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Gospel Explosion hits campus: Students pay tribute to religion through different expressions of song and dance

February 20, 2015

Drew Lipinski / The Courier

Monmouth College students will come together to express their religion through song and dance at the Gospel Explosion on Saturday at 7 p.m.

This year’s Gospel Explosion will include a variety of acts from Monmouth College’s Colorful Voices of Praise, Praise Dance, Mime Performers and 1-Akord Gospel Choir from United Fellowship Ministries in Peoria.

President of Colorful Voices of Praise, senior Monet Marzette is excited for the performance and to hopefully see the Gospel Explosion grow once again.

“(This event) just started off by us inviting one of the members’ choir that she was a part of in Peoria, and we had a celebration where they sang and we sang… and then last year, I think we had like four or five choirs,” said Marzette.

The event wasn’t always known as the Gospel Explosion. “I believe we changed the name of it last year… I wanted to change the name because I wanted it to be bigger… cause it is something big and something important,” said Marzette.

This year, the group has decided to cut down on the number of choirs present to include other forms of praise like dancing and miming.

“Mime is another way of praise dancing – like a discreet way of praising God,” said junior Colorful Voices of Praise member Dorian Jones. “We have on the white gloves and the makeup, and it’s more stiff movements than praise dancing, which is flowier.”

Both Marzette and Jones see the event as a unique experience for Monmouth College students to see religion in a different light.

“We are a Christian organization, but we accept any and all religions in our organization,” said Marzette. “(The Gospel Explosion) is just a way for kids who come from a Christian or religious background to have an outlet for them whether they’re singing, dancing or in the audience watching.”

“It allows the students to come together as one… just being able to put aside our stress and worries for that night and just praising God,” said Jones.

The event is free to the public in Dahl Chapel, though the group will be accepting donations.

Marzette highlights the importance of this event on campus. “I think it’s important because it’s another way to bring diversity to campus… For a lot of the members, our practices and putting on these shows is a church away from home.”

Mackenzie Mahler
Courier Features Editor

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