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Fall 2021 Dates for Freeing Refrains!

We're excited to get some dates out there to share Freeing Refrains !  Check the below dates against your calendar and then make your re...

Monday, October 18, 2021

Oct 24: Street Justice Singalong @ Open Streets Minnehaha

What:  Street Justice Singalong

When:  Sunday, October 24, 2021, 1-4 p.m.

  • 1-2 p.m. with Liz & Conie
  • 2-3 p.m. Dances of Universal Peace with Adam & Conie
  • 3-4 p.m. with Liz & Conie 

Where:  Minnehaha Ave @ 42nd Street, Minneapolis 
as part Open Streets Minnehaha


Who are our leaders?

Liz Digitale Anderson (she/her) I write songs for community singing. They're songs for the streets, to keep us going in the struggle for justice, songs to remind us another world is possible and carry us through to liberation. I hope you'll find some friends and sing these together.  Hear my songs here:  https://soundcloud.com/lizdigitaleanderson

Adam Wolter (he/him) Adam is a musician, astrologer, and a certified leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. He's an initiate in the Sufi Ruhaniat order, and facilitates monthly (1st Sundays) sacred musical gatherings, and works to build good mystical musical community with the Dances of Universal Peace North America.  



Conie Borchardt (she/they) is a mixed Asian Public Heart Artist, a listener and vibration holding space for truth, pain, and delight while inviting creative expression in sound, movement, and color within themselves and in others.  Learn more about them by checking out this website.

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Oct 28 Freeing Refrains: Open to ALL Folks

All Bodies, Black, Brown, White, and everything in between are welcome to the October 28, 2021 Freeing Refrains gathering.  

Please register here at least an hour before the event starts.  Zoom information will be sent to you.  

See you at the gathering for conversation, stories, and songs!


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Moving to 4th Sundays: Spirit of Peace Public Meditation Practice

Life is a dance that is constantly listening and adjusting to its partners.  

One thing we're paying attention to here at Points Of Light Music is the viability of doing a ongoing public meditation that we call the Spirit of Peace.  If you haven't heard about it before, you can read about it here.  

Making space for this in the middle of the week in the middle of the day has not been easy.  Nor has it drawn folks probably because this timing is hard for many.  So we're gonna try something different...

New time:  4th Sunday of the month, 2 p.m. in the afternoon

Location:  Minnesota State Capitol Grounds, St. Paul

We'll try this for a bit and review.   

In the reflection for this change, we wanted to name why this practice of coming together still feels important.  

  • It allows us an opportunity to reflect on the inherent worth of every person we meet and practice seeing that in each person.  (because if we're honest, it's hard to do that sometimes ... er, a lot of times)
  • Coordinating our breath to sing and our bodies in movement is a practice of settling our bodies together.  In Resmaa Menakem's book My Grandmother's Hands, these actions describe the weaving of time and space that creates trust and a container for feeling safer in our bodies and in spaces to be able to heal past trauma.  We believe healing is slow and incremental, creating huge shifts in tiny movements.  
As the seasons shift into winter, we'll review if the location is good or if we'll migrate to zoom or find other places to practice this.  

In the new year, we'll check-in about the time.  

Thanks for reading along.  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Oct 7: MGH community convening

What:  A gathering for folks who have read My Grandmother's Hands (MGH) with Conie and PLM or Music that Makes Community (MMC) over the last year.  To check-in and support each other's journey's, grow community.

When:  Thursday, October 7, 2021, 1 p.m. EDT.   
(10 a.m. PDT // 11 a.m. MDT // 12 noon CDT)

Length: 90 minutes

Where:  online via zoom.  To get the link, send a note via the Contact Us form or reply to the email you received.



Saturday, September 4, 2021

Help Wanted: Advisory Board Members

 

Help Wanted:

Creating new  

Biracial & Rural* culture 

through storytelling events & retreats.

Do you fit the description of 

being black, indigenous, person of color 
who experienced otherness 
in predominantly white rural spaces. 

AND 
(pick one or several)

- desire to create more community and care 
for and with others like yourself?

