Apr 1, 2015


“I remember the scene in my head like it was yesterday. I walked up to a stranger, looked her in the eye and said, “I am here to be seen.” Her response, “And I see you.” Then I proceeded to approach several other people in the room - one at a time, repeating the same phrase and receiving the same response. This was one of the interactive exercises I participated in on my first day of seminary. By the time the exercise was over, the room was buzzing with joy and excitement.”

Read DeShannon Barnes-Bowens entire essay on the State of Formation here: http://www.stateofformation.org/2015/03/the-power-of-being-seen/

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Feb 2, 2015

The Illusion of Separation - A Call to End Oppression

“As people work to dismantle racial profiling and institutionalized racism in all its forms across the country, I expect interfaith communities to become more involved in actively disrupting all systems of oppression. In order to effectively do this, interfaith, interreligious and interspiritual leaders need to become aware of their own unconscious biases and prejudices.”

Read more of DeShannon Barnes-Bowens latest State of Formation article here:


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Dec 11, 2014

Is God Afraid of Sexuality? By DeShannon Bowens

A few weeks ago, I was inspired to begin exploring the relationship between sexuality, religion and fear…

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Mar 19, 2014

In honor of Women’s History Month, we salute a wonderful sexuality educator and spiritual leader, Dr. Mariah Britton. Dr. Britton currently serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer for The Moriah Institute Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development through Rites of Passage with a second focus aimed at building collaborations with seminaries and other faith-based institutions in the area of comprehensive sexuality education.

Tackling the topic of human sexuality in religious settings is no easy task. Dr. Britton walks this path with grace and compassion. To learn more about The Moriah Institute and her work visit http://themoriahinstituteny.org.

She’s also teaching a full day workshop at One Spirit Learning Alliance on March 29th. More information is here: http://onespiritinterfaith.org/sacred-sexuality/.

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Feb 14, 2014

Celebrating Black Herstory Remembering June Jordan

June Jordan was born on July 9, 1936 and died on June 14, 2002 at the age of 65. She was a professor and is internationally known for her poetry and activism. Most importantly she was a proponent for liberation. Click on title of this posting to hear more about this amazing woman!

Quotes from June Jordan’s Essay: A New Politics of Sexuality

“It seems clear to me that deeper and more pervasive than any other oppression, than any other bitterly contested human domain, is the oppression of sexuality, the exploitation of the human domain of sexuality for power.”

“If your heart and your body can be controlled by the state, or controlled by community taboo, are you not then, and in that case, no more than a slave ruled by outside force?”

“If you are free you are not predictable and you are not controllable.”

“Freedom is indivisible.”

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