an interview with Lex Dunbar (they/them)

an interview with Lex Dunbar (they/them)

share your spiritual biography in 10 words, or less: Black Queer Spiritualist raised in Black Pentecostal and Missionary Baptist churches. where are you turning for soul nourishment / joy / aliveness? My community - intimate conversations and a lot of play. what is a text you hold sacred? All About Love - by bell hooks what is a spiritual practice currently sustaining you? Vulnerability - when I show up vulnerable it makes room for others to do the same. Lives are changed when we can be vulnerable and open. how would you describe the work you feel called to do in this world (even if it is...

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healing wisdom and flower kissing

healing wisdom and flower kissing

By Anna Blaedel I believe in mystery. I believe in magic. I believe in miracles.* I believe in intuition. I believe Spirit seeks connection, through stars and trees and soil and flesh and beauty blooming and every movement of freedom and mobilization toward liberation. I believe divinity is moments of felt connection, resonances that spark and open into Wisdom. For a few years, I’ve been keeping a list of words my phone auto-miscorrents, that spark some strange wonder, or amusement. I love how these slips invite me to trace and imagine interconnections I might otherwise miss. Between, for...

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an interview with Camille Hernandez (she/they/siya)

an interview with Camille Hernandez (she/they/siya)

share your spiritual biography in 10 words, or less: chiiiile, it's mess. but it's my mess. where are you turning for soul nourishment / joy / aliveness? we are transforming our backyard into a little farm. we have a salsa garden, leafy green tower, strawberries, a three sisters raised garden bed, and my own personal tea garden. my children have an altar they decorate with their prayers, our plant clippings, and findings from family outings. I dry flower blossoms and turn them into tea. We have a tumbling compost bin where I am known to talk endlessly about how composting reminds us that the...

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The song of a new brood

The song of a new brood

By M Jade Kaiser I recently learned through a gorgeous essay by Anisa George — whose wisdom this entire essay merely echoes — that periodical cicadas spend either 13 or 17 years (depending on which species) beneath the soil’s surface. 17 years! Just hanging out in the underground. Not hibernating. Not asleep. But awake and quietly munching on the sap of nearby tree roots. Growing, slowly, defenseless, in the dark. 13 or 17 years underground before emerging for a brief 4 to 6 weeks of above-ground life. What a timeline. When a brood (a collective of cicada kin) do finally set upwards of soil...

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an interview with Tabitha Wiggins (shey/they)

an interview with Tabitha Wiggins (shey/they)

share your spiritual biography in 10 words, or less: grew up in the Black church tradition and now identify as spiritual. where are you turning for soul nourishment / joy / aliveness? music. what is a text you hold sacred? when things fall apart by pema chodron. what is a spiritual practice currently sustaining you? walking to the lake front with my dog, Denver, and seeing the sunrise. how would you describe the work you feel called to do in this world (even if it is not the work you get paid for)? i've been called to create space and place for minoritized folx in higher education. knowing...

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questions worth loving and living

questions worth loving and living

By Anna Blaedel Last week I skipped my (self-imposed) curfew and stayed out way past my (early-by-choice) bedtime to hear a former student play a show with his touring band. It was resplendent, seeing him so vibrantly alive, making and sharing music. He radiated the particular beauty of sharing what ignites your own joy, knowing it sparks joy for others. Years ago, it was this student who taught our spiritual community to begin gatherings by asking, “What are you listening to?” The question still circulates, known and cherished by students who arrived on campus years after this student...

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