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Winter concert expressed goodwill to everyone

By Julie Fiske | Jan 11, 2018

To the editor:

I felt compelled to write in response to a recent letter-to-the-editor in the Jan. 4, 2018, edition of The Ledger.

In that letter, many complex ideas were presented, which would take hours, days, weeks, even years to plumb their depths and implications. So I will not endeavor to do that at this time. I only want to respond to one comment that was made - the comment that “All is not calm in this nation when Silent Night is no longer allowed to be a part of this nation’s public school Christmas programs that are now called ‘winter concerts.’”

I would simply like to say that I was in attendance at the Fairfield High School’s winter concert which was held on Dec. 18. The vocal portion of the concert opened with the hymn “Arise, Your Light has Come” which is an arrangement of the Christian hymn “Wake, Awake for Night is Flying.” And it closed with the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

There are a myriad of reasons to have concerns for the future, as there have been in every generation throughout history. But it is not helpful to suggest reasons for fear that are not accurate. Our high school’s winter concert was one of goodwill towards all, which is a hallmark of the Christian faith, heralded by the angels on that night in Bethlehem.

 

– Julie Fiske, Fairfield

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