When the steel industry abandoned Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, the city's churches united under the banner TrueCity to help revitalize a dying community. Four worship leaders from separate churches at the forefront of this movement, Elias Dummer (lead vocals, keys), Eric Fusilier (bass), Josh Vanderlaan (drums) and Aaron Powell (guitars), joined forces to become The City Harmonic, a reflection of Jeremiah 29:7's command to "seek the peace of the city." This raucous, award-winning band has since seen the power of unity first-hand in Hamilton and internationally.
Launching their "Manifesto" anthem in 2010 that quickly became a rallying cry for believers around the world, the band is now leading a new charge, using recorded music, community events, a documentary and the internet's global reach to bring unity to a divided world beginning with the Church.
"Do you want less division and more unity?" asks The City Harmonic members as they invite the Church to participate in a worldwide unity movement. "There is good news: we are one in Christ! And we, the Church, have a job to do as His body. We truly believe--and have seen first-hand--that communities can change for good as we work together in unity like a family. It's a small step with an enormous impact. It starts with us."
Giving more than "lip service" to this dream, The City Harmonic is providing resources to churches,
beginning with the creation of a documentary that details the story of the unity movement in their hometown. The piece includes interviews with local church and city leaders about the process and model they followed while also sharing the amazing transformations that occurred amidst a unified Christian response. The documentary is available for viewing at www.WeAreTheCityHarmonic.com where visitors can also share their own unity stories to encourage one another.
In addition, the band hits the road this fall for "We Are" events that bring together local churches for a time of worship, prayer and fellowship as the band encourages cities to unite to serve their communities. These events include "We Are Gulf Shores" (AL), "We Are Jackson" (MS), "We Are Lodi" (CA) and "We Are Las Vegas" (NV), with 18 events currently planned and more being added weekly. (An updated schedule with event details can be found at www.WeAreTheCityHarmonic.com.)
While on the road, The City Harmonic will share songs, including radio single "We Are One," from their new album, WE ARE, which releases September 4 through Integrity Music and is available for pre-order now at iTunes. The band will also be joined at each "We Are" event by their label mate, Travis Ryan, co-writer of the Newsboys' No. 1 hit "We Believe" and worship pastor for LifePoint Church in Smyrna, TN.
"We've seen first-hand how powerful it is when the Church works in unity," says Elias Dummer. "Christ changes us every day and Christ is changing our hometown... if we can somehow inspire the Church around the world to do the same... that's more than we could ever have hoped or imagined."