We are delighted to welcome Rie Gilsdorf to share some of their story with Freeing Refrains. RSVP below and then watch for our interview wi...
Monday, May 16, 2022
Sunday, May 8, 2022
If you're reading this you probably attended the Ascension Women's Society retreat last Saturday morning in Stillwater. I'm still hearing your laughter and singing voices in my ears from that beautiful sunny day!
Tuesday, May 3, 2022
May 10: Hearts Wide Open to the Wind: Movement Meditations Weaving Peace, Community, Justice, & Our Hearts
We're sharing the Spirit of Peace Meditation with folks in Des Moines, Iowa!
Come on over if you're in the neighborhood!
Event: Hearts Wide Open to the Wind: Movement Meditations Weaving Peace, Community, Justice & Our Hearts
When: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: the Peace Garden at Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut St. Des Moines, IA
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Friday, April 29, 2022
Tuesday, April 26, 2022
Not having a lot of capacity to do exhaustive research, I took to my personal mobile research unit and intuited my way to something that felt natural and meaningful. Here's the write-up; a video from the service is at the end. Let us know what you think.
Refrain: Instructions first with (accompanying words from the song in parathesis)
- Standing in a circle facing in, take hands with your neighbors and take four steps in (Dance then)
- Step back 4 steps (wherever you may be)
- Turn in place to the right (I am the Lord of the Dance said he)
Saturday, April 9, 2022
We are delighted to welcome Rie Gilsdorf to share some of their story with Freeing Refrains. RSVP below and then watch for our interview with them to drop.
Day: Thursday, May 19, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT
RSVP free: Eventbrite
Bio: Rie Algeo Gilsdorf, MS, MA, has broad experience as a principal, arts administrator, facilitator, coach, teacher of science and dance, and parent in innovative public, private, magnet and charter schools. She spent her early career delivering, designing and guiding arts-integrated, student-centered learning, and most recently spent five years at Courageous Conversation learning how to engage productively in equity work as a white woman.
Throughout her career Rie has also facilitated adult learning that develops capacity to achieve equity across race, gender, sexuality and ability in redesigned schools and progressive faith communities.
Thursday, March 31, 2022
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,
Monday, March 21, 2022
It's time to read My Grandmother's Hands in community! You are welcome to join us whether you have participated before or are newly joining us.
We are organizing this reading with Music that Makes Community, an organization near and dear to our heart for their work to empower and liberate the spiritual life of communities through singing. Check out more of their work here.
Groups start late in April and continue meeting every other week for eight 90-minute sessions. Nine (!) scheduling options are available, including weekend and weekday evening. See the details, select your best times, and register on this scheduling survey form: https://forms.gle/XErMmM9vkjCBG2wQ9.
Sunday, March 20, 2022
- Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
- Sweet Surrender (text: Saint Symeon/music: Sophia)
- Get Into Your Body (Lea Morris)
- Be the Light (Lea Morris) - teaching video
- In My Circle (Joan MacMillian)
- Te Aroha (Maori song)
- Hymn for the Russian Earth (Yuri Zaritsky and Eugene Friesen)
- In Hope, In Prayer (Batya Levine)
- Another World Is Possible/Smash the Patriarchy (Liz Digitale Anderson)
- Stand Up from the movie, Harriet (Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo)
- Rest Your Weary Head* (Shannon Young)
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Setlist from "In the Church & in the Streets: Music that Shapes the Soul & Rocks the World" (HNRS 4990)
Greetings!If you're reading this you probably attended the Wednesday morning class of HNRS 4990 - In the Church & in the Streets: Music that Shapes the Soul & Rocks the World at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.
Here's the setlist of what we sang (with links to online recordings!) and a few other resources we referred to during our time together.
Monday, March 7, 2022
We're convening folks from past reads of My Grandmother's Hands (MGH) for a time of community catchup, discernment, and mutual support on Thursday, March 17, 2022, 1-2:30 p.m. CT. RSVP here to receive the link to join, whether its for part or the whole time.
In particular, we will experience and explore the triad work Resmaa recommends in this Psychology Today article. Then you will be invited to consider making a commitment to continue this triad work with two others of the same racial affinity group.
If you haven't read MGH with us before, rest assured. We will be accompanying another set of groups starting in late April. Details are being worked out at the moment, so stayed tuned by signing up for our MGH newsletter.
Friday, February 18, 2022
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
We are delighted to welcome Merle Geode to share some of their mixed Asian story with Freeing Refrains in 2022. Read more about them and then RSVP to attend.Day: Thursday, March 24, 2022
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT
RSVP free: Eventbrite
Sunday, February 13, 2022
Holding the public practice of the Spirit of Peace Meditation is shifting away from monthly. It is clear that monthly is unsustainable for current leaders to commit to. It's uncertain if it might become a quarterly practice at the solstices and equinoxes, or another frequency.
If you have interest and delight in supporting this public practice of dedicating one's spirit to peace and seeing the holy love and light in each person, please reach out and let us know. Use the contact form in the menu or send an email to email@example.com.
Friday, February 11, 2022
We excited to announce the dates of the next two Freeing Refrains gatherings and our first guest storyteller!
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Come and visit us virtually during First Thursdays & Open Saturdays while we're a Studio 331 Resident Artist with Rosy Simas Danse at the Northrup-King Building!
- Thu, January 6, 2022, 5-9 p.m.
- Sat, January 8, 2022, 12 noon-4 p.m.
- Sat, January 15, 2022, 12 noon-4 p.m.
We'll be sharing a sampling of the following...