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May 19: Freeing Refrains with Rie Gilsdorf: More Stories, Convos, & Song

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

Setlist for Breakout: Embodying Our Life Among God's Faithful People

Greetings!

If you're reading this you probably attended the 40-minute Embodying Our Life Among God's Faithful People workshop session at the East Central Wisconsin

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Setlist from "Tending the Soul Through Sound"

Greetings!

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!
 

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.

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
(Map)

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Meet Rie

Points of Light Music (PLM) is inviting each Freeing Refrains storyteller into an public pre-conversation to help us get to know them before the event. 

Meet Rie, the storyteller for our May 19th event.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Setlist from New Moon EARTH Vocal Explorations @ Yess Yoga, April 29, 2022

Here's the songs Liz and Conie lead at the New Moon EARTH Vocal Exploration at Yess Yoga on Friday night, April 29, 2022: 
  1. Soften the ground (a baby song born on the drive over! clb)
  2. Wanna Be Ready for Change to Come (Charon Hribar, the Kairos Center; Tune: I Wanna Die Easy)
  3. Gathered Here (Phil Porter)
  4. Get Into Your Body (Lea Morris)
  5. Loosen, Loosen (Aly Halpert)

May 27: New Moon Vocal Explorations: FIRE @ Yess Yoga

New Moon Song Circle-FIRE w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, May 27th 
Time: 7:30-8:45 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

A New Easter Carol: Lord of the Dance

This year I got encouragement from Brene Brown to create another Easter dance.  Our church was reading her book, Gifts of Imperfection, where she names "Laughter, Song, and Dance" as one of 10 guideposts to cultivate.  And knowing this community usually sings "Lord of the Dance" at the Easter Sunrise service, it seemed a no-brainer.

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.

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Refrain:  Instructions first with (accompanying words from the song in parathesis)

  1. Standing in a circle facing in, take hands with your neighbors and take four steps in (Dance then)
  2. Step back 4 steps (wherever you may be)
  3. Turn in place to the right (I am the Lord of the Dance said he)

Apr 29: New Moon Voice Explorations: EARTH @ Yess Yoga

 

New Moon Song Circle-Earth w/ Conie & Liz

Date:  Friday, April 29th 
Time: 7:30-8:30 pm
Sliding Scale:  $5-$20

Register here

Saturday, April 9, 2022

May 19: Freeing Refrains with Rie Gilsdorf: More Stories, Convos, & Song

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 

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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

Dances of Universal Peace Testimony from Dr. Colleen Carpenter

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.  

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"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,

Monday, March 21, 2022

Reading My Grandmother's Hands, Take 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

Setlist from Soul Song Circle, March 19, 2022

Here's the list of songs we sang at the Soul Song Circle, a mixed culture/BIPOC-centered sing, on Saturday night, March 19, 2022. 

  1. Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
  2. Sweet Surrender (text: Saint Symeon/music: Sophia)
  3. Get Into Your Body (Lea Morris)
  4. Be the Light (Lea Morris) - teaching video
  5. In My Circle (Joan MacMillian)
  6. Te Aroha (Maori song)
  7. Hymn for the Russian Earth (Yuri Zaritsky and Eugene Friesen)
  8. In Hope, In Prayer (Batya Levine)
  9. Another World Is Possible/Smash the Patriarchy (Liz Digitale Anderson)
  10. Stand Up from the movie, Harriet (Joshuah Brian Campbell & Cynthia Erivo)
  11. Rest Your Weary Head* (Shannon Young)
* No public recording available at this time.  

If you'd like to join us for the next Soul Song Circle, a mixed culture/BIPOC-centered sing in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro, email us at Listening at pointsoflightmusic dot net OR use the contact form on this website and we'll let you know when and where the next gathering is.  

Gatherings are approximately once a month.  
Attendees are asked to prove a recent negative covid test.  

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Setlist from Full Moon Full Voice Song Circle @ Yess Yoga, Spring Equinox 2022

Here's the songs Liz and Conie lead at the Full Moon Full Voice Song Circle at Yess Yoga on Friday night, March 18, 2022: 
  1. Earth My Body (unknown*)
  2. Up Above My Head (African American spiritual)
  3. Earth: Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
  4. Fire: I Did Not Come Here Alone (The Peace Poets)
  5. Water: The Ocean Refuses No River** (traditional Sufi text & Lila Flood/Yakzan Valdez)

April-May 2022 Heart Songs Dates

  


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

When: every other Mondays, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)
  • April 11 & 25 
  • May 9 & 23

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

Mar 18: Full Moon Full Voice Song Circle


Date:  Friday, March 18, 2022
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location: Yess Yoga, 105 26th St E, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Mar 17: MGH Huddle Up!

 


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.


Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Mar 24: Freeing Refrains with Merle Geode: More stories, convos, and songs

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 

Merle Geode is a mixed race (Korean and white) disabled genderfluid poet/writer,

Sunday, February 13, 2022

Public Spirit of Peace Meditation Update: Occasional Gatherings


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 listening@pointsoflightmusic.net.

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Interested in history of the practice?  Follow this link of posts tagged with "Spirit of Peace Walk" including how we adapted it to zoomland

Friday, February 11, 2022

Winter Freeing Refrains: Feb 15 & Mar 24, 2022


We excited to announce the dates of the next two Freeing Refrains gatherings and our first guest storyteller!  


Freeing Refrains resumes on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. with Conie B sharing more stories from their rural-urban mixed Asian perspective.  RSVP here.  
On Thursday, March 24, 2022, we welcome Merle Geode to share stories from their mixed Asian life.  Mark your calendars and RSVP here!

Bio:  Merle Geode is a mixed race (Korean and white) disabled genderfluid poet/writer, shamanic practitioner, and multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis living with metastatic breast cancer. They have a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where they were a UW-Madison Writing Fellow. They were a food and features writer for several years for Isthmus and Our Lives Magazine in Madison, but their storytelling is now taking a turn for more experimental and expansive forms. They are currently an MFA candidate in Poetry at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and a mentor in the Write Like Us program for BIPOC writers across five local community colleges. Their poems and essays appear in Love, Always: Partners of Trans People on Intimacy, Challenge and Resilience; MNArtists; and poetry.onl. Currently, they are working on a picture book about anticipatory grief and death as an author/illustrator.

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Jan 6, 8 & 15: Open Studios at Northrup-King Building


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!

First Thursday
  • Thu, January 6, 2022, 5-9 p.m.

Open Saturdays
  • 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...