Carla DeSola soared high at the 9th Annual New Way Media Fest and lifted the crowd with her in response to Host David Randolph’s plea: “Carla, teach us to dance!" Carla and David McCauley (pictured above with Joan Carter and David Randolph) and Omega West Dancers dramatized the power of faith over fear against the painting of 9/11/2001 first responders by John Skaggs.
Pastor Sam Park welcomed a full Albany United Methodist Church as David Randolph preached on the theme “The Great Parade from Dream to Reality” and Carla led the dancers in the theme of the poem “And God said Dance” by David Madgalene before the painting by John Skaggs. They are shown in this photo left to right in the order cited.
David McCauley re-presents a model of Michelangelo’s “ David” to Carla as Host Randolph smiles. The biblical David who was a great poet and dancer as well as warrior and leader powerfully symbolizes the dream that the Festival seeks to make real through vision and action.
Tim Nuveen (poet and founding President of CARE Board) is seen here with Host David and Honoree Carla and Judy Anderson gathering strength to host our booth for thousands at the huge Solano Stroll.
THE FESTIVAL THEME WAS SUMMED UP IN THE SERMON BY DR. RANDOLPH:
We are on the march from the dream to the reality of the kingdom of God.
This is the day of the great parade from chaos through creation and creativity to community beloved of God and we are on the march.
We are marching in the spirit from despair to hope.
We are marching from the destruction of the planet to caring for it.
We are marching from inequality to justice.
We are marching from guns on our streets and war in the world to nonviolence at home and peace in the world.
We are on the march for many reasons but principally because Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount says, this is the way to live: forward march!
Before today you might have thought beatitudes were platitudes.
This is the day that changes and we see them as a call to action and we must take a stand.
STAY TUNED FOR PLANS FOR TENTH ANNUAL NEW WAY MEDIA FESTIVAL IN 2014.