CST Post-Doc & Process Theologian holds benefit concert for Center for Process Studies
Claremont School of Theology post-doctoral student, Sheri Kling, Ph.D., is performing a benefit concert for the Center for Process Studies (CPS) on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in Mudd Theater on the CST campus.
The event is open to the public and free (with donations encouraged).
The concert, “Let It Unfold: Songs and Stories from a Life in Process,” is a way for Kling – who recently completed her doctorate in religion/theology and process studies – to give back to CPS before she moves to Tennessee in June to begin working at The University of the South.
“The music I’ve written throughout my life has always reflected themes of wholeness, authenticity, and passionate living,” explained Kling. “Since coming to CST, where I’ve been working on integrating process theology with dream work as a spiritual practice for transformation, I’ve come to write contemporary hymns. My hope is that these hymns – as well as my other music and stories – will speak to people who want to understand God and their spiritual lives in ways that connect us to each other and to the cosmos through value, beauty, compassion, and creativity.”
According to family lore, Kling started whistling before she could talk. Singing followed closely behind. And from the moment she finished her first guitar lesson at age nine, she was hooked. Or, as she puts it in her song, “I Heard Colors” – “I was clumsy and I was young, but I sang from my toes. I’d go home tired but happy, serenading the sidewalks.”
Today, Kling is an accomplished singer/songwriter, guitarist, storyteller and author who weaves together powerful music and vivid stories to inspire people to find the stories at the center of their own lives. Visit her website at: http://www.sherikling.com/ and read her blog, here.
Prior to pursuing graduate theological education, Kling released three music CDs to high critical praise, wrote a regular column for The Northeast Georgian newspaper, and provided commentaries for Georgia Public Broadcasting. While at CST, Kling wrote several hymns featuring process and ecofeminist theology. Today, her reach has extended far beyond the sidewalks of her youth and now opens a path to people everywhere who seek journeys of the heart.
More on Kling’s Background
Kling is described as a “natural Southern gal storyteller in the Lucinda Williams/Flannery O’Connor vein.” Regarding her first solo CD Let It Unfold, Indie-Music.com said, “It’s impossible to feel anything but good while listening to Sheri Kling’s new release.” FolkWax.com found the album “transcendently well done.” Bradenton (FL) Herald wrote, “Kling’s voice – a clear, strong instrument of beauty – brims with the kind of lived-in experience that immediately makes one lean forward and feel a connection.”
In 2005, Kling released two more CDs: the all-original Heartland and Passions & Prodigals, a guitar- and voice-only collection of hymns, traditionals, covers, and originals. About Heartland, Southeast Performer wrote “here we find Sheri Kling at her best, performing songs of joy, hope, pain, loss, and celebration…This is a vast mix of songs of the South, a vibrant tapestry of musical material that touches on all the bases of relationships, new loves, and old loves never to be forgotten.”
Kling has performed at such acclaimed venues as Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, Atlanta’s Eddie’s Attic and Variety Playhouse, Wisconsin’s Cafe Carpe, Indiana’s Front Porch Music, and the Manatee Riverfront Theatre in Bradenton, Florida. She’s appeared on television with gospel singer Babbie Mason (host of “Babbie’s House”) and on “RadioLive” from WUWF. Kling shared the stage with accomplished artists such as Indigo Girls, Carrie Newcomer, Pierce Pettis, and Shawn Mullins. Formerly a Georgia State Touring Artist, Kling performed in the premier production of “Headwaters: Stories from a Goodly Portion of Beautiful Northeast Georgia,” and led a songwriting workshop at the Sandhills Literary Conference at Augusta State University.