Saturday, April 26, 2008

Rock4Justice in the paper.

Biola's newspaper, The Chimes, published an article about the upcoming Rock4Justice Show. It's a lovely article; you can read it here, or see below!

Social Justice Ministry reaches out locally, showcases live music
By Mitchell Young
April 24, 2008, 4:11 p.m.

Kicking off a packed month of social events, Social Justice Ministry’s Rock 4 Justice concert brings both local talent and a local ministry to Sutherland Auditorium. The show is juggling a unique and impressive genre-spanning billing.

Solo artist Erin McLaughlin’s folk-inspired music will share the stage with the v-neck shirts and indie rock riffs of Voxhaul Broadcast. Perhaps the most well-known band playing, Aushua, will bring its passionate rock to Biola before hitting the road for a series of May dates with fellow Orange County rockers Thrice (coincidentally fronted by former Biola undergraduate Dustin Kensrue). Rounding out the lineup is the hip soul of The Union Line, which has been known to channel the spirit of a 1960s protest band in their live performances, and Vespers, a band comprised of Biola students, sophomore Jeremy Pfaff and senior Jared Garcia. This diverse blend of creative effort is most impressive because it’s aimed at supporting a ministry that is thriving practically in Biola’s backyard.

Slightly going against the flow of globally-targeted benefit concerts that spotlight organizations working in Africa and beyond, Olive Crest was selected by SJM specifically for the local nature of its efforts. Olive Crest, which was started in 1973, meets needs that exist less than 20 miles from Biola. The organization’s mission specifically circulates around rescuing women and children from abusive situations and includes adoption and foster care programs as well as homes regulated by Olive Crest that house more than 350 children and teens.

“Social Justice Ministry is usually connected with anything and everything overseas, but we want to show people that injustice happens right here in our communities, and we can reach out and make a difference in people’s lives right here at home,” said senior Carrie Allen, who is organizing the event.

As part of the evening, around 40 teens from local Olive Crest homes will be given a tour of Biola’s campus and a sponsored Chipotle meal before taking in the concert with the rest of Biola’s community.

The event is using entirely student time and talent to succeed, including the hospitality of several students who will give the teens from Olive Crest tours and make them feel welcome. Interspersed with the musical performances, the event will also highlight other ways people can get involved in areas of social justice, including human sex trafficking and AIDS awareness in Africa.

“Anyone can make a difference. Everyone has different strengths and talents, and we can easily utilize these things and do more than just watch,” said Allen.

Rock 4 Justice will begin at 7 p.m. on May 2 in Sutherland Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 entrance fee that will go directly to Olive Crest and extra donations are welcome. Tickets will be on sale throughout the week near the Cafe.