Our mission is to be responsive community leaders centered on learning, educating
and facilitating the practices
and principles of non-violence in our world. We encourage the empowerment of an
active citizenry and support a United States Department of Peace, a Youth Promise Act and violence prevention.
Brother Al and Steve Klaper Perform A Concert for Peace.
monk and a Jewish troubadour team up to provide a musically uplifting evening
of song and story for all ages at 7 pm, Tuesday, November 12th at
Unity of Livonia.
Mascia is a minstrel who performs old melodies as well as his original story
songs that touch people’s hearts. He is a well-known figure in the Metro
Detroit area because of his Bicycle Cart that served the hungry and homeless in
downtown Detroit for many years.
has been a professional musician for over thirty years. He shares teachings from a variety of
traditions as he performs inspirational and melodic songs.
they perform concerts that entertain as well as give hope that we can all get
along and create a peaceful, inclusive and loving community.
of peace and hope motivated Brother Al and Steve Klaper, along with artist Mary
Gilhuly, to form the Song and Spirit Institute in Berkley. The Song and Spirit
Institute promotes peace at a grassroots level through the arts, music, study,
organic gardening and compassionate acts of community service.
Al has expanded his work to the entire tri-county area. He traded his Bicycle
Cart for a Care’avan that delivers over 800 SnackPax meals to children in need
every day. The Care’avan is used as a bookmobile, distributing books to
students of all ages, and ice cream to urban summer day camps, head-start programs
and various community centers. Along
with many volunteers, Brother Al helps those in need, including seniors, and
adults with developmental disabilities.
Brother Al will receive the 2013 Compassionate
Citizen Award from the Citizens for Peace. The public is invited to enjoy A Concert
for Peace, a piece of anniversary cake, and donate to the great work of the
Song and Spirit Institute. Unity of Livonia is located at 28660 Five Mile Road. Come celebrate our 10 years of working for a more peaceful world. Bring your friends! For more information, call Colleen at 734-425-0079.