Front Lawn, First Church Berkeley
On Sunday, November 27, 2016 a group of InterPlay Art Responders will honor Pilgrim Hall, the part of First Church Berkeley that was destroyed by fire on September 30, with a simple ritual of music, movement, stillness and reverence. The event will take place on the front lawn of the church from 3?4 pm and all members of the First Church community are invited to witness.
The ritual will honor the grief over the loss of a space for the First Church community as well as other individuals and groups for whom the church was a gathering place. The InterPlay community has held countless rehearsals, performances, and events for over 25 years.
The ritual, which will also be an expression of gratitude, will be led by Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay, Elizabeth Middleburg and cellist Catherine Jolly. The three are part of Art Responders, a national InterPlay healing response offered to people and places where violence or destruction has occurred.
On that Sunday morning, the First Church community will be invited to remember events or moments that were important to them that took place in that part of the building and write them on ribbons to be used in the ritual.