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PhillipsFest Benefit Concert Exceeds Goals

Geoff Brewster and Erin Christy on the PhillipsFest stage.The first-ever PhillipsFest benefit concert for Phillips Theological Seminary was a resounding success, according to Geoff Brewster, senior director of stewardship.

“We exceeded every goal we set for this event,” Brewster said. “The level of support we received from our longtime friends and new friends is so gratifying.”

The benefit, PhillipsFest: A Concert of Justice and Hope, arose from a desire to create a space where persons of multiple generations, committed to faith and social justice, could have a great time while being re-energized for this work in the world.

The generous contributions to PhillipsFest will benefit the educational work of the seminary. In Tulsa and far beyond, the Phillips Theological Seminary advocates a way of being faithful that cultivates vital communities, vital conversations, and the public good.

Early in the event, the crowd cheered and affirmed a video presentation of three Phillips community partners who talked about the importance of the seminary in northeast Oklahoma.

“If God’s voice was ever silent in Tulsa, we would know it was because Phillips Theological Seminary was no longer here,” said Toby Jenkins with the Oklahoma Equality Center.

Eric HimanEmcee Erin Christy introduced the audience to each of the performers.

Tulsa-area singer-songwriter Eric Himan started off the music for the evening, recognizing the need for people committed to justice to come together.

Trey Pearson, with Everyday Sunday, performed several fan favorites, with some lyrics adapted to reflect his recent decision to come out as gay. That decision caused Pearson, a top Christian rock artist, to be removed as a regular on the Christian music circuit.

The headline act, The Indigo Girls, started their set with a tribute to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. The completed their performance with their top hit, “Closer to Fine,” inviting other artists to the stage, including Danielle Howle who energized the crowd just before the Indigo Girls’ set.

Plans are already underway for the 2017 PhillipsFest.

(Photos courtesy of Adam Forgash adamforgash.com.)

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