David LaMotte Concert and Workshop!
May 21, 7 p.m. Concert in the Sanctuary
May 22, 10 a.m. David will lead us in worship
May 22, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch and Workshop: Community Building Through
Sharing Our Stories
There is no single box that would hold David LaMotte.
He is an award-winning songwriter and itinerant peace activist.
He has spoken and sung with well-known world changers such as Desmond Tutu and the late civil rights hero John Lewis. His peacemaking work has taken him from Bosnia to Belfast and from Berlin to Bethlehem.
Touring full-time for nearly two decades, LaMotte developed a large and loyal following around the world. His music has been honored with numerous awards and grants as well as artist sponsorships. LaMotte’s music has been featured on dozens of artist compilations.
“I’ve spent my whole life, really, my whole adult life, almost 30 years, pretty much-following callings as I’ve felt them in the moment. Pretty much doing what I felt led to do. And somehow it’s always worked out,” LaMotte says. “Some of that stuff I get paid for, some of it I don’t get paid for, but all of it is stuff I care about, and that feels authentic to me. So, I’ve gotten to do that for a living. Play music, talk to people about things I care about, and invite them into conversations that matter. And I’m so grateful for that.”
If the name sounds familiar it’s because David LaMotte is no stranger to Kalamazoo audiences. He was at First Presbyterian Church in 2016 when his trio, Abraham Jam, was in town for a performance at the 2016 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music. He also appeared in Kalamazoo as part of the 2011 Michigan Festival of Sacred Music and has made numerous visits to the Congregation of St. Joseph.
David LaMotte will visit FPC the weekend of May 21 and May 22 to offer performance and help the church kick off a season of storytelling. He will be in concert on May 21 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. LaMotte also will offer a sermon during the worship service at 10 a.m. on May 22. Following the worship service, there will be a storytelling workshop where those in attendance will learn about fostering community connection through sharing our stories. The event in the Dining Room is for FPC members and friends. Registration is required for this free event. A meal will be provided. Please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register.
To register for this event (it’s free!) please use the QR code found on this page, or visit https://tinyurl.com/27723t4f