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Musicians carry out through the 2017 Spirit & Place Pageant. This 12 months’s competition, with the theme “establish,” options quite a few music-based occasions, together with “The Rhythm of Us: Interfaith Understanding Via the Artwork of Music,” on Nov. 10 at Franklin School. Submitted photograph

Music connects us all.

Transcending language limitations, variations of race and gender, and bodily distance, music is a common method to relate to at least one one other.

Such a medium makes it the right automobile to look at spiritual identities and the similarities all of us share.

“Music is so necessary to how religions convey their beliefs, but additionally how they have fun, how they lament,” mentioned David Carlson, professor emeritus of religions and philosophy at Franklin School. “Music is the soundtrack of all religions.”

Franklin School will host “The Rhythm of Us: Interfaith Understanding Via the Artwork of Music” on Nov. 10, a part of this 12 months’s Spirit & Place Pageant. The occasion will characteristic musicians and performers from a wide range of religion traditions, together with a Christian vocalist and pianist, in addition to chanters from the Hindu and Greek Orthodox traditions.

Bringing collectively completely different religions can solely strengthen and help the methods individuals are the identical, whereas serving to convey the identities that these performers have carved out.

“We’re actually blissful that Franklin School, the previous couple of years, have submitted occasions beneath this umbrella of ‘interfaith understanding by way of the humanities.’ They appear actually dedicated to utilizing the ability of various artwork kinds to discover spiritual similarities and variations,” mentioned Erin Kelley, occasion companies specialist for Spirit & Place. “It’s so necessary to create these areas to collect with individuals who is probably not precisely like us, and we study and from one another.”

Spirit & Place is a yearly occasion targeted on serving to develop the human spirit. Developed as a neighborhood challenge managed by The Polis Heart at IUPUI, it was established in 1996 to be a catalyst for neighborhood engagement.

That is completed by way of inventive collaborations. Dozens of space organizations, businesses, church buildings and different teams work collectively to placed on greater than 30 particular person occasions as a part of the competition.

“One of many issues that makes the competition so distinctive is that it’s neighborhood created, which signifies that Spirit & Place the group are solely answerable for the opening and shutting evening occasions,” Kelley mentioned. “Every part else is created by the neighborhood — universities, libraries, museums, but additionally congregations and impartial artists and even impartial writers and students.”

Every year, a theme is chosen to tie the competition collectively. That central idea is broad sufficient to permit teams to interpret their very own tackle it, and submit proposed actions that may be featured through the competition.

Previous festivals have checked out themes equivalent to danger, play, rising up and origins. This 12 months, the competition is constructed across the thought of “establish.”

“We all the time attempt to decide on occasions that we expect will resonate with individuals, significantly those that can be interested by creating an occasion. We need to spark their creativeness,” Kelley mentioned. “And we attempt to be conscious of what’s occurring on the planet. It actually does look like we live in a interval proper now the place, as a nation, we’re actually grappling with how we construct widespread bonds of identification, and the way we respect people’ identification.”

Occasions throughout this 12 months’s competition method that theme in a wide range of methods.

Folks can hear from science fiction followers who’ve a nontraditional expertise with their very own gender identification or sexual orientation throughout “Jadzia, My Beloved Outdated Good friend! Gender Illustration in Science Fiction” on the Heart for Inquiry in downtown Indianapolis.

The meals and flavors of Yemen, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Palestine and extra assist clarify how meals and identification are inextricably linked throughout “Inform Me What You Eat and I’ll Inform You The place You Are From” at MOTW Espresso and Pastries in Indianapolis. “Inking Identification: Indigenous Tattoo Practices” explores how tattooing shapes and displays cultural identification.

“You flip the theme out to the neighborhood, they usually come again with a lot extra. This 12 months’s competition has all the pieces from occasions exploring the concept of gender, the concept of race, the concept of meals as a method to convey identification,” Kelley mentioned. “It’s actually wonderful and humbling what individuals provide you with every year.”

Key to the concept of how individuals establish is religion, and the interaction between completely different spiritual traditions, she mentioned.

Interfaith dynamics have been a spotlight of Franklin for a few years, and gave it an ideal method when suggesting an occasion to Spirit & Place organizers.

Carlson and Hannah Adams Ingram, the school’s director of non secular life and chaplain, labored collectively to plan an occasion centered on interfaith dialogue and understanding. The pair have each been lively with the Heart for Interfaith Cooperation primarily based in Indianapolis and have represented Franklin School at numerous interfaith celebratory occasions and academic workshops.

“This actually got here from the quite a few interfaith occasions that I’ve been concerned with through the years. What I’ve observed is that they have a tendency to deliver collectively individuals from different faiths, they usually speak about their distinctive beliefs,” Carlson mentioned. “It results in a sort of data overload — it’s a whole lot of concepts and philosophies. So we didn’t suppose it was probably the most partaking method to encounter completely different religion traditions.”

In 2020, the school hosted its first annual Interfaith Understanding by way of the Arts occasion through the Spirit & Place Pageant. Storytellers got here collectively to share tales from their very own religion traditions and share their very own experiences.

The occasion was a hit, spawning a second iteration of Interfaith Understanding by way of the Arts in 2021, this time utilizing poetry.

“As a substitute of speaking about what completely different religion traditions consider, we might deliver performers and artists, they usually’d provide one thing from their religion custom that may be a special method to encounter a special faith,” Carlson mentioned.

“The Rhythm of Us” options performances from vocalist Maegan Pollonais accompanied by pianist Chang Shen from the Christian religion custom; chanter Vasanthi (Indu) Vasudevan from the Hindu religion custom; and chanter Constantine (Dean) Maniakas from the Greek Orthodox religion custom.

“The thought is to supply an encounter with completely different religion traditions, that may begin with one thing that was uncommon or perhaps new to our ears,” Carlson mentioned.

The occasion shall be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 within the Branigin Room within the Napolitan Scholar Heart, with a “Meet the Artists” dessert reception at 6 p.m. previous to the performances. The occasion is free to attend however registration is required. Friends might register at


“The Rhythm of Us: Interfaith Understanding Via the Artwork of Music” 

What: Musicians performing throughout religion traditions and genres will interact individuals in a broader dialog about how we convey who we’re, as people and as teams, by way of singing, chanting and instrumental performances. The occasion is a part of this 12 months’s Spirit & Place Pageant 

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 10. A “meet the artists” reception shall be held at 6. 

The place: Branigin Room, Napolitan Scholar Heart, Franklin School campus 

Value: The occasion is free to attend however registration is required. Friends might register at 

For a full schedule of occasions at this 12 months’s Spirit & Place Pageant, go to 

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