- want to dig into the Mixed Bill of Rights and 
the Oath of Responsibility by Maria P.P. Root

- want to explore the somatic practices 
within Resmaa Menakem's My Grandmother's Hands book
with other mixed folks?

- love to share your artistic practice with others?  
Or accompany folks on their artistic explorations?

- have space and interest to plan and implement logistics 
for an arts-centered retreat for next summer?
 


* Read more about our thoughts on inclusion, 
the limitations of names, 
and what we're doing about it here.

Help Wanted: Spreading the Word

Help Wanted:

Spread the Word of 

Biracial & Rural* 

to those that fit the description of 

being black, indigenous, person of color 
who experienced otherness 
in predominantly white rural spaces. 


* Read more about our thoughts on inclusion, 
the limitations of names, 
and what we're doing about it here.

What's In A Name OR "How to say: Your story is important & you're welcome here"

What's in a name?  

So much meaning, including a sense of belonging.  

And it's also just a conglomeration of sounds smooshed together.  In a particular sequence, yes.  One that has been developed over time and shifted in changed in different times and contexts.  One that continues to evolve today and into tomorrow based on what we knew then and what we will learn in the future.   

Biracial & Rural was a phrase we started using to refer to the experience of living in a pre-dominantly white rural space as a person whose ancestry was from two different continents.  In 2019 we applied that phrase  to title an autobiographical transdisciplinary performance art piece of Conie's story.  

By 2020, we realized that one person's story could not encapsulate the breadth of experiences possible in that phrase, Biracial & Rural (BnR).  It took until the end of 2020 to be able to articulate that BnR was a community of care and storytelling space and that Conie's story in that was called Freeing Refrains.  

This year, 2021, we're realizing the limitations of using Biracial.  With a conversation partner from Midwest Mixed, we realized the wide net we were hoping to spread using Biracial might be more deterrent as some folks see themselves as multi-ethnic or mixed.  It is a complexity that needs space to unfold and real relationship to feel the inclusion.  

And begs the questions:  How wide do you want to fling the net?  And will you change the name?

Monday, August 30, 2021

Heart Songs Setlist from August 16, 2021

 Here's the songs we sang in-person on August 16:

  1. Welcome to the temple (Doug van Koss)
  2. Longing (Orion Mountain Dreamer/Nathan Holst)
  3. Welcome to the zoom call (clb)
  4. Put Your Roots Down (unknown)
  5. Push (Wayfaring Stranger Remix) - Liz Digitale Anderson
  6. Always (Grace Lee Boggs as quoted in Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown/Nathan Holst)
  7. The Way Knows the Way (Lyndsey Scott)
  8. Sweet Surrender (text: Saint Symeon/music: Sophia)
  9. What we need is here (from The Wild Geese by Wendell Berry/Music: Amy McCreath)
  10. We were made for these times (Clarissa Pinkola Estes/Linda Noonan)
  11. Lead with Love (Melanie DeMore)
  12. Always (Grace Lee Boggs as quoted in Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown/Nathan Holst)
Join us in-person on 9/13 (maybe last one?) or on zoom on 8/30 and 9/27.



Friday, August 6, 2021

Reflections on Healing before the 3rd Midwest Mixed Conference

Reader, I ask for your supportive witness at this time.

The following detail may not make sense to you if you haven’t done trauma work or read My Grandmother’s Hands. And that’s ok.

Some of you know I’ve been working on a project called Biracial and Rural, a community of care and storytelling space. It’s an urging that has been growing for several years and starting to take more shape as I have made space for more healing. I’m at a point

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Fall 2021 Dates for Freeing Refrains!


We're excited to get some dates out there to share Freeing Refrains!  Check the below dates against your calendar and then make your reservations at Eventbrite!


Freeing Refrains is a song circle and storytelling gathering. During this event you will be hearing about Conie's rural mixed Asian story, learn songs that have buoyed her (if you'd like), and then dialogue with others about the challenge of speaking our truth.

