Guest blogger: Lauren Stonestreet

I am so honored to be working with choreographer (and friend!) Lauren Stonestreet who has been pouring into this concert and into the dancers who are preparing for this Night of Hope and Reconciliation. It is a dream come true for me to have dance for several of the pieces I’ve written being featured at this concert. What Lauren and the dancers have brought to these songs has had me in tears more than once! Lauren is also debuting one of her own songs at this concert, also with dance. I am privileged to be witnessing the ‘yes’ to all the Lord is calling forth from this extremely talented sister in Christ!

- Julie

Lauren Stonestreet and violinist rehearsing
Lauren and violinist, Jon Bannan, rehearsing on stage for the first time.


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Hope and Reconciliation Concert Poster

I am excited to share our concert poster with you! As you can see, there are many artists and musicians involved - so many that I couldn’t fit them all on this poster! There are also many folks working behind the scenes (the stage build-out happened late last night) including my incredible comrade-in-arms and right-hand-man, Matt Bernstein. Please take a moment to read through the fine print and pray for the many artists putting the final touches on their work: painters, choreographers, stage designers, musicians, and stage hands / house managers are all making their final preparations for Saturday night. They are praying, listening, and putting their hand to the task of serving the community with their gifts. I am overjoyed at what I’m seeing as we’ve come together.

Would you join us this Saturday at Christ Community Church for a Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts.

- Julie

Tickets available here: reconcilecville.eventbrite.com

Reconcile Charlottesville concert poster
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Guest blogger: Linnea White

I have been so moved by the heart and story of Linnea White, one of the dancers for our Night of Hope and Reconciliation, who I met earlier this year just as the Lord was doing a huge transformative work in her life … literally from the inside out … as He called her out as a dancer once again. Linnea shares about how she gave herself to the vulnerability of this process of restoration in her life, which included the rebuilding and strengthening of her identity in the Lord as a dancer. Linnea was made to dance! I am incredibly humbled and honored that she will be dancing to one of my pieces at our concert this Saturday. This is a dream come true for me!

- Julie


Dancer.

That’s what He called me. That’s what He named me. That’s how He created me.

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Guest blogger: Willie Randolph

I’m blessed to have guest blogger Willie Randolph share about his heart for unity in the body of Christ, for truly coming together under the banner and name of Jesus as a people to worship Him in Spirit and in truth. I first met Willie when we were part of a team that helped lead a city-wide night of worship here in Charlottesville, VA. where we quickly became friends and discovered a shared vision and desire for unity in the body of Christ. I’m also pleased to announce that Willie will be soloing at our Night of Hope and Reconciliation! Willie is one of the greatest encouragers I know, and I know you will be blessed by his heart as he leads us in song & worship this October 1st!

- Julie


It's been truly a blessing and honor to be a part of the Collective Worship group, and now The City Wide Reconciliation Collaboration. I have always wanted to be a part of something that truly represents one of God’s visions for us as a people: UNITY! "To be unified in our worship, and praise for HIM is an honor!”

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Hope and Reconciliation rehearsals

Rehearsals have been going full force in preparation for our night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts, even Facetiming one of our soloists in for rehearsal from Florida! (Now THAT’S dedication)! I have been so moved by the outpouring of love from one to another during this whole process which gives me great hope for more collaborations in the future. We are experiencing what it means to come under the ‘banner of love’ as a community and as a people as we join together in worship and share our gifts through the arts. We are also experiencing the joy of the Lord as we go low in humility to serve one another.

We would love to have you join us! Tickets available at reconcilecville.eventbrite.com

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Guest blogger: Kaitlin Jungles

I’m excited to have guest blogger, local artist, (and friend!) Kaitlin Jungles share about how God has been reshaping and restoring her identity as an artist as she has been painting this year. Kaitlin and I met at a local studio & co-working space here in Charlottesville where I’ve been writing and preparing for A Night of Hope & Reconciliation. We quickly discovered our shared passion for how the arts can bring healing and restoration to a community. I am thrilled to have Kaitlin as a contributing artist for our Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts!

- Julie


The first time I heard about A Night of Hope and Reconciliation, I was so excited because I knew it had the power to really impact the community. When Julie Bernstein asked me to contribute some of my artwork to this event, I was beyond thrilled. Read More...
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Small Group Rehearsals Have Begun!

Rehearsals begin for Hope & Reconciliation Event
We have begun the many small group rehearsals needed for our singers and musicians to prepare for this Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City. Through the Arts this October 1st, 7pm (with Art Opening beginning at 6pm). Here is a pic from one of our small group rehearsals. You would not believe the humility and camaraderie among these groups of community-minded artists and musicians as they have come together to give of themselves for something greater than themselves! We are touching on everything from out-of-print spirituals to the likes of Duruflé, as well as pieces written by folks in our community. These songs and this project have not only served as catalysts to facilitate collaboration across the disciplines and genres of the arts (including dance, visual arts, and spoken word), they have already facilitated new relationships and new ways of working together outside of our traditional and ‘comfortable’ boundaries. And do you know what? Our times together have been infused with JOY!

Please continue to pray into this event and into these relationships: that we would discover more and more the joys that go hand in hand with going low in humility to serve one another in our preparations & collaborations. That we would ‘abound in love,’ and that the Lord would “make our love increase and overflow for each other … and strengthen our hearts.” (1 Thes. 3-12).

We do hope that you will join us for this Night of Hope & Reconciliation: For the City. Through the Arts. October 1st, at Christ Community Church, Charlottesville, VA., 7pm (Art Opening and light refreshments at 6pm) Ticket info and availability here.

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On A Classical Note

On a classical note, all are invited to an autumn recital with Julie Bernstein (piano), Cari Shipp Kramer (flute), and Julianna Marin (soprano) this Friday at Christ Community Church, Charlottesville, VA featuring the music of Bach, Schubert, Dutilleux, Corigliano, Heggie, and more. This music explores and expounds upon familiar transitions in life: season to season, youth to age, anger to hope, and even life to death. Join the Facebook event page, share with friends, and join the conversation at #AsTheSpringSleeps.

Julie Bernstein autumn recital
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