Lampstand: A Celebration of Lights 2005

In 2005, Della Pollock joined with Rev. Troy Harrison at St. Joseph C.M.E. to develop a partnership that would involve UNC students in witness, worship, and collaboration for years to come. Between 2005 and 2008, students became members of the Men’s and Voices of Joy choirs; they repainted the upstairs of the church an awful shade of green; they provided legal advocacy, organized Saturday night pick up runs for the church’s emerging food ministry, and hosted the first May Day Festival—which was immediately declared a tradition and became what we now know as the annual Northside Festival.
Early in the partnership, Rev. Harrison expressed a vision of a “lampstand event,” an event that would involve young members of the St. Joseph C.M.E. congregation and UNC students alike in sharing their gifts. You could say he took his inspiration from Matthew 5: 14-16: 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” It would also be true that he loved to sing, he loved to listen to others sing and show, and he loved seeing the light in all shine brightly. Held in the sanctuary of St. Joseph C.M.E. in the fall of 2007, this was a talent show of sorts, one that included demonstration of fashion design, an impromptu duet, dance, story, lots of generous laughter—and an outdoor street lamp rigged to light up the sanctuary and all who gathered in its radiance.

Items in the Lampstand: A Celebration of Lights 2005 Collection