This story launches Biracial & Rural (BnR), a community of care 

and storytelling space. Through Freeing Refrains, Points of Light Music is calling in other rural BIPOC folks to come together for support, encouragement, skill sharing, and connection. Read more at http://www.pointsoflightmusic.net/p/biracial-rural.html.

The current BnR dream is to come together in arts based retreats over the summer and continue the connection virtually over the winter. Retreats conclude with participants sharing their story at an Open Mic/Variety Show to foster community dialogue.

Register up to an hour before each gathering at Eventbrite. The zoom link will be available an hour before.

These free events are supported by a SPARK fund grant from the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) and Rosy Simas Danse.

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Heart Songs Setlist from July 19

Here's the songs we sang on Jul 19:
The zoom call ended here with a dead battery. Folks in-person continued with these:
  1. Come, come, whoever you are (Rumi/Dale Zola)
  2. Sorry, Not Sorry (Galen Smith)
  3. Always (Grace Lee Boggs as quoted in Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown/Nathan Holst)
Join us in-person on 8/16 or on zoom on 8/30!




Monday, July 5, 2021

Jul 19 & Aug 16: Heart Songs at Lake Nokomis


What:  In-person Heart Songs circle!

When:  Mondays, July 19 & August 16, 6:30-8p CT

Where:  east of the Lake Nokomis Recreation Center 
2405 E. Minnehaha Parkway, Minneapolis 

Also likely online at the usual zoom coordinates (see below)

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Summer 2021: Heart Songs Virtual Details



What: Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love (a community space for you to bring your heart and your voice)

When: every 4 Mondays, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)
  • July 5
  • August 2, 30

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Jun 21: Heart Songs Location at Lake Nokomis!


Announcing the location at Lake Nokomis for the In-Person Heart Songs Song Circle!  

Meet us at this circle of benches:

Monday, June 7, 2021

Heart Songs Setlist from Jun 7

Here's the songs we sang on June 7:
  1. Come, come, whoever you are (Rumi/Dale Zola)
  2. Welcome here (Rachael Weasley)
  3. How Sweet the Sound (Doug van Koss)
  4. Always (Grace Lee Boggs as quoted in Emergent Strategies by adrienne maree brown/Nathan Holst)
  5. Hymn for the Russian Earth (Yuri Zaritsky and Eugene Friesen) - led by Janice
  6. Loosen, Loosen (Aly Halpert) - led by Nancy
  7. Stone by stone (Taya Ma)
  8. Healing is Possible (Orion Johnstone)
Join us online (7/5) or in-person (6/21)!  




Monday, May 10, 2021

Summer 2021 Heart Songs Plans (tentative)

We at Points of Light Music are looking forward to expanding our Heart Songs singing gathering beyond zoom while the weather is warmer at 45 degrees latitude!  

Our summer plan is to keep to the biweekly schedule and split the time online and in-person.  Starting in June, the first Monday will be online with the third Monday being in-person at a not yet decided location in the Twin Cities.  At least until we have 5 Mondays and then it will shift, i.e. August.  

The summer schedule looks like this:  

  • June 7: online
  • June 21: in-person

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

A Litany on "Be Dissatisfied"

On Tuesday, April 20, 2021, a Multifaith Prayer Vigil gathered at George Floyd Square following the reading of the thrice guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.  It ended with a Benediction by the Rev. DeWayne Davis, excerpted here.  


The whole Benediction is embedded below.  Thank you, Minnesota Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA), for capturing the whole thing.  

The "Be dissatisfied" line resonated with me so powerfully.  I wrote to my pastor colleague when I got back to my car, pondering aloud how it might show up in worship on Sunday.  He mentioned his sermon or benediction and also encouraged what might show up for me.  The next morning a draft of this poured forth.  

--
With the death of beloved children of God,
     Be dissatisfied!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Read My Grandmother's Hands: Spring-Summer 2021

We're facilitating a book read of Resmaa Menakem's My  Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies*, with Music that Makes Community this spring-summer.

If you've read our Reflection for the UCC Musician's Association, then you know how transformative this book is.

Would you like join us?  

Here's the overview:

Spring 2021 Heart Song Dates!



