Gospel convention featuring worship songs and hymns at SUNY Potsdam
Monday, December 4, 2017 - 2:36 pm

POTSDAM -- SUNY Potsdam students will host the college's first-ever Healthy Mind, Body and Soul Gospel Convention this week, featuring worship songs and hymns.

Students in the "Rhetoric of the Black Church" class, which is taught by Associate Professor of English and Communication Dr. John Youngblood, will lead the event on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in the Knowles Hall Multi-Purpose Room.

Throughout the fall semester, students in Dr. Youngblood's course have led weekly church services filled with traditional gospel songs, including call and response songs. For weeks, the students have been learning traditional hymns, as well as traditional and contemporary gospel songs, which they will perform during the convention.

Attendees will be invited to learn and sing along during the convention. Among the works to be performed are "Hold Up the Light," "The Angels in Heaven," "You Don't Know What the Lord Told Me" and "Glory, Glory."

To see videos of the students practicing the songs, visit the "Rhetoric of the Black Church" YouTube channel, at www.youtube.com/channel/UCvYMqFKG9QPJFJVfgt3ZOmA.

All are welcome to attend this event. There is a $3 admission charge, and guests are also invited to bring donations of non-perishable goods.

All cash proceeds will benefit the Potsdam Central School Snack Pack Program, which provides non-perishable snacks for weekends and holidays to eligible K-12 students in the district, to ensure that no children go hungry when school isn't in session.

All canned and boxed food items will be contributed to the SUNY Potsdam food pantry, which is run by the Department of Community Health, and is open for students and those in the campus community dealing with food insecurity.