Central Jersey Cello Society-My Motivation

My Motivation for this Project

Since the unimaginable murder of  people who were praying in their church in Charleston, I've been contemplating what I could do to help turn the tide of violence and hatred. In the summer, I had mailed a sympathy card to the people of the church who suffered the violent attack, with the promise that I would try to do more. 

I've been learning about the issues of race, poverty and injustice through Trinity Church's Sacred Conversations on Race and through hearing Bryan Stevenson speak and reading his book, Just Mercy.

My intention now is to bring cellists together, to give a cello recital at Trinity Episcopal Church in Princeton (which is my church). This will be part of a weekend program to reflect on people who are imprisoned, particularly those in solitary confinement and on death row. 

Cellists will donate their time and talent to transform people's hearts through music and to raise money to help two organizations  carry out their life saving and life giving work. 

  Equal Justice Initiative and Centurion Ministries 

Part of this event will be a screening of a powerful speech by Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative , when he spoke in September at Trinity Church Wall St. in New York. 

As part of the cello recital, a wrongfully convicted man who was exonerated through the efforts of Centurion Ministries will explain how a lack of resources affected his ability to defend himself.  

My intention is that Cellists Chime in for Change will bring awareness and hope. 

Suzanne Dicker