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Coming up on Connections: Friday, August 16


First hour: Why go to church in 2019?

Second hour: Previewing the 2019 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival 

Why go to church in 2019? It’s a question we explore with the new senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, Revered Shari Halliday-Quan, and with Revered Lane Campbell, the settled minister at First Universalist Church of Rochester. Halliday-Quan grew up in Los Angeles among a multicultural extended family before moving to New York City, where she met her wife, an opera singer. She and Campbell share their personal journeys to the church and their unique ministries. We also discuss Universal Unitarianism, faith, social justice, and more. In studio:

  • Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, senior minister of First Unitarian Church of Rochester
  • Rev. Lane Campbell, settled minister at First Universalist Church of Rochester

Then in our second hour, we preview the 2019 Rochester Fringe Festival. We'll hear from a variety of new acts and festival organizers about what's on the docket this year. In studio:

  • Erica Fee, producer of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
  • Thomas Warfield, board member for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, chair of the board’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Committee, and performer with “Shoe Stories: 'My Life with 400 Pairs of Shoes'”
  • Hattie Barnhill, director and choreographer for “Create a Space NOW”
  • Emily Brown, creative arts coordinator of dance for “A Moving Experience”
  • Cedric Hurell, dancer for “A Moving Experience”
  • Chaz, performer with "Stand Up for Drag"
  • Fred Beam, cast member with “The Wild Design” by Sunshine 2.0 
  • Frank Polvino, interpreter
  • Matthew Brown, director of the Table Top Opera’s “Within the Quota”
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.