Shoes Martin Luther King Retreat honors focuses on "Service"
The 6th Annual In His Shoes Martin Luther
King Weekend took place on the eve of the Obama Inauguration. Under the
direction of Fr. Vazken Movsesian, participants explored different
dimensions of "Service" - the theme of this year's retreat.
Saturday night, the Retreat began with the
showing of "Darfur Now" the acclaimed documentary about six different
means to action in Darfur. Sunday, a guest from Armenia, Hasmik Babayan,
who is studying in Nairobi, gave a talk to the group, followed by a
Requiem Mass for the slain Civil Rights leader.
A soul-food brunch followed the morning
activities at the studios of Vasken Brudian in Atwater Village. Gor
Mkhitarian lead the group in community singing of his new CD, "Spirit."
Fr. Vazken was pleased to welcome human rights advocate and defense
attorney Christopher Armen to the event. During the last days of the
election last November, Attorney Armen, Fr. Vazken and Varoujan
Movsesian were out in Nevada in a get-out-to-vote campaign with the
Monday evening, the In His Shoes monthly
feed to Los Angeles' Skid Row brought food and clothing to the city's
The Week came to an end with a special
podcast dedicated to "Hope" - the Dream of Dr. King, finding fulfillment
in the new dawn and new day. (Hear at
Watch here for blogs and pictures coming in
the next few days.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above
the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of
all humanity. -Martin Luther King Jr.
The 2009 Calendar with the "Universal
Peace Spiral" by artist Gregory Beylerian is a wall poster and available
now. Order today.
Gor Mkhitarian releases "Spirit" CD in
collaboration with In His Shoes Ministries. On December 18 a concert at
Zipper Hall (Los Angeles) ushered in a new age of Armenian spiritual music.
Order your copy of Spirit Today!
See excerpts from the concert in the Youtube video below.
Open Letter from Fr. Vazken
- This Day in History... (Dec. 18, 2008)
the Christmas Spirit will come to LA as Gor Mkhitarian releases his 7th
CD, “Spirit” with a concert in Los Angeles.
I’m writing to share my
enthusiasm about this CD with you. The “Spirit” CD represents much more than
the release of some new music. It reflects the feelings and expressions of a
new generation in a true spirit of respect for the past, love for life to
today and hope for tomorrow. The songs harmoniously weave ancient church
music with the pop sound that is so uniquely Gor Mkhitarian.
I’m proud to have been part
of this project from the beginning and ask that you join us for the
CD-Release concert, tomorrow, December 18, at Zipper Hall (across from the
Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA).
The concert is presented by
the In His Shoes Mission, and proceeds benefit its many projects that bring
relief to the suffering people in the world. In particular, In His Shoes
provides humanitarian aid and assistance to people that have experienced by
Genocide, such as in Darfur. In His Shoes seeks to answer even the most
despicable acts of hatred with the Love taught by Jesus Christ.
At this Christmas season, I
ask that you join us in celebrating the Birth of Love, by being a part of
history. The last time the Armenian spirit was rocked like this was in the
Middle Ages. Don’t wait for another 700 years to pass to get another chance!
Come and experience the Spirit with us tomorrow evening at Zipper Hall.
We’re also pleased to feature the music of Mariam Matossian, in her First
West Coast performance.
sound that you’ll find only in The Spirit! It’s a sound that will take you
back through the centuries and deliver you to the doorstep of the 3rd
millennium. Don’t miss this historic event! Renowned musical artist Gor
Mkhitarian engages in a collaborative effort with Father Vazken Movsesian,
founder of the Armenian Church Youth Ministries and the In His Shoes
Mission, to produce music that resonates with the sacred and mystical sphere
of the Armenian Church, and then to be set free in the modern world. Hear
the spirit of the Lusavorich, Narekatzi and Shnorhali, in a language that
drives the human soul to the Divine. Bring your family. Bring your friends.
You’re invited to history
in the making.
Give “The Spirit” for Christmas
- Special First Edition release, signed by the artist will be
available that evening.
Guarantee: This concert will put you in the Christmas Spirit and
carry the blessing into the New Year.
"Darfur Now" is available on DVD. This
documentary features the campaign to divest California from the Sudan. Featured
in the film are the postcards which many IN HIS SHOES volunteers
delivered to Governor Schwarzenegger. Watch trailer
Reaching out to the
youth with the Love of Christ is our calling. We need your prayers on a daily
basis! Please remember our youth, all youth as your youth. Our priest, staff and
workers are in need of your prayerful encouragement.
To participate financially in this ministry, we’re challenging our community to
make daily offerings. A pledge of $1/day = $365; $2/day=$730; $5/day= $1825 a
year and so on. Think about it. Pray about it. It’s a small amount for all the
work that is being done day in and day out. As our Lord Jesus says, “For
wherever your treasure is, there shall your heart be also.” (Matt. 6:21) Make
youth a priority in your life, by making them a priority in your giving. Your
contributions insure the continuity of our ministry.
Pledges may be fulfilled monthly or quarterly by check. Or we can conveniently
bill your credit card every month-MasterCard® and VISA® are accepted.
What's New and What's Not
Making the presence of Christ real in the
lives of Armenian youth - that's what we're all about - a continuation of the work begun early in 2003. Our
church, the St. Peter Armenian Church & Youth Ministries' Center is located across the street for a cluster of schools in Glendale. This
area has been referred to as Ground Zero
- it represents one of the largest populations of Armenian youth outside of
Armenia. Here God has opened a new door of hope and love for the community.
Church services take place throughout the week culminating with the celebration
of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday mornings. Through church activities and a
working partnership with In His Shoes, young people are finding significance in
their church, communities and in their lives.