An old-fashioned ice cream social will complete the evening.
This year’s theme will be “Americans: Ambassadors of Democracy.” The speaker will be Dr. James H. McDonald, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Southern Utah University.
McDonald is an applied cultural anthropologist with more than 25 years of research experience analyzing rural development, political culture, and security dynamics in Mexico and Guatemala. McDonald has published more than 30 articles, authored “The Applied Anthropology Reader” and served as senior editor of the American Anthropological Association journal, “Culture & Agriculture,” from 1998-2007.
McDonald will speak on “Being American in an Age of Globalization.” He will make the case from his hands-on field experience in Guatemala that a highly diverse and complex world can only be understood through direct engagement, the will to understand multiple perspectives, and the willingness to learn from them. Only then can we, as Americans, effectively collaborate toward positive change in the global community with whom we co-exist interdependently.
The CAIFA choir, led by music director/conductor Adrianne Tawa and accompanied by Clarissa Stocks, will be the musical highlight of the evening. Pieces to be sung include “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin, “America the Beautiful” arranged by Mack Wilberg, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” arranged by Mack Wilberg. “Feel Good” by L. Craig Tyson and Leonard Scott, “What A Wonderful World” by David Weiss and Bob Thiele and “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” by Irving Berlin and Emma Lazarus.
“We have many blessings in our country and after the National Day of Prayer breakfast we were impressed by the efforts of individuals who make significant contributions helping establish freedom and democracy in other countries,” Tawa said.
“Thomas Jefferson wrote on his death bed, ‘I shall not die without a hope that life and liberty are on steady advance,’ she added. “The flames kindled on the 4th of July, 1776 have spread over to much of the globe to be extinguished. We celebrate our own freedom and greatness but that is not enough. We must reach out.”
The CAIFA choir consists of volunteers from area churches. Members of the choir committee are Adrianne Tawa, Alan Hoppes, Sister Yvonne Hatt and Kent Myers. Anyone wishing to join the choir should attend upcoming rehearsals at Christ the King Catholic Church on June 28 and July 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.
CAIFA is made up of volunteers who are members of St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, Christ the King Catholic Church, Westview Christian Center, Trinity Lutheran Church, Parowan United Methodist Church, Community Presbyterian Church, Congregation Shir Bamidbar and many wards of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
CAIFA is best known for the “Joy of Cooking” cookbook containing more than 600 recipes including appetizers, beverages, soups and salads, side dishes, main dishes, breads, desserts, and some just for fun. The monies raised from the cookbook were given to the building fund for the Iron County Care and Share Emergency Shelter.