Ann Ree Colton Foundation of Niscience, Inc.

Founded by Ann Ree Colton and Jonathan Murro

45th Humanities Music Festival

Saturday, May 14, 2016

in Agape Hall

Thinking of the evening’s program, I was wondering about what my opening words should be, and I was praying about it. And so I am alert and watching for a guidance. Then Orman is in the office working with a potential program for the evening and he is using Jonathan’s beautiful dove mosaic and that seemed perfect. A dove, after all, is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Pentecost is sometimes depicted with an etheric dove over the heads of the disciples, and the scriptures describe Jesus’ baptism saying, And, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. –St. Matthew 3:16
Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. –Jesus A dove is also a messenger, a peace bringer, a symbol of harmlessness, purity, and sacrifice. It is a symbol of a disciple. And so Jesus’ disciples went forth as messengers of God. In southern California we are all familiar with the mourning doves whose melancholy coo gave the dove its name. The dove’s coo is a reminder of the suffering in the world, and a reminder that we should all orient our lives in some way to help lift the burden of suffering from others. Jesus told His Disciples that He would send a Comforter (the Holy Spirit) as symbolized by the dove. The Comforter brings the message to assuage the grief of hardship, to show humanity a way out of suffering.
Niscience is a non-profit religious and educational foundation dedicated to the blending of religion philosophy, science, and the creative arts. It is our belief that creativity and artistic expression are a natural overflow of the spiritual life. At the Humanities Music Festival Niscience presented three beautiful new songs: “’In the So on Humanities Night we pray and dedicate that the song that lives in every heart may come forth. This is what we are born and created to do – not to be bringers of dysfunction, but bearers of God and of the Holy Spirit, creators in God, messengers of the Gospel, singers of the soul, exemplars of peace as exemplified by the dove.
Beginning,’” by Orman Askin, “’Abide in Me’” by Daril Bohland, and “Father, I Am Seeking You” by Mahli Comfort. The chamber music quartet presented Maurice Ravel’s String Quartet in F major performed by: Larry Sonderling on violin, Heide Li on violin, Anja Sonderling on viola, and Daril Bohland on cello. Interestingly, this particular work of Ravel’s was extremely controversial at the time of its first presentation. We found it so compelling with its intensity, rich chords and harmonies, unusual sounds and transitions. It is a reminder and a testimony to the ongoing transitions in all forms of creation through the Increase of God. Thank


What a wonderful music experience we all had.  Our Humanities Music Festival continues to become more refined and attuned to the divine harmony within God's plan.  Our spirits soared with the musical offerings of so many dedicated ones.  Our Niscience Choir along with the Morning Star Baptist Church choir presented a most holy and unique sound for God. The String Quartet/Quintet with its musical selections from Ravel and Dvorak were outstanding.  The entire event was memorable and very healing for everyone who attended.  The agape table held a plethora of goodies – the chocolate covered fruit is always a special treat!   Thanks to all who contributed with their hearts’ love and dedication to creating such a sacred and joy-filled night.

In the second half the quartet became a quintet adding another viola played by Carol Sandstrom to perform Antonin Dvorak’s String Quintet in E-flat major. Our gratitude to God for our Founders, and for Jonathan Murro whose foresight established the Humanities Music Festival. –Enys Miller God that creation advances and opens new vistas correlating to the opening vistas of soul experience.
Wherever energy and movement are present in God’s Holy Universe, there is music. –Jonathan Murro