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The Gospel According to Lorren

Written By: Lorren Z. Buck June 17, 2019

Through his theological imagination, the Apostle Paul wrote letters to communities of faith meant to encourage and proclaim the good news.  Similarly, this letter is my attempt to empower women to embrace their sexuality in ways that honor them and resist ways others use tradition to put their bodies under subjection for the exploitation of…

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The Power of Saying ‘Yes’ to the Experiences of Black Womxn

Written By: Cheeraz Gormon June 15, 2019

The source material we call “daily life” is full of parables, psalms, and allegories that have the ability to loosen mental, emotional and spiritual chains. As Black women, we are alive with histories, jokes, and life lessons. Monologues sparked by living slide from our lips in improv fashion during conversation. Our very imaginations create characters…

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“Cancel Culture,” Cancelled?

Written By: Brittíni “Ree Belle” Gray June 1, 2019

At the forefront of today’s movements for social justice, you will find black women. It doesn’t matter the issue because our unique experience at the intersection of oppressed identities makes us primed for frontline action. In the midst of this activity, we are creating cultural norms and behaviors that help shape and define our time.…

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Enjoy The Process! Enjoy Life!

Written By: Lisa M. Pettis, PhD May 15, 2019

“Enjoy the Process!” I heard InPower Institute Director, Dr. April, say during a Spirit Rising session. She had no clue that God had vividly spoken these same words to me years prior, in 2014. She reminded us that so often we are trying to get things “done” instead of enjoying the process and enjoying life.…

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Liberated Living: Insights From Our Founder

Written By: Rebeccah Bennett May 1, 2019

Spring and summer are finally here, surrounding us with new life that is fresh, vibrant and hopeful!  Everything seems to be in full bloom and is flaunting its radiance.  For the flowers and trees, this is not a time for subdued responses to life’s provocations, but rather an opportunity for glorious celebrations of their multicolored…

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Shea Butter

Written By: Brittíni “Ree Belle” Gray April 15, 2019

We do not question the rain when she pours, because she is expected to We do not shun the sun for shining, because he was created to do just that We do not ask the flower to be a tree, or the land to be sea For creation is never confused about who it is…

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Your Answer Will Find You

Written By: Cheeraz Gormon April 1, 2019

A short two years ago, I started on the work of understanding where trauma lives in my bloodline. I recounted stories and family secrets that I ear hustled while grown folks were talking, or that they shared with me in a matter-of-fact way, over holiday plate fixing. The known history of violence that my family…

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Dancing Through Dementia

Written By: Teresa Warren-Gardner and April Warren Grice, PhD March 15, 2019

I was sitting knee to knee with Marchelle at our weekly Spirit Salon at InPower Institute, “a space where people come to get their souls touched up.” Carolyn, our leader for the week, asked us to discuss in pairs what supports us in choosing YES! to life. My response was “everything.” I realize that everything…

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There Comes Sunshine

Written By: Lisa Pettis, PhD March 1, 2019

Have you had times in your life when it seemed as if the sun just wouldn’t shine? I know I have. I’ve had days when it felt like whatever bad could happen did. My husband’s job was jeopardized when the organization he worked for was sold. I took another trip to the hospital due to…

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Jamaica Was…

Written By: ēNiCōL February 15, 2019

Jamaica was… Like golden brown, homemade pie crust That your Mothers’ Mothers made And the secrets to all its ingredients were Warmly Instilled in YOU. Riding through the mountains on June 23, I realized that if I was in America I would have been afraid. A van load of black folks traveling through rural areas…

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