Friday’s “Love Beyond Borders” concert will welcome refugees to Ithaca

A “Love Beyond Borders” concert Friday evening in Downtown Ithaca will support the “Ithaca Welcomes Refugees” initiative with performances by several well-known musicians and musical groups.

Ithaca's First Baptist Church. Image provided.

Ithaca’s First Baptist Church. Image provided.

The 7pm concert on May 13th at the First Baptist Church, on DeWitt Park near the corner of Cayuga Street and Court Street, will feature performances by Mark A.B. Lawrence, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, Burns & Kristy, Opera Ithaca, Savage Club Chorus, the First Baptist Church Choir, and others.

According to Mark Lawrence, one of the event’s organizers, the benefit concert is to “show concern for international refugees, encourage the efforts of the Ithaca Welcomes Refugees group in preparing for and welcoming refugees to the Ithaca area, and support the local ministries of the First Baptist Church.” Lawrence is a classically trained tenor and Ithaca College graduate, well known for operatic and musical theatre performance in town.

Ithaca Welcomes Refugees is an initiative aimed at “fostering a welcoming and fair environment for refugees who come to our region,” including resource gathering, fundraising, resettlement assistance, and education and awareness efforts.

The First Baptist Church of Ithaca “strives to support the spiritual life of individuals and families in its worship services and other aspects of church life.”

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