Patti brings her Artist in Residence weekend to congregations and communities alike, pulling the curtain on the myth that addiction and alcoholism can’t happen to a Cantor. Her Sermon in Song, “The Spirituality of Recovery”, is presented on Shabbat evening in partnership with the Clergy from the host community. Shabbat morning marries our Torah portion of the week and it’s themes with her essay “God’s Perfect Child” in the acclaimed anthology, SHADES OF BLUE, which focuses on issues of mental health, addiction, alcoholism, self-esteem, and recovery.
Sunday morning is spent with Patti participating on a panel for adults/parents with other respected members of the Mental Health community regarding issues of their child’s mental health and the issues which challenge kids today, ranging from bullying, self-esteem, finding their voice and dealing with social media and peer pressure. On Sunday afternoon, Patti works with the teens and their Youth Group Advisor/Educator talking with them about her double life as an alcoholic/addict and Cantor. There is an anonymous Q&A, as the teens ask Patti questions they write on cards. No topic is off limits. Patti’s intention is to provide the message that the Clergy and congregation are a safe place for them to go if they need support in any way. It is a brutally honest exchange in which trust is paramount, solution is the goal, and most importantly, there is no shame in being human.