LOWELL -- On Thursday, Nov. 29, Rev. Steve Edington will give a presentation called "Bring Your Own God: The Spirituality of Woody Guthrie" at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell. The event, which is also the subject of Edington's book of the same name, is part of the Moses Greeley Parker Lecture Series and is in celebration of the 100th birthday of Woody Guthrie, who was born July 14, 1912.
Edington's book follows the spiritual roots of Woody Guthrie's life, as well as how this spirituality manifested itself in his music. A music trio consisting of Kathy Grossman, Dan Murphy and Harry Purkhiser will join Edington on stage to play some of the Guthrie songs he references in his talk.
"He was quite taken with the person of Jesus, and saw him has an original working class hero," said Edington, "but he also went well beyond Christianity in forming his overall religious perspective. One of the songs from the trio that is accompanying my presentation will be Woody Guthrie's 'Jesus Christ,' which he set to the tune of 'The Ballad of Jesse James.' "
The event starts at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.pollardml.org.