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Ode to Joy: Why Your Attitude Matters
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The Gospel of Sister Alice

An entry in the Encyclopedia Brittanica describes gospel music as a form of black American music derived from church worship services and from spiritual singing. The immediate impetus of gospel seems to have been the rise of Pentecostal churches at the end of the 19th century. Pentecostal shouting is related to speaking in tongues and to circle dances of African origin. Among the most prominent of early gospel practitioners was the Reverend Charles Albert Tindley, composer of "I'll Overcome" which was transformed into the anthem of the civil rights movement as "We Shall Overcome." For a short history of gospel music, check into the Website of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame at www.gmhf.org.

Joy is in the Details

In keeping with her belief that any change we wish to see in the world must first come from our own actions, Sarah Ban Breathnach formed the Simple Abundance Charitable Fund (SACF) in 1995 with $1,250 from profits of the first small print run of her book, Simple Abundance. Since then she has donated $550,000 in support of the fund which is administered by the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. The SACF is a non-profit organization that serves as a bridge group between charitable causes and the public. Administration by the community foundation helps to keep overhead administrative costs to a minimum and maximize the tax effectiveness of private giving.

For more information on the SACF, call +1 (301) 320 1791 or write the fund at:

Simple Abundance Charitable Fund
4935 Crescent St.
Bethesda, MD 20816

Or contact:

Community Foundation for the National Capital Region
1112 16th St., NW
Suite 340
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel: +1 (202) 955 5890

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Sarah Ban Breathnach
Sister Alice Williams
Stella Resnick, Ph.D.

Help YourSelf
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