posted September, 2014
One of our CFUM, Inc. legacy bearers is a remarkable arts ministry called STAGING A MIRACLE. “SAM" is the soul justice and social justice ministry conceived and offered byFirst United Methodist Church, Sacramento, CA (FUMC).
In June 2007, the Senior Minister and the new Director of Children's Ministry of FUMC were keen participants in our “City of God" conference. They were inspired by a pilgrimage to the stunning Sitar Center, an innovative children's center for the arts in the under-served Adams-Morgan neighborhood of D.C. Their creative juices and hearts were “strangely warmed". A brilliant dream was born for Staging a Miracle!
SAM targets low income children in the midtown and beyond of Sacramento. Initially, it provided a unique five-week summer theater program for children, culminating in free city-wide, packed out performances on an elevated stage built in the church courtyard. They also hosted an encore performance after worship services on the last Sunday of SAM.
SAM has now grown into a fabulous year-round program with leadership and coaching by respected artists from the Sacramento fine-arts community. Hundreds of Sacramento families have been transformed. CFUM, Inc. is inspired to be “partners" with SAM in Sacramento. It is mutual inspiration. Readers, visit their website for your inspiration!