[PAST EVENT] Prayer & Ritual: Deepening Understanding of Our Diverse African American Identities & Spiritualities

March 30, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Zoom webinar
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The third and final program of the Braxton Institute's Tree of Life Black Faith Matters series. In this seminar, five Black spiritual leaders from different traditions will each offer a prayer for our time of dual pandemics followed by a teaching from Christianity, Sufism, Kemetic tradition, Buddhism or southern conjure. Seminar members participating remotely by Zoom are invited to reflect on the importance of prayer and ritual in their own tradition and to expand their capacity for  inclusive appreciation of the diversity of Black Faith and the ways in which Black Faith Matters for sustainability, resilience and the emergence of new and life-giving paradigms.

Rev. Michelle Freeman—Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church UCC of Riverside, CA
Venerable Ayesha Ali—Heartwidth Sangha, Buddhist Dharma teacher
Sheikh Issa Chisty—Sufi Spiritual leader
Richael Faithful, Black folk healer and shamanic practitioner from southern conjure
Dr. Chenzira Kehina-- Ordained Chief High Priestess of Per Ankh M Smai Tawi Ministries (Kemetic)
Tree of Life Meditation Practice:
Rehema Kutua, M.D. – Pediatrician, Medical School Professor and Chief Wellness Consultant for “Tree of Life: Black Faith Matters”
Moderated by Rev. Joanne Braxton, PhD

“Tree of Life: Black Faith Matters in a Time of Dual Pandemics” is an initiative of the Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency and Joy sponsored by Columbia University Center on African American Religion,  Sexual Politics and Social Justice with funding from the Henry Luce Foundation and additional support from The Lemon Project: A Journey of Reconciliation.


Joanne M. Braxton, PHD, jbraxton@braxtoninstitute.org