What: Heart Songs: Lament, Longing, & Love (a community space for you to bring your heart and your voice)
When: alternating Mondays, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)
  • April 12 & 26
  • May 10 & 24
Where: Online: https://zoom.us/j/431161455 (see call-in options below)

Gather for an informal singing time to re-center our hearts in community. Simple songs will be led paperlessly/taught by ear by Conie Borchardt, other song leaders, and you, if you have a song to share.

Join us. Bring friends. (Signup for the email reminder here; select Heart Songs)

Songs will be about the human experience and in that way, spiritual in nature, but not specifically religious.

This is a space intended for self-care, however that shifts for you in every moment. Bring water. Come and go. Sit in a chair, lie on the floor, or stand as you need to.


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Other Zoom options:
Meeting ID: 431 161 455

Apr 16: Midwest Mixed Special Edition Dialogue: Freeing Refrains

It's here!  Freeing Refrains is here!


What:  the premiere of Freeing Refrains, as a Special Edition Dialogue of Midwest Mixed!
When:  Friday, April 16, 5-7p
Where: on zoom!  Register here.  
For WHO:  any folks who identify or have experiences as mixed, biracial, multi-ethnic, and/or trans-racially or trans-nationally adoptee*

Conie B and Sheryl Raygor are co-facilitating this Special Edition Dialogue space in partnership with Midwest Mixed.  During this event you will be hearing about Conie's rural mixed Asian story, learn songs that have bouyed her (if you'd like), and then dialogue with others about the challenge of speaking our truth.  Open to all mixed folks.  

Come and listen, sing, and dialogue with others with similar and different mixed stories.

(*don't fret if you don't fit the Mixed audience!  We'll be scheduling more of these participatory performances soon.  Watch the calendar and subscribe to "Freeing Refrains" Updates in the Newsletter.  

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Socially Distant Easter Dance: In the Bulb There Is a Flower

A angular sketch of
Tom Vetter's Flower in the Seed labyrinth
in prep for a large outdoor installation.
Early last week, I was starting to settle some ideas for the outdoor Easter Sunrise service the current congregation I serve has every year.  (Except last year, my first year with them.  Last year, we suspended it because it was the first month of pandemic life and we didn't know what we didn't know...)

One of the traditions I heard was the use of Natalie Sleeth's 1986 strophic text "In the Bulb There Is a Flower."  (New Century Hymnal #433)

Singing with other people during this respiratory pandemic honestly gives me the willies.  It's not quite rational and I'm sure some of it has to do with the ways that some of my ancestors have been tricked and hurt by oppressors.  Beside that, I'm interested in reducing paper waste and embodying our songs.  It didn't take long for the germ of an idea to bloom into something fully formed (ahem) that could be used for all verses ... and guide our social distancing.  :)

Here's the write-up: 

Spring 2021 BnR Update: Freeing Refrains

It's been a long time in coming, but it's here!  

After a long hibernation and germination process, Points of Light Music is excited to share the current stage of the Biracial & Rural project called Freeing Refrains!  

Freeing Refrains is a song circle and storytelling gathering, sharing one person’s mixed Asian story of growing up on the predominantly white rural plains of Minnesota before the internet.

This story launches Biracial & Rural (BnR), a community of care and storytelling space connecting rural-urban and BIPOC-white communities. Through Freeing Refrains, Points of Light Music is calling in other BIPOC folks to come together for support, encouragement, skill sharing, and connection.

In Summer 2021, we're planning to bring Freeing Refrains to Greater Minnesota in outdoor socially distant performances around the state. We would love your assistance in lots of ways!  
Please visit the Freeing Refrains page for more details and then go to our Contact Us page and connect.  

Monday, February 1, 2021

Guide to Spirit of Peace Meditation Online


ORIGINS

The Spirit of Peace Meditation originated in Jan 2017 as a way to show up in divisive political space. A fellow dancer and I met at the MN State Capitol and adapted the dance into a walking meditation across the long mall, inviting the spirit of peace within us to lend our strength to the work at hand. When we arrived at the capital building steps, we moved our attention to recognizing the love and light in all as we turned to the four directions. Then we concluded with Joe Miller’s blessing, wrapping up the meditation with a joyous turn to spread the intention far and wide.


