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Reminder: MSR Flamekeeper Webinar April 29

  • 1.  Reminder: MSR Flamekeeper Webinar April 29

    Posted 04-28-2020 15:52
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    Dear Colleagues,

    This is a brief reminder that the MSR Flamekeeper webinar is tomorrow, April 29th at 1pm -2:30pm Eastern and is open to the public. We hope you will join us.  The webinar will be recorded and posted to the MSR website.  More details are in the attached invitation.

    Warm Blessings, Judi

    Topic:  Western and Eastern Natural law influence on spirituality, mindfulness and sustainability with Richard Peregoy. 


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    Judi Neal Ph.D.
    Edgewalkers International
    Fayetteville AR
    (479) 871-9116

  • 2.  RE: Reminder: MSR Flamekeeper Webinar April 29

    Posted 04-29-2020 19:30
    Dear MSR Community,

    Thanks to all the MSR members who attended Richard Peregoy's Big Question Webinar today, hosted by the MSR Flamekeeper Committee.  You can find the recording here, and this link will be available for one week:

    Password: 0x.44@*.

    During the call June Boyce Tillman mentioned that she is hosting a Zoom Choir for Peace. Several people sounded interested in joining so I have included June's invitation here below.

    Warmly, Judi


    Dear friends,

    I am inviting you to join the following exciting event on Monday 4th May.  It is an experimental venture that we have been trialling and I hope we will carry on developing with your help.  We hope to extend the international reach of this.  Please contact Neil valentine at:




    Please let him know if you are coming and he will give you the link to the chant tunes. 


    This is the ZOOM link


    Topic: UoW Music Centre Space for Peace - Online ZOOM

    Time: May 4, 2020 06:00 PM London BST (British Summer Time)


    Join Zoom Meeting



    Neil will go through everything before we start.  I look forward to welcoming you here. 

    All the very best



    ZOOM CHOIR FOR PEACE by June Boyce-Tillman

    Singing for Cosmic Peace -musicking the world



    Forming the idea


    The idea for this originated in an event done for over nine years in Winchester Cathedral and the university and other faith venues including a Hindu temple in Southampton and St John's church in Hackney.  It was based on creating a piece for peace by chance/choice methods. Each time had  different participants from different faith and spiritual traditions with differing responses and outcomes.  These participants included a rabbi singing Jewish cantillation, school choirs, community groups, university choirs of different kinds and the Islamic call to prayer. Each participant was free to use the 'performance' in whatever way they thought it would contribute to peace. The context draws on Levinas' and Buber's notion of the valuing of difference in the Other.  It sees performance as process rather than product.


    It originally contained a variety of sections but started with a collection of chants that fitted together because they were based on a single chord   and a candle lit peace procession on a single note. It was designed to reflect a new model of peace-making based on choice and not overall control.   It showed the creativity of a diverse group of people given freedom to exercise their own choices - unity without uniformity.


    Faced with the complex time of COVID awareness, with people unable to congregate, I have been examining musicking technologically.  There are many virtual ensembles which are usually recorded individually and put together by a single person.  The problem with the ZOOM platform is that it is impossible to have a single shared pulse. So this piece explores what can be done musically without a shared pulse, The notion of a shared single note and a set of chants that are based n the same chord might address the problem, combined with the notion of chance/choice.


    We have now tried this twice – once in the context of the University of Winchester and once using international participants under the direction of Neil Valentine , director of the University Music Centre.  It is highly experimental as it means abandoning a lot of things we have thought central to shared musical performance – the shared pulse being the crucial one.  The behaviour of the technology also gives interesting dimensions to whom is heard clearly and who is not.  The notion of what is good and what is not is challenged and people have to claim the power by accepting their own contribution as valid. However, it has given people a sense of singing together in an entirely new way.  Comments have included:


    • You have to abandon everything you have learned
    • I became confident in my singing
    • I could  carry on in my own way
    • It was challenging to work in a new way.
    • Timing does not matter – that is the gift.
    • Not having to worry about being with anyone else was very liberating.
    • I was not required to produce perfection
    • Initially it was very weird. I had to listen to my own voice. I thought I am not going to be able to make this but became  more self-confident as it went on and then I did not want it to stop. I did more improvisation. I felt connected with the rest of the world.  It was a good experience.





    My thinking about the state of the world at present is that it need a protecting veil of love to enfold it.  This modification for Space for Peace – written originally for Winchester cathedral as a musical vigil for peace - is designed for ZOOM choir  where the sounds are not synchronised but fit together as we choose to make them.  



    • Movement One  - Out of a Loving silence

    Sit quietly imagining a lovely hum surrounding the world – the environment, other people, yourself


    • Movement Two - Peace Procession

    An instrument will give you a note D.   Sing 'shalom' on this note, not as a work but enjoying the different syllables – sash – a- l – o -mm.

    An instrument will improvise over the top and if you feel moved do improvise but listen to all the incoming voices and do not get it too excited. It is calm.  


    • Movement Three - Chanting for Peace

    The instrument will initiate the first chant and we can all sing it.  After that you can return to the original note or move slowly through the succession of chants as far as you like.  Move forward or stay put on one chant or a single note as you choose.



    • Shalom my friends, shalom my friends,

    Shalom, shalom.

    May peace my friends be with you today,

    Shalom, shalom.


    • Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.

    Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.

    Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.

    Let peace fill our hearts, fill our world, fill our universe.

    Peace, peace, peace. Peace, peace, peace.


    • Sing of a place, a flowering field, where divisions end, I'll meet you there.


    • Where there is love and joy and peace, where there is love, forgiveness grows


    • Walk gently, stand tall, for sacred is the earth.


    • Come, flowing air, serving every part of earth

    Bind us together in a unity


    • As the water with the rock and the air with the sun, may we be drawing nearer with love and respect.



    • Movement Four: Th Final Chord

    The instrument will initiate the last singing of the first chant and we all gradually come to rest on a final chord.  Gradually shut it down to a hum and bring it gradually to an end.


    • Movement Five: Descent into Silence

    Listen to the sound dying down and sit in silence contemplating the planet.



    This is a musical event with an intention for peace.  I hope it will show the creativity of a diverse group of people given freedom to exercise their own choices - unity without uniformity. – all done with the intention of calming a troubled world.


    June Boyce-Tillman April 2020


    Judi Neal Ph.D.
    Edgewalkers International
    Fayetteville AR
    (479) 871-9116

  • 3.  RE: Reminder: MSR Flamekeeper Webinar April 29

    Posted 04-30-2020 14:47
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    Some people have had a problem with downloading the Richard Peregoy webinar recording, so I have attached it here.

    Judi Neal Ph.D.
    Edgewalkers International
    Fayetteville AR
    (479) 871-9116