Prophetic Imagination and Social Justice: Reflections in Music and Poetry

An artistic, musical and meditative presentation of poetry with a social conscience and a prophetic edge. Spoken-word inspiration from historic and contemporary poets—both challenging and hopeful—interspersed with song and instrumental music on the violin, cello, piano, and Chinese stringed-instrument “erhu”.

Cathy Clasper-Torch has been playing, teaching and performing music in RI and New England for more than 25 years and collaborates with a wide variety of groups and musicians. She is featured on over two dozen recordings. ( and is the fiddle instructor at the Blackstone River Theatre in Cumberland, RI, where she teaches beginner to advanced group fiddle classes to adults. Cathy is also the Director of the Religious Education program at Central Congregational U.C.C. Church in Providence.

Lee Clasper-Torch holds a Masters of Divinity (M Div) degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, Ca., and taught comparative world religions and philosophy for 25 years at Moses Brown School. He is currently a regular speaker, facilitator and teacher of short-courses and workshops in the World’s Religions, Philosophy, Contemplative Studies and Social Action. He is also the Men’s Engagement Coordinator for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV).