Sounds of Faith Concert to explore three religions

CRYSTAL LAKE – First Congregational Church will host a Sounds of Faith Concert on Sunday and traditional sounds of three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The concert will be at 5:30 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary, 461 Pierson St., Crystal Lake.

The concert will bring together thoughtful practitioners, commentators and some of Chicago’s notable performers in sacred music. Chant and recitation will offer Jewish cantillation, Qurânic recitation and Christian hymnody.

The concert aims to foster interreligious understanding and to build strong ties between religions and communities of faith, the church said in a news release.     

Sounds of Faith will include a “signature opening” with the blowing of the shofar, ringing of the bells and the chanting of the Muslim call to prayer. A chanting of the “Word of God” features selections from the Torah, the New Testament and the Quran.

The concert also includes a musical piece from the church’s elementary and secondary school students, among other performances.   

A reception and vegetarian meal will follow the concert. A $20 donation is suggested for adults, $15 for students. 

To register for the event, email your name and number of guests to soundoffaith@fcc-cl.org.  The event is co-sponsored by and for the benefit of FaithBridge and The Harran Foundation. 

For information, visit www.harranfoundation.org.