SACRED SPACES. That space in which we honor and take time to see the divine within and around each other. I love the challenge of creating ritual for diverse communities, and especially the twists and turns of nontraditional spaces and places. For me, creation of sacred interspiritual space is an act of liberation. In sacred space, I use my passion for interfaith interactions, asking myself: how can I place our sacred traditions in dialogue through liturgy? What does it mean in our living outside of what we term our sacred spaces? Over the years I have had the opportunity to help develop many "alternative" sacred spaces -- from stages to fields, attended by folks adhering to a plethora of well and little known spiritual paths and religions. To create ritual and liturgy in a new way, to feel spirit in a space thought of as completely secular, to draw sound and song out of the imagined unmusical place, to clear the way towards a hidden path to the Divine through story, music, dance, food - brings me joy. Below are a few examples of sacred experiences that I have "curated" as a chapel minister at Union Theological Seminary, working with students, local artists, professors, spiritual leaders and sacred communities.
Oshun, Yoruba Goddess of fresh water dances and laughs her blessing as we prepare for a sacred community meal. This chapel blended Afro-Cuban jazz, Orisha dance, congregational song, sacred text, Midrash, Eucharist and prayer.
In this chapel, the brainchild of Candace Simpson, Beyonce, purple-flavored celebration, and Womanism created a sacred space for a Pop theology with a traditional Baptist liturgy, sacred text, music video, and prayer.
An exploration of the use and freedom of space within a worship setting, with free jazz, art, community ritual, poetry, food, storytelling, and song.