Music has the power to build connections among people, creating common ground through the joyfully shared experience of appreciating talent and entertainment. With that in mind, Moorestown’s First United Methodist Church invited Brotherly Love, an ensemble from the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus (PGMC) to perform in their sanctuary on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. This will mark the first time that members of the renowned choral group have held a concert in Moorestown.
“Our church’s vision is to be an inclusive, diverse congregation that loves others, works for justice and peace, and shares God’s grace,” explains Lisa Kulp, who is organizing the event and chairs the church’s Reconciling Committee. “PGMC's values of accepting all people and ensuring that everyone feels accepted goes hand in hand with this vision. This is being called a Community Engagement Concert because that's exactly what we want to do...engage the community in a conversation, and PGMC does that by fostering understanding of diversity through music.”
Known for their exceptional performances and broad repertoire, PMGC is celebrating it’s 38th year of entertaining audiences, supporting communities, and fostering acceptance. The chorus has performed in Philadelphia at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Academy of Music, Prince Theater, and Arden Theater. Additionally, PGMC has sung with stars like Hugh Jackman, Patti LuPone, Jennifer Holliday, Margaret Cho and Andrea McArdle. The group was awarded the 2016 Human and Civil Rights Award at the Pennsylvania State Education Association Celebrating Excellence Awards. It was also selected for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund’s Non-Profit Hero Award in 2017.
PGMC’s select, 16-member ensemble Brotherly Love celebrates differences and inspires change at community outreach events throughout the region. They engage audiences with a wide variety of styles, including spirituals and sacred pieces, pop, opera, folk, ballads, and Broadway and Hollywood tunes.
The popularity of PMGC is expected to draw people from other local communities, and the reconciled congregations of three other United Methodist churches in the region will be supporting the event: Centenary UMC in Berlin, Fellowship UMC in Haddon Heights, and Emanuel UMC in Haddon Township. First United Methodist church became a reconciling congregation last year, with the intention of fully embracing people’s differences, including diversity of race, ethnicity, age, religious background, life experience, economic status, marital status, family configuration, physical and developmental ability, education, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The concert is open to all and free of charge. Nursery care is available and a free will offering will be collected. First United Methodist Church is located at 446 Camden Avenue in Moorestown.
“We are always looking for ways to reach out, and are excited to introduce Moorestown and surrounding communities to PGMC, whose goal is to break barriers through song,” notes Kulp. “We know that diverse communities are stronger communities.”