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Jan 21, Feb 4: Subzero Singalong, A Community Sing on Ice with Good Trouble

Dates and times are set for the Subzero Singalong: A Community Sing on Ice at Art Shanty Projects (ASP) at Bde Unma/Lake Harriet!   There w...

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Setlist from the Dec 30 Songs for the Turning of the Year @ Yess Yoga

Here are the songs we sang at Songs for the Turning of the Year at Yess Yoga on Friday night, December 30, 2022:
  1. You are in the right place (Martha Burford)
  2. Welcome to the Table (chaos) (clb)
  3. Put Your Roots Down (Molly Hartwell)
  4. the neuroplasticity song (Ahlay Blakely)
  5. Comfort* (Heather Wilson)
  6. Yet, We are Not alone (Alexandra Blakely)
  7. Stone by stone (Taya Ma)
  8. I will believe the truth about myself (Macrina Wiederkehr/Velma Frye)
  9. We Rise (Batya Levine)
  10. We get there together (Josh Blaine)

* We're looking for an online recording!  If you know of one, please drop the link in the comments!

We are grateful to you if sang with us and to Yess Yoga for hosting.

In 2023, we are tentatively planning to host a quarterly sing at Yess.  To receive a reminder when they are, please signup for the "In-person singing groups" list of this newsletter.  You'll receive reminders for all in-person singing gatherings, including the Subzero Singalong at Bde Unma / Lake Harriett in Jan & Feb.  Or just check-in with the Yess website or here.  

Keep singing and stay warm, hydrated, graceful, and creative!

Love, Liz and Conie

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Year End BnR Fundraising Gratitude & S T R E T C H!

This update is about a month overdue. Partly because of shock (we made our initial goal! What what?!?) and partly because it's a pretty busy time for church musicians everywhere.

We feel so appreciative of all our donors. The ones who gave $2,500 and those who gave $10. You're all the same to us. We're feeling the love and support for the Biracial & Rural community and the Freeing Stuck Refrains project at Points of Light Music pretty strongly. Thank you.

With four days left in the calendar year, we're putting out a stretch goal of $5,000. We'll only $605 short of that now. Those funds will go toward creating an in-person gathering of Freeing Refrains.
Can you help us reach this goal?  Donate here.

Could you forward this to others who might have heart connections to the project's mission and vision of building a community of care for multi-cultural individuals in predominantly white spaces? Or share it with your social media friends?

Is there another dedication or memorial you'd add?

Would you like to support expanding the web of community connections, brave storytellers, and truth telling that heals?

Thank you for donating.

Conie B    

Jan 21, Feb 4: Subzero Singalong, A Community Sing on Ice with Good Trouble

Dates and times are set for the Subzero Singalong: A Community Sing on Ice at Art Shanty Projects (ASP) at Bde Unma/Lake Harriet!  

There will be community sings every Saturday in the village Town Square at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.!  

We are delighted to be one of two community singing proposals selected for this year's festival and collaborating to make a strong  "Let's Sing Together!" impact!  

We hope you come out every Saturday, but especially January 21 & February 4.  :)

Check out the rest of the schedule of performances and art actions and art shanty projects here!

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Registration is Open for "The Breathing Life of All" Aramaic Jesus Retreat

We are delighted to share the registration form for The Breathing Life of All: Chant, Movement, & Meditation with the Aramaic Jesus retreat is now open on Eventbrite!  

We are using a tiered schedule to prioritize registration for those attending the retreat plus Monday.
  • A link to the Eventbrite registration page will be available on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. Those interested in attending the Retreat Plus Monday can start to register then.
  • On January 20, 2023, registration will open to all attending just the weekend.
Register here: https://aramaicdsm2023.eventbrite.com/

Click here for general information about this April 2023 retreat in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Jan-May 2023 Heart Songs Calendar

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

When: every other Monday, 6:30-8p CDT (05-UTC)
  • January 2 & 16 & 30
  • February 13 & 27
  • March 13 & 27
  • April 10 & 24
  • May 8 & 22
Where: Online:

Friday, December 16, 2022

Dec 30: Songs for the Turning of the Year

What:  Songs for the Turning of the Year
Where:  Yess Yoga, 105 E. 26th St., Minneapolis
When:  Friday, December 30, 7:30-9 p.m.

Come breathe deep, open up, and join us for a Full Voice Song Circle as the year turns. As we let go of 2022, what needs to be celebrated? What needs to be released? What intentions would you like to set for the new year? We will sing for joy, grief, and courage, and move towards wholeness and delight.

Song leaders Conie Borchardt and Liz Digitale Anderson hold joyful, care-filled circles for you to discover freedom in your voice, de-stress your nervous system, and move your body.

Every voice is welcome! We teach all the songs call and response- just open your mouth and echo back. We’ll sing songs to ground you, heal you, and motivate you for the new year to come.

Pre-register + pay what you can: $5-$20 sliding scale here: https://www.yessyogastudio.com/yoga-workshops/
You can also pay at the door. (No one turned away for lack of funds; we want you there! )

You can see previous setlists on here.

  • Because Covid is airborne and we'll be singing, we are asking folx to mask up for this workshop.
  • Parking can be kind of tight around this block - leave yourself some extra time to find a spot!
  • As we're in a yoga studio, we ask people to leave their shoes at the entrance to keep the studio clean. If you want to bring a clean pair of indoor shoes to support your feet that's fine. Thank you!

Monday, December 5, 2022

Setlist from Dec 4 Longing for Justice Song Circle

Here are the songs we sang at the Longing for Justice Song Circle at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities on Sunday afternoon, December 4, 2022:

  1. Healing is Possible (Orion Johnstone) - led by Doe
  2. Net of Remembrance (Ahlay Blakely) - led by Bridgette
  3. Come, Light of Lights* (words: trans from Celtic chant of Ceile De order/Tune: © 2006 Ruth Cunningham) - led by Conie
  4. When Times Are Hard/We Lead in Love (Liz Digitale Anderson)