Salem, Massachusetts- An unique gathering of diverse faiths and
musicians will take place on Sunday afternoon, June 4 from Noon to 6
PM at Tabernacle Congregational Church, 50 Washington Street. A
committed group of volunteers has been working on producing the first
annual Multi-Faith Festival - where all faiths will come and gather to
celebrate religious freedom. The goal is to stand up for everyone’s
right to worship God in the way they see fit- be it Muslim, Jewish,
Christian, Buddhist, Hindu or anyone else.
One of the organizers, Mike Boudo, said “More than a dozen houses of
worship will have booths to talk and explain how they worship.
Musicians will play an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, Middle Eastern,
chamber music, and Sacred Harp singing. Even if you’re not too
faithful, you’ll want to enjoy the musical line-up, and make new
Kids activities, a bouncy house, and food trucks will be part of it.
And at 3 PM, the most important element the whole event- everyone will
gather in their congregations and pray in their own way- giving thanks
and praise for religious freedom.
“We celebrate all things except our many faiths. It is time we start
to do so,” said Fawaz Abusharkh from the Islamic Society of the North
Shore in Lynn. “The goal is to learn , understand and educate each
other. People are curious by nature so this event will be a success."
The Salem Catholic Collaborative, the Alpha group, Temple B’Nai
Abraham, St. Peter’s Episcopal church, St. Nicholas American Orthodox
Church and many faiths are participating.
You don’t need a ticket to attend the Multi-Faith Festival, but the
organizers are asking for donations through Go Fund Me. “Our
corporate Sponsors- Cabot Wealth Management and 104.9 FM North Shore
have been terrific. A program like this could easily fetch $30-$50 a
ticket, but some festival-goers can’t pay that price. So, we are
asking people who are able, to help us reach our budget goal through
the website www.gofundme.com/multifaith
All donations are tax deductible,” said Boudo.
The musical line-up is outstanding. There will be an opportunity at 1
PM on June 4 for everyone to try their hand singing in the same style
of the American revolutionaries with a Sacred Harp singing demo.
These songs provided many women and men of the 1770’s the backbone
needed to found a new country, with religious freedom as its anchor.
And what better way to celebrate that in song!
Boston’s Either/Orchestra will give us an international taste of
blistering jazz, as they feature the Armenian stylings of Nerses
Nalbandian. New England folk artist Tim Eriksen will be joined by
fiddler Zoe Barrow to enliven the crowd. The Nour Ensemble will kick
things off with a blend of Middle Eastern cultural music. The Paulist
Center Liturgical Dancers will pray with graceful choreography. And
the entire event will be capped by the Kharis Chamber players
performing French Aubade. A concert of French music for piano and
winds featuring musical selections by Debussy, Faure, Milhaud, and
For more information go to: www.multifaithfest.com