Mother's Word

About the Work

Thank you for contributing to Mother's Word. To show our appreciation, we have the following opportunities available:

$25 Donation: Have your name listed in the program as a supporter of the artists
$50 Donation: The above plus a copy of the Mother’s Word libretto signed by the entire creative team
$75 Donation: The above plus priority seating
$100 Donation: The above plus a CD (or audio download) of the live performance
$250 Donation: The above plus a commemorative DVD of the live performance
$500 Donation: The above plus have one of the songs from Mother's Word dedicated to you in the published score
$1,000 Donation: The above plus Marian and Christina will write you your own personal song!


In May of 2019, we premiered Mother’s Word, a song cycle for soprano, actor, and pianist that explored transformative moments in the lives of mothers from the Bible. With lyrics by Marian Partee Lamb and music by Christina Whitten Thomas, the work included seven songs and two monologues, bringing a new dimension to women whose stories were recorded by the male authors of scripture.

For the event, we partnered with Elizabeth House, a non-profit organization in Pasadena that provides shelter and services for pregnant women experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and other sources of trauma. We received a freewill offering for the organization and invited staff members from Elizabeth House to speak to the audience about their work.
The women involved with the creation of Mother’s Word, all professional artists in the Los Angeles area, felt this project could expand to include several more untold stories of these biblical women, as well as continue to support organizations dedicated to helping women in need of parenting support.
To that end, we have expanded Mother’s Word to include 17 characters from scripture, performed by three singers, an actor, and a pianist. The stories capture pain, grief, and frustration, but also humor, courage, and fierce love. The setbacks and successes of these imperfect women give hope to those struggling through the messy yet meaningful work of motherhood.

 Why We Need Your Help
Mother’s Word is being produced and performed by an independent team of Los Angeles-based professional artists who desire to create a new, impactful work. Our GoFundMe Campaign will allow us to pay our artists for their work and to ensure that we can produce a show of the highest quality. 

We are honored to have our performing team include soprano Rebecca Sjöwall, mezzo-soprano Alicia Emerson, alto Diane Wallace, actor Frances Hale, and pianist Lisa Edwards.

Premiere Details
The premiere of the expanded Mother's Word will be at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on September 23 at 7pm and September 24 at 2pm. A pre-concert discussion with the writers will occur 30 minutes prior to each performance. Admission is free and childcare will be provided. A free-will offering at each performance will benefit the La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Ed Founders’ Scholarship Fund. The LCPC Parent Education Program reaches over 700 parents each year to provide vital child-rearing education to those in the greater Los Angeles area.

The performance on September 24 will be lived-streamed, so if you are out of town, you will be able to watch Mother's Word.

Image: Breathe With Me by Katie m. Berggren
  • Emily Phifer 
    • $30 
    • 3 d
  • Suzanne Rovani 
    • $100 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 4 d
  • Cathi Zimmerman 
    • $50 
    • 4 d
  • Aiko Fukushima 
    • $50 
    • 7 d
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Fundraising team (5)

Christina Whitten Thomas 
Raised $605 from 11 donations
Claremont, CA
Marian Partee Lamb 
Team member
Raised $855 from 8 donations
Frances Hale 
Team member
Raised $360 from 4 donations
Alicia Emerson 
Team member
Raised $305 from 6 donations
Rebecca Sjöwall 
Team member
Raised $265 from 5 donations