Over a year has gone by since Terrie Harman, a prominent member of the Seacoast music community, was abruptly terminated from her job as Music Director of South Church.
Terrie's termination came after her attempts to obtain an investigation into the harassment she was subjected to by the interim minister. Surprisingly, South Church, which is known for promoting social justice and fairness, refused to investigate these charges and, over time, its leadership added more harassments on top of the original one.
Last year the American Guild of Organists -- following a thorough investigation in which the church participated -- came out with a finding of "wrongful termination". Yet, still, the church leadership will not negotiate a settlement to bring this matter to a close.
Because of the refusal of South Church to negotiate a settlement, the American Guild of Organists has banned its members and supporters from performing or working at South Church deeming it "unsafe" for musicians.
We urge you to read the fact sheet (click here) and to sign this petition and send it to South Church. We are aiming to collect signatures from both musicians and people in all walks of life who would like to see this tragic injustice ended along with the musician's ban.
Roger Rudenstein, Composer and member of South Church