Dr. Colleen Carpenter invited Conie and two colleagues to share Dances of Universal Peace and street justice songs for a paired Religion and Music honors class early in March 2022. After the demonstration, Carpenter sent this note. Shared with permission.
--"I am someone who finds it very difficult to really trust in God’s love and justice. I BELIEVE in it, and I cling to it, but the horror and the suffering of the world seem to me more “real” in a lot of ways.
I have to believe in God’s love, because if I don’t there’s nothing but despair, but I don’t think it’s going to save anyone on a practical level in the world right now. Putin will continue to level Ukraine.
But when I was driving home, I believed that love would reign and war would cease. I could FEEL it.
That doesn’t happen to me often, and I treasure deeply the times it does, because I know I know I KNOW that this is the truth of the world, even as the bombs continue to fall.
So thank you.
You opened up a space for me to see and feel Divine Goodness, Hope, Joy, and Love.
What an incredible gift."
- Dr. Colleen Mary Carpenter, PhD
Professor of Theology and Women's Studies
Saint Catherine University, St. Paul, MN
How do we move from knowing intellectually to a deeper, dare we say, more complete and whole felt sense of knowing in our bodies? We're grateful for the words of Resmaa Menakem, who has given us language around how fear/trauma impact the body and embodied practices to help us reclaim our bodies with the help of our communities.
We are organizing a reading of Resmaa's book, My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies to begin in late April. To hear more about it, sign up for that newsletter here.
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