, community, and arts leaders, everyday citizens, and lay leaders to convene and demonstrate the impact and power of community strength,” Brown said in a released statement. “It is my hope that this purposeful gathering will transform beyond one prayer service to rouse a rallying cry for cooperative and impactful action throughout the city of Indianapolis.”

Brown has appeared on stage in concert halls internationally and across the nation, including in Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Her debut performance of Verdi’s Aida at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in 2004 was so well-received that an article about her appeared on the front page of the New York Times. For two decades she has given free concerts titled, Opera . . . from a Sistah’s Point of View.

By bringing together different perspectives of religion and the arts, the event aims to connect and heal the wounds of Indianapolis’ community, organizers said.
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on March 7 at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Indianapolis.

Several local pastors and Jewish leaders will offer prayers, and local artists will perform poetry in different languages. Sandy Garcia will perform a poem in Spanish and Anselme Blaise Argelier will perform a poem in French.

Music, dance, and spoken word will be used to enhance “the spirit of evocation and unity” throughout the prayer service.

Anyone regardless of race or religious affiliation is encouraged to attend the event in person or watch live on YouTube at AngelaBrownSoprano.

What: A Plea for Healing

When: March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N Meridian St.

Price: Free

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