“Zero Church” is a collection of 17 non-denominational prayers... a result of work we bagan at Anna Deavere Smith's Institute on the Arts & Civic Dialogue. “The Institute focuses on artistic collaboration & discovery while exploring issues of race, identity, diversity, and community.”
We collected prayers from people of many walks of life and set them to music. Many of the prayers were written by the folks who gave them to us... some are more traditional.
Guests vocalists include Terre and David Roche, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell (from Sweet Honey & The Rock), Joel Bard, Ruben Martinez & Francis Bok.
It's a real treasure! A great gift.
For all those who have been inquiring about the song “Anyway,” which is on “Zero Church”. We have heard from the original author of the words! His name is Kent Keith and he wrote “The Paradoxical Commandments” in 1968 as part of a booklet for student council leaders. Since then the “Commandments” have traveled thoughout the world and taken several different forms. There is in fact a version on the wall of Mother Teresa’s orphanage which is slightly different from his original text...it is called “Anyway”... however, the version which was given to us is yet a third version and Kent Keith doesn't know the exact origin. However it was entitled “The Final Analysis.” I urge anyone who is interested in this song to check out Mr. Keith's website:www.ParadoxicalCommandments.com/origin.html
He is quite eloquent on the subject and it is interesting to note the differences in each text. Also, Mr. Keith has a book coming out in May called “The Paradoxical Commandments” which is a great book and I highly recommend it. We were so happy to have finally found Kent. The story of his “Paradoxical Commandments” is truly fascinating and just one more very magical piece of the puzzle that is “Zero Church.”