Christianity without Dogma

Manuel AndradeManny Andrade presents
“Christianity without Dogma”
Kris Kines, Worship Leader
Gary Smart, Accompanist
Macus Dickman, Guest Musician, Euphonium, along with Gary Smart on Piano

Let’s re imagine, Christianity. We know that compassion and a conscious awareness of self and others are at the core of the world’s great religions. However, dogmas may become outdated, misguided, or placed out of cultural context. When that happens we experience loss and confusion or worse. Based on the work of Jack Bergstrom, “Christianity Without Dogma,” we will explore how deconstructing Christianity may be the way to re imagine faith and compassion and bring an integral perspective to this millennial movement.

About Our Speaker:

Manny Andrade is a lover and explorer of Spirituality. He is a life-professed Franciscan. He completed seminary studies in 2000. In 2003 he received ordination in an independent catholic, (small c) church.  Manny is a social worker serving communities living with HIV since 1989. He married Rusty Turner in 2016.  Manny is an Honoree of 2023’s Jacksonville Rainbow Awards for Service to the LGBT and HIV Communities. 

About Our Guest Musician:

Dr. Marc Dickman is a founding member of the acclaimed Jazz Studies Program at the University of North Florida. His versatility on euphonium, trombone, bass-trombone, and tuba in the classical and jazz styles places him in much demand in the United States. Dr. Dickman also has performed in Japan, Finland, Hungary, Paraguay, Uruguay, Canada, Honduras, and Columbia.

He is a founding member of the groundbreaking jazz ensemble, the Modern Jazz Tuba Project. His CD, “A Weaver of Dreams,” is the first jazz euphonium recording to be available through popular services such as iTunes and Real Networks. At UNF he teaches applied low brass and jazz ensemble. His students have won awards in both the jazz and classical areas. 

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