Sep 23, 2015


“Perhaps the reason Interfaith, Interreligious and Interspiritual communities lack racial diversity is because they are uncertain about where to start and how to begin. If these circles are genuinely concerned about issues of racial justice and being more inclusive, I would suggest two simple things. First, participate in Undoing Racism workshops. I have personally witnessed social service non-profits, churches and research scientists be transformed in trainings conducted by places like The People’s Institute of Survival and Beyond. There are many other organizations doing great work to make the unconscious effects of racism, conscious. Second, put boots on the ground and reach out directly to people of color. If you want more diversity in your community, you have to let people know you want them there and that you care about the issues that matter to them.”

To read the rest of DeShannon Bowen’s latest article on the State of Formation, follow this link:

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Sep 17, 2015

BLIND FAITH: Celebrities, Sexual Abuse and the Lack of Accountability

“When a famous person has been accused of sexual abuse, I expect a few things to happen: 1) dozens of news reports 2) thousands of shares of these reports on social media 3) shaming & blaming the people who said they were sexually assaulted and 4) defense of the alleged perpetrator of sexual abuse. Steps one and two rarely occur with everyday people. Unfortunately, steps three and four happen to almost everyone but are heightened in celebrity cases. Whether the alleged perpetrator is R. Kelly, Bill Cosby, Woody Allen or Bishop Eddie Long, people will rally to their defense because it’s easier for them to assume an accuser wants money instead of justice.”

To read more of DeShannon Bowens’ latest article on the State of Formation, follow this link:

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Aug 20, 2015

September 19th playwright, Aquaila Shene Barnes & author DeShannon Bowens take “Hush Hush the Healing Project” on the road to Atlanta, GA! If you care about the lives of teenage mothers we hope you’ll join us for the Women Empowering Young Women conference! Its going to be a wonderful, inspiring event.

For details about registration, follow this link:…/default/files/images/womenempower.pdf

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Jun 23, 2015

Join us at the My True Colors Festival this FRIDAY, JUNE 26TH at 7:30pm as we present a stage reading of the new play, Hush Hush, written by Aquaila S. Barnes and directed by Barbara Montgomery.

The Reading will be preceded by a 6:30pm Book Signing of the 2nd edition release of the book Hush Hush (the inspiration for the play); and followed by a Talk Back with playwright, author, director and the cast.

Tickets are $15 (cash only) at the door or can be purchased here: (Click “Get Tickets”, at bottom of page & choose “Fri June 26, 2015 7:30pm”)

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Jun 10, 2015


DeShannon Barnes-Bowens will join Interfaith Center New York for their annual Social Work & Religious Diversity conference this month to present on trauma & healing from a Yoruba-Ifa perspective. 

Recently, DeShannon met with them to discuss her work. Read the interview here:

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