The I Rise Concert and Recording
Religion. Throughout history, no other type of institution has wielded as much power over the beliefs that people nurture and the decisions that people make as religion. Consciously and unconsciously, society has turned to it for answers to everything from the afterlife to social and political questions. One of the most divisive issues facing spiritual groups recently has been the treatment of those in the LGBTQ community.
Members of GMCLA represent a diverse range of spiritual affiliations including: Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, Baptist, Southern Baptist, Catholic, Christian, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Methodist, Mennonite, Disciples of Christ, Pentecostal, Mormon, Assembly of God, Unity, Community of Christ, Unitarian / Universalist, United Church of Christ, Religious Science, Metropolitan Community Church, Wicca, Atheist, Agnostic, and no religious affiliation.
In an historic concert performance on July 8, 2017 at the famed Walt Disney Concert Hall, GMCLA was joined by over 200 singers from a wide range of faith communities from the greater Los Angeles area for our concert event, I Rise. This performance was an attempt to use music and stories to celebrate the joys of being spiritual beings and to shed light on the oppression that religion has been employed to justify. A month later, we gathered again at the Sony Pictures Soundstage to create this recording. GMCLA is honored to feature not only our members and soloists, but also GMCLA’s small ensemble Aftershock, singers from the various Los Angeles faith communities and special guest soloists Breanna Sinclairé and Holly Near.
Our message is this: regardless of one’s religious affiliation, belief, or non-belief, we are all created equally and deserve love, compassion, and care. No individual or group has a monopoly on grace or divine acceptance.
Images from the recording session
Photos: Matthew Alexander & James Geiger
Postings about the I Rise concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall
- Dr. Joe Nadeau