Date(s) - 12/06/2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Free Event
- Deep Listening
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This is the December gathering of the All Ears Interfaith Sangha, where we join to perform sound meditations and connecting with one another, ourselves, and with Spirit through creation and awareness of sound. We hope to cultivate a spiritual community of musicians—with the understanding that anyone can be a musician, regardless of training, background, and profession, if they choose to interact with sound in critical and creative ways. Rather than attempting to create a space that is strictly neutral with respect to faith/nonfaith beliefs and traditions, we intend to celebrate any faith/secular traditions that are meaningful to participants, with an emphasis on healing, meditation, self-exploration and community-building. We strive to elevate traditions and voices that are marginalized in our unjust society, and do our best to challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism and European secular/Christian cultural dominance, while acknowledging these as the context that surrounds our community and has shaped traditions and institutions of faith themselves, and believing that Spirit can transform us in spite of the presence of unjust forces.
Each month, we will gather to perform Sonic Meditations of Pauline Oliveros, and guest artists will lead us into new sonic and meditative experiences. Afterwards, we will gather for a community conversation (usually a meal, but there’s no need to bring food when we meet virtually), with space for both formal and informal conversation to discuss the experience of listening, and connect with fellow Sangha participants.
This month’s guest artist KJ Song (they/them) As the queer queen of a cappella eco-Gospel, it’s clear KJ is here to pray. An avid song-catcher and ceremonial theater creatrix, they are committed to singing in an interconnected culture rooted in joy and justice.
Regarded internationally as The Voice Doula, KJ supports facilitators, public speakers and musicians embody their voices and empower their audiences through sacred vocal work.
They proudly serve as Co-Artistic Director of Thrive Choir, a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers who join together in big harmony. They are also a member of the City of Refuge UCC Praise Ensemble, a radically inclusive ministry of restoration based in Oakland, California.
You are a living prayer.
They say singing is praying twice
What if you doubled your capacity
doubled your wonder
doubled your praise
And allowed the song inside of you be born?
It’s easier than you think.
What if you received a deep breath, trusted yourself and set it free?