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Feb. 24, 2016

Inshallah, the community choir based at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and special guests celebrate Singing With Our Neighbours at Knox Presbyterian Church in Waterloo on Saturday, Mar. 5, 2016.

Since its inception in 2011, the choir’s annual winter event has included local singing groups from China, Korea, Central and South America, East Africa, India, and First Nations, says Debbie Lou Ludolph, director of Inshallah and the seminary’s Kanata Centre for Worship and Global Song.

“We have found that singing together opens us towards understanding, where we learn not only more about each other but about ourselves,” said Ludolph. “In this way, Singing With Our Neighbours fits with our mission to learn what it means to be an inclusive community, nurturing openness, vulnerability and mutuality.”

Proceeds from donations will go to Reception House Waterloo Region which helps settle refugees into the region.

Rev. Linda Ashfield, a minister at Knox Presbyterian Church, says her congregation is happy to partner with Inshallah and celebrate Canada's history of welcoming refugees and immigrants, and to raise money to benefit a community group.

“Our own congregation is hoping to raise enough money to sponsor a Syrian refugee family,” said Ashfield. “We know that we too will be relying on the many wonderful community organizations that are supporting and helping refugee sponsors."

The event’s special guests include:

  • The Next Generation Swahili Singers (East and West African singers).
  • Muslim singer-songwriter Dawud Wharnsby.
  • members of the Aboriginal song and drum group Mino Ode Kwewak N’gamowak (Good Hearted Women Singers).

Inshallah also welcomes local poet Bashar Lulu Jabbour. Jabbour is a recent immigrant to Canada. His poetry explores themes of immigration, privilege and anti-oppression.

Time and date: 7 p.m. on Saturday Mar.  5, 2016.

Location: Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St. W., Waterloo, Ont.

Admission: Free. Donations will gratefully be accepted.

For more information on Inshallah please visit the choir’s website. Please contact Debbie Lou Ludolph at or 519.884.0710 x4132 for additional event details. Media inquiries may be directed to Mirko Petricevic, director of Communications and Public Affairs at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at 519.884.0710 x2162.

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