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Christ Church Cranbrook Hosts Online Memorial Service for COVID-19 Victims in Metro Detroit – Episcopal News Service

Christ Church Cranbrook, in cooperation with the Michigan Opera Theater and the City of Detroit Bureau of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, hosted an online memorial service for those in the Metro Detroit area who died of COVID -19. Participants include internationally renowned soprano Christine Goerke as well as Wayne Brown, President and CEO of Michigan Opera Theater and Rochelle Riley, Director of Arts and Culture for the City of Detroit. The memorial service can be viewed here.

“As we all struggle to cry, my greatest hope is that this service provides a unique opportunity to pick up every precious child of God that we have lost during this pandemic,” said Rev. Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr., rector of Christ Church Cranbrook. “The language we will use will be from the Christian tradition, but I pray that this service encourages all religious traditions and communities to speak confidently in their own religious idiom. The loss of these lives is so great that we need multiple languages ​​and rituals to piece together the spiritual tapestry that makes Metro Detroit so special.

The memorial service included a special reading by Wayne Brown of “When the Big Trees Fall” by Maya Angelou and a meditation by Rochelle Riley. It also featured four solo performances by Christine Goerke, accompanied by violinist Phoebe Gelzer-Govatos and pianist Steven McGhee, and a list of names of Metro Detroit COVID-19 victims collected from publicly available sources. The service also included members of the clergy, musicians and staff of Christ Church Cranbrook: Rev. Dr. William J. Danaher, Jr., rector; Reverend Manisha Dostert, Senior Associate Rector; Reverend Chris Harris, Associate President; Christopher Wells, music director and organist; and, Nathan Costa, Assistant Music Director and Liturgist.

“It was a great honor to have been invited to participate in this moving service, dedicated to all those who have been lost in this region due to this overwhelming pandemic,” said soprano Christine Goerke. “It is such a difficult time for all of us and having the ability and the gift to mourn one another is a fellowship like no other.” Goerke recently performed in the Michigan Opera Theater parking lot performances of “Twilight: Gods,” an hour-long adaptation of Richard Wagner’s “Götterdämmerung” or “Twilight of the Gods”.

Rochelle Riley, who coordinated the recent Belle Isle Memorial Drive in front of 907 billboard portraits of Detroit Covid-19 victims, added: “Our communities are suffering profound loss. Since so many of our loved ones had to die alone, let’s make sure we don’t force each other to grieve alone. Support and lift each other up. It was a powerful and moving way to do it. “

How to watch the memorial service
The service is available on the Christ Church Cranbrook Facebook page and on the YouTube channel.

Christ Church Cranbrook COVID-19 Response Fund
In addition to this service, Christ Church Cranbrook has committed $ 219,000 to support people and communities directly affected by COVID-19 and, in collaboration with the Douglas Allison Family Foundation, which has awarded $ 200,000 in catalytic grants to projects that address the root causes of poverty. . Partners include: Forgotten Harvest, Crossroads of Michigan, Lighthouse of Oakland County, Front Line Appreciation Group of Metro Detroit, and First Baptist Institutional Church in Detroit.

About Christ Church Cranbrook
Founded in 1928, Christ Church Cranbrook (CCC) occupies a unique position in the greater Detroit area, providing a vibrant, prosperous, inclusive and welcoming large parish in the Michigan Episcopal Diocese that creates a safe space for a variety of views. The parish was founded through remarkable acts of generosity and philanthropy, continuing its deep and lasting commitment to sharing the gospel and promoting positive social change through its many ministries and partnerships in Detroit and Pontiac. Celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, CCC aims to bring together Christians from diverse backgrounds around God’s table in communion through its fourfold vision: meet Jesus, find joy, share beauty, and serve others.

Website: www.christchurchcranbrook.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christchurchcranbrook/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLYvf8tZBp4TtdwHAelMReA

Instagram: @christchurchcranbrook

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