Special Musical Guest: Jim Scott

On Sunday, March 23, we will welcome special musical guest, Jim Scott.  Jim will be playing during the morning service and then again at a concert with a potluck lunch following the service.

Jim Scott – UU Composer, Poet, Performer and Activist – Jim Scott has brought his contemporary and multicultural music to more than 600 UU Churches over nearly three decades.  His much loved “Gather the Spirit” and a number of others are included in the UU hymnbooks.  Former Co-chair of the UU Ministry for the Earth, Jim was involved in creating the “Green Sanctuary” program.  He was awarded a grant from the Fund for Unitarian Universalism to compile and arrange the Earth and Spirit Songbook, a collection of over 100 songs of earth and peace that has been acclaimed as a great resource for worship and RE programs.  Jim sings and speaks with passion on ecology, justice and peace, often working with choirs, inspiring singers to new levels of expression.  His lyrical poetry, songs and stories are calls to action, full of hope and gentle wit.  Though Jim is often brought in as the “speaker,” his services are always very musical, and as song-leader he lifts joyous participation from congregations.

As a member of the Paul Winter Consort, Jim co-wrote their celebrated “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass” and sang their signature song “Common Ground.” His eco-anthem “A Song for the Earth” was recorded at the United Nations.  Jim has gone on to create an extensive body of work including PBS soundtracks, award winning choral works and seven CDs of original music.  On his new CD Gather the Spirit Jim is featured leading choral arrangements of his songs from the UU hymnbooks and other new creations.  He’s taught courses at such prestigious schools as Oberlin College and been an artist in residence in many schools and universities.

Further info at:  www.JimScottGuitar.com

Youtube: Jim Scott, May Your Life be as a Song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UAvai4ukcYI