Two vastly different, yet strangely complimentary, organs will be dedicated in the Amistad Chapel of the UCC's Church House in Cleveland at 4 p.m. on March 8.
One organ, a Bedient "tracker" pipe organ, is the gift of long-time UCC member and donor Ruth Parker and the Ruth Frost Parker Foundation. In 1994, Parker gave the UCC the largest individual gift in its history when she contributed $1million to the "Make A Difference" campaign to provide funds for seminary scholarships, assistance to small local churches and other urgent needs.
The other organ, a digitally equipped Hammond Model 926, is a gift from Trinity UCC in Chicago. Trinity, a predominantly African-American congregation, is the largest UCC church in the United States. The congregation has a history of financial commitment to its local community, members and ministers as well as a sustained covenant to the wider work of the national setting.
"These instruments will enable a wonderful breadth of expression as musicians from our various traditions come to provide music for worship," says Arthur Clyde, Minister for Worship, Music, and Liturgical Arts for the UCC's Local Church Ministries.
At the dedication and a recital at 6:30 that evening, the diverse group of organist members of the Amistad Organ Selection Committee will get a chance to "pull out all the stops" on the organs. Performing will be organist Jeffrey Radford and vocalist Lilly L. Adams of Trinity UCC; Gratian Nugent, Commissioned Minister of Music in the Western Reserve Association of the UCC (Cleveland); and Robert Schneider, Director of Music at First Baptist Church of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a member of Pilgrim Congregational UCC (Cleveland).
There also are plans for a free noontime concert series at the chapel.
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