Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…
Portland Threshold Choir, presenting “Singing at the Threshold: Reclaiming Voice and Presence at the Edges of Living and Dying” & “Song Baths”
Have you ever felt alone in times of loss or change? Ever wanted a way to acknowledge a time of growth or celebration? Have you ever wanted to support a loved one who is struggling? Portland Threshold Choir will give an overview of the practice of singing at life thresholds. We will offer song to participants and we’ll invite participants to sing with us. We’ll have time for questions, answers, experiential exploration and discussion about what it is to reclaim the ancient art of singing for ourselves and each other in times of transition. No singing experience required.
Throughout the day members of the Threshold Choir will also offer song baths. This is their invitation: All of us experience threshold-crossings in the course of our lives, in various ways: losses, growth, sickness, transition, struggle, births, changes big and small, completion of chapters in our lives, new journeys. Take some time for self-care. Come receive a song bath, a personal offering of songs chosen just for you, from Portland Threshold Choir’s singers.
Portland Threshold Choir honors the ancient tradition of singing with those who are crossing life’s thresholds: birth, death, sickness, struggle, change and celebration. Songs are chosen to respond to the musical tastes, spiritual traditions, and needs of those we serve. Our songs carry messages of love, strength, comfort, healing, peace and joy. When invited, we sing in small groups of two or three in private homes, care facilities and hospitals. We sing in larger groups at contemplative events. Through song, we offer presence, care, support— companionship on the path. We have offered service in Portland for the last five years.