Thursday, December 9
11:00am -1:00pm ET
This will be a F.U.L.L. Workshop for the 2021 Cross Movement Convening. This space will offer creative practices for Grounding and Finding Peace in your breath and body in order to show up more fully and more effectively in the collective body.
You can find more information about this session on the 2021 CMC website! https://bit.ly/2021virtualcmc. Zoom links for this session will be available on the 2021 CMC website the day of.
Born to Teach. Born to heal. Grew to do each and both, spiritually.
Rev. Denise Graves is a community pastor, meditation mentor, Acudetox Specialist (auricular acupuncture) and author who employs applied education techniques to build the Kingdom of God/Good on earth through personal coaching, spiritual counselling, and organizational consulting. Evidenced in her recent book, Life Changing Prayers: The Hard Prayers Tribute and Meditation Companion, Denise knows each person is important and makes a difference beyond their awareness. It takes courage to know self, Source and Good. The price tag is practice, study, prayer (talking to), meditation (be still and listen) and acting.
Denise co-facilitates multi-spiritual & faith meditation sessions weekly, national prayer calls, and sits with wisdom leaders from Africa, India, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, Cuba, Haiti and South America to pursue, insure, and create environments that are just, evolved, well, and culturally appropriate to the degree that no additional harm to people and the land are done as well as spiritual retreats and mission service matters for personal development and community service in Ghana, Equator, Bali, Okinawa, Puerto Rico and American indigenous nations, tribes, and enclaves.
Internationally read and sought after for her grounded conversations, Denise looks through the façade and sees the face and light of God in each person. For Denise, prayer, and meditation matters. Whether preaching in a building, at a park, school, or tent, the message of Gods’ love, peace, and grace are clear. As a parent of 7 adult children, 20 year faith-based community organizer, international missionary, teacher, Chaplain of the New Orleans Skaters Association, community pastor, and former youth pastor, she has championed millions of dollars being reallocated to underserved communities, holding elected officials accountable, and making sure grassroots people receive public audiences to voice and resolve concerns.
As a sacred text and wisdom sources scholar, she engages spiritual and theological underpinnings, social context comparatives, and the life healing intent to speak to the heart of God’s people. As a graduate of the St. Paul School of Theology, University of Kansas, the American Institute for Holistic Theology, International Metaphysics Ministry, and Zen and Mind Family Meditation Institute, Rev. Graves is a minister of spiritual intersectionality for justice, anti-racism dialogue facilitator, strategic and spiritual coach for organizers, a stress reduction advocate through acupuncture and as a meditation healer, as well as being the author of Morning Thoughts Become Daily Things, The Affirmation Journal, Kissing Our Children Goodbye , Life Changing Prayers: The Hard Prayers Tribute and Meditation Companion books. Her upcoming book is entitled Tuning Into Your Spiritual Essence.
SHA’CONDRIA “iCon” SIBLEY is an Alexandria, Louisiana native/ longtime New Orleans-based poet, writer, performing artist, teaching artist, and artist of many mediums whose work spans across visual art, theater, music, radio, and film.
A multiple-time national poetry slam champion and originator of the viral “little Black girls with big names” movement, Sha’Condria travels the country performing, including at colleges and universities, and has made many television and stage appearances, including TV One’s Verses and Flow and at the mainstage at Essence Music Festival. Her work has been featured on many outlets such as Huffington Post, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, BET, BBC World Radio, as well as in several exhibits, documentaries, and anthologies. She has starred in several stageplays, featured on musical projects with Grammy award-winning recording artists, and co-wrote two award-winning short films. Sha’Condria is the author of a poetry collection, My Name Is Pronounced Holy, and uses her work largely to speak on her lived experience as a Blk woman as it relates to her deep Southern American/ Louisiana roots, reclaiming names/identity, spirituality, and healing.