With Love And Justice For All

As founders of project_SANCTUS, Rev. Kelly Isola and Rev. Ogun Holder are committed to creating a safe, brave, online space to be our holiest selves together. This includes addressing the one thing that affects all of us, that has been responsible for much of the pain, inequality, and injustice in our country: systemic racism. On WITH LOVE AND JUSTICE FOR ALL Kelly and Ogun have conversations around embodied antiracism, dismantling oppression, fostering liberation, and the special challenges that arise for spiritual seekers. Join them in this challenging spiritual work of healing and transformation, and create a world of love, justice and liberation. Learn more at projectsanctus.com

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Tuesday Jan 24, 2023

We continue our discussion around creating safe[r] spaces with visual artist and workshop facilitator Jenny Hahn. Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art, and her acrylic paintings and giclée prints are collected around the world as well as licensed for inspirational products including book covers, calendars, posters, and most recently the Wisdom of the Shadow and Wisdom of the Divine Feminine oracle card decks.
Her workshops help people recover their innate wholeness and creativity using painting as a tool for mindfulness and self-discovery. Her innate magic is to uplift and inspire with images that feed the heart and soul. She says her painting is her connection to the mystery.
Learn more about Jenny and purchase her work at jennyhahnart.com
Learn more about our work at projectsanctus.com

Tuesday Jan 17, 2023

Beloved community, a term popularized by Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, was not simply a welcoming space as determined by majority comfort. It's a community in which everyone is cared for, absent of poverty, hunger, and hate, in which we work to eradicate what King called the Triple Evils: Poverty, Racism, Militarism. To create such safe spaces involves the uncomfortable and sometimes messy work of examining how we uphold the Triple Evils, both individually and collectively.
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Friday Jan 13, 2023

We talk about modern-day reparations, Covid catching up to white bodies, Trans folk being dishonored even in death, and some other headlines you might have missed. Article sources below. Visit projectsanctus.com for more info about our events and to make a donation.

Tuesday Jan 10, 2023

Ahead of Martin Luther King, Jr Day and the National Day of Racial Healing we have a conversation about how "Healing" has been conflated for maintaining comfort, what healing actually means, and how MLK Jr's concept of Beloved Community invites both connection and discomfort.
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Ep.69 - New Year, More Us.

Friday Jan 06, 2023

Friday Jan 06, 2023

We're back after the holidays with a discussion around our 2023 intentions as individuals and as a platform and community committed to creating an antiracist culture.
More info + event registration at projectsanctus.com

Tuesday Dec 13, 2022

Problematic AI selfies and facial recognition, Black people dying sooner because racism, RIP Dorothy Pitman Hughes, and other headlines you might have missed. Links to articles referenced in show below:

Friday Dec 09, 2022

We welcome Rabbi Eli Freedman for a wonderful and enlightening conversation with  about Judaism, antisemitism, and what's our to do at time when misinformation is fueling a rise in antisemitic rhetoric and violence.
Rabbi Eli Freedman serves the Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, PA. Prior to joining the clergy team at Rodeph Shalom, Rabbi Freedman served as Rabbinic Intern at the NYU Hillel, spent three years of rabbinical school in London and ran the outreach and engagement program at Columbia/Barnard Hillel. Rabbi Freedman’s major areas of work at Rodeph Shalom include RiSe Up! (Social Justice) Initiative, Families with Young Children, and young adult work.

Tuesday Dec 06, 2022

Advent is already underway, but it's not the only holiday observed at this time of year. When is it appropriate to celebrate other traditions not created for our race or ethnicity? We discuss, as well as take a deconstructed view of Advent.

Friday Dec 02, 2022

In a recently published article, writer and activist adrienne maree brown invites us to embrace  a few key activities and perspectives that will help create a future that is nourishing for all of us.

Tuesday Nov 29, 2022

We talk about Giving Tuesday as a tool to upend capitalism, real life aftermath of abortion laws in Texas, the colorism of Black Panther Wakanda Forever, and other headlines you might have missed. Links mentioned in the episode below:

Ep.63 - Dangerous Speech

Friday Nov 25, 2022

Friday Nov 25, 2022

As the Club Q mass shooting showed us, these are more dangerous times for some, and it's being fuels by dangerous speech. In this episode we take a look at what constitutes dangerous speech, how it's different than hate speech, and what we can do when we see and hear it. We use some recent exchanges from our social media accounts as examples. Links mentioned int he podcast below:
DANGEROUS SPEECH: A PRACTICAL GUIDE -- https://dangerousspeech.org/guide/
Rev Ogun's Instagram Post -- https://www.instagram.com/p/ClTmKP9uf2Z/
The right’s moral panic over “grooming” invokes age-old homophobia -- https://www.vox.com/culture/23025505/leftist-groomers-homophobia-satanic-panic-explained
THE GLOBAL RIGHT WING’S BIZARRE OBSESSION WITH PEDOPHILIA -- https://fpif.org/the-global-right-wings-bizarre-obsession-with-pedophilia/
How age-old homophobic language is being used to miseducate voters -- https://edition.cnn.com/2022/10/27/us/rhetoric-lgbtq-midterms-race-deconstructed-newsletter-reaj

Ep.62 - Connecting The Dots

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

Tuesday Nov 22, 2022

In the wake of the Club Q mass shooting, we connect the dots between such senseless acts of terror against the LGBTQ+ community, the current conservative political rhetoric, and white supremacy cultural norms.

Saturday Nov 19, 2022

In a welcome surprise, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently announced their support for the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill enshrining protections for marriage equality. We discuss this and other headlines you might have missed.

Thursday Nov 10, 2022

We recap the midterm elections results up to the time of recording, as a well as some other headlines you might have missed.

Ep.60 - Democracy