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Jul 9: Retrain Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma Awareness + Resilience

What : Retrain Your Lizard Brain: Somatic Singing for Trauma Awareness + Resilience When : Tuesday, July 9, 2024, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Where : Wal...

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.  

"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)


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.