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USMF: Mass for Shut-Outs

Mass for Shut-Outs is a contemporary performance that explores enduring questions through a critical and comedic lens. Loosely referencing the framework of a Catholic mass, it is a poetic take on Sunday service, with orature, music, and opportunities for audience participation (no pressure!). Written and performed by PEI Poet Laureate Tanya Davis, with musical support from Carlie Howell, Mass for Shut-Outs features verse dressed as prayer, monologue mimicking homily, joyful singalong, and sombre reflection. It is designed for those on the spiritual fringes, who also seek meaning and connection, even while being historically shut out of—or disinterested in—traditional communities of faith, their liturgy, and their institutions. Mass for Shut-Outs is a shout out to anyone grappling with the complexity of faith, the inconsistency of awe, and the politics of organized religion. It is for atheists seeking connection, agnostics asking questions, and believers kindly curious about other people’s gods.


Historic St Mary’s
1374 Hamilton Rd
Kensington, PE C0B 1M0 Canada
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