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Theatrical production seeks to awaken new ways of relating to the world

by Louisville Seminary | Oct 12, 2010
The Affording Hope Project and the Worship Resource Center of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary present Leaps and Bounds, a theatrical production that engages audiences at the intersection of faith, care of the earth, and global equity. This special performance is being offered to the public, free of charge, on the campus of Louisville Seminary at Caldwell Chapel, October 19, 2010, at 7 p.m.

Leaps and Bounds, a one woman show produced and performed by Tevyn East, is touring faith communities and institutions of higher learning across the United States in 2010. Written in collaboration with Ched Myers, renowned biblical scholar and teacher, this show is about the interconnection of faith, ecology, and global economy. Weaving biblical and personal narrative, dance, music, and a touch of economic theory, Leaps and Bounds addresses the driving factors of our ecological crisis while awakening the imagination to a new way of living with and relating to Earth.

Leaps and Bounds has been shared with more than 30 audiences in 23 cities across the country. This fall, the show is touring much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Cláudio Carvalhaes, Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching at the Seminary and director of the Worship Resource Center there, says, “It is an amazing show! It connects Bible, theology, and arts around issues of ecology and economics and social life, and encourages those who witness the production to consider their individual roles and advocacy on the issues.”

Daughter of two Presbyterian (USA) ministers, East has spent most of her adult life developing original works of dance-theater as well as teaching dance, organizing workshops, and other cultural events in Charlottesville, Va. While she appears on the stage alone, Leaps and Bounds is the result of collaboration between many talented individuals, featured on the website, www.affordinghopeproject.org.

East conceived of Leaps and Bounds while working with the Faith, Economy, Ecology (FEE) Working Group, a Washington D.C.-based coalition of mostly faith-based organizations and individuals, who believe that humanity is being called to radically change its interactions with each other and Earth. Their founding document, “A Call to Integrate Faith, Ecology and the Global Economy,” says, “We embrace our power and responsibility to create a human economy that fits within Earth’s ecological boundaries, more authentically serves human needs, and builds community.”

Grounded in theological reflection, Leaps and Bounds, embodies an adventure, searching for the values that would support an economic system that promotes human well-being and ecological health.

With foot stomping songs, playful humor, daring dance sequences, and vulnerable honesty, this show will draw the audience along a compelling journey, and ultimately articulate a hope that we can all share. Rev. Dennis J. Parker, the Campus Minister at Portland State University, says, "see this magical performance and find yourself laughing, humming and crying; and wanting to understand more about how our faith can inform our vision of the Judeo-Christian story that will move us to action.”

For more information contact the Worship Resource Center at LPTS

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