Interfaith dialogue and concert to take place this weekend

01/14/10 Robert Lorei
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Rev. Abhi Janamanchi and Dr. Roy Kaplan appeared on this segment of WMNF's Radioactivity to talk about this weekend's Interfaith Dialogue and concert at the UU Church in Clearwater. According to their press release the event is designed to raise funds that are urgently needed to aid relief operations in Haiti and to commemorate the birth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater (Octagon Arts Center) will host a multicultural, interfaith music concert on Friday, Jan. 15 at 7:15 pm. The church is located on 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater, FL 33764.

The concert will feature musical groups from various faith traditions (Baha'i, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, and Unitarian Universalist); a multicultural percussive ensemble (African, Afro-Caribbean, Indian, Japanese, and Native American); music by world renowned jazz musician and percussionist Fred Johnson; singer, song-writer, and environmental activist, Jim Scott, and other Tampa Bay artistes. The concert is free and open to the public. A love offering will be received during the concert to support relief operations in Haiti.

Collected funds will be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, who with the Unitarian Universalist Association have launched a joint earthquake relief fund to help the survivors.

UUSC’s disaster response in Haiti will focus on those survivors less likely to have access to aid, such as child domestic workers (restaviks), women-headed households that work in the informal sector, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Haiti has a vibrant grassroots movement with a vision of empowering people. UUSC will work closely with partners in this grassroots movement to reach those survivors at greatest risk of being overlooked. As of this afternoon, they’ve already connected with several organizations and will be reaching out to others over the next days in order to shape the response.

For more information, please contact Rev. Abhi Janamanchi at 727-667-3398 or email

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