ONLINE ADAPTATIONS

For virtual space, we have made these adaptations. Please listen to what your space and body allow and make further adaptations for yourself.

Our zoom practice is seated.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Feb 5, 6, 20: Femme-Identified Voice Workshops

There's still a couple of spots remaining for the Expand Your Voice - Free Your Spirit Workshop. Send an email to emcucc@emcucc.org to claim your spot!

This is the series to attend for those who wish to be guided by femme-identified leader. We are excited that Dianne Baker will be co-leading this online series with Conie.

Here's the dates & times for the workshop.
  • Friday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Central
  • Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • AND 2-3 p.m. Central
  • Saturday, February 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • AND 2-3 p.m. Central
FEE: $40-50 suggested donation to secure registration. Supported and Supporting participants also welcome.

REGISTER: Email emcucc@emcucc.org to register. Maximum 14 participants per series.

More Details here.

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Dianne Baker is a therapist, song circle leader, retreat facilitator and Full Voice Coach in Sechelt, BC, Canada. 

Dianne takes joy in supporting people in their healing journeys and in their discovery of their full selves, and creates safe and trustworthy spaces for this to happen. She delights in nature, expressing this joy by eliciting garden beauty, having scuba adventures, taking forest and beach walks, going canoeing and camping, and singing as she goes.

Dianne shares life with Jim Hathery, her husband of nearly 40 years. They have 3 adult daughters.

Jan 29, 30, Feb 13: Masc-Identified Voice Workshops

There's still a couple of spots remaining for the Expand Your Voice - Free Your Spirit
Workshop.  Send an email to emcucc@emcucc.org to claim your spot!

This weekend begins the series for those who want to be guided by a masc-identified leader.  We are excited that Eoghan Carrick will be co-leading this online series with Conie.  

Here's the dates & times for the workshop.  
  • Friday, January 29, 7-8:30 p.m. Central
  • Saturday, January 30, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    • AND 2-3 p.m. Central
  • Saturday, February 13, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 
    • AND 2-3 p.m. Central
FEE: $40-50 suggested donation to secure registration. Supported and Supporting participants also welcome.

REGISTER: Email emcucc@emcucc.org to register. Maximum 14 participants per series.

More Details here.

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Eoghan Carrick 

At age 13, other musicians told Eoghan he had a ‘bad’ voice. So he stopped his childhood love of singing. Recovering his voice has been a deeply challenging healing process with teachers and collaborators ranging from indigenous Sumatran singers to esteemed choral director Dr. Joy Sherman to the grief ceremonies brought to the West by Sibonfu Somé.

Today Eoghan serves as music director for the storydwelling community in his homeland of Bend, Oregon. Pre-pandemic he served as director for a regional community choir called Open Hub Singing. He has facilitated expansive Full Voice experiences with students, educators, business people, singers, both online and in-person. Eoghan actively engages an ongoing men’s circle and is committed to practicing an embodied, collaborative, gracious form of masculinity. He does not do this perfectly… To honor his ancestors, his joyful child, dear friends and his soul, Eoghan is finally recording his first album of original music for release in 2021. Learn more at openhubsinging.com.


Monday, January 11, 2021

Jan 13-20: Daily Spirit of Peace Meditation Online

We are holding daily space for the Spirit of Peace Meditation leading up to the inauguration.  Please join us and the Spirit of Peace on the ethers of zoom at the following times or at a time convenient to you.  


Time:  5 p.m. Central Standard Time (GMT-05).  The ritual takes about 30 minutes
Dates:  Daily, Wednesday, January 13-January 20, 2021
  • AND at 10 a.m. Central on Wed, Jan 20, 2021
Location:  via Zoom meeting ID:  941-277-002 (pw:  DUP)
 * To download the app * To find call-in numbers * To join a meeting

Read more about the practice by reading other posts with the SpiritOfPeaceWalk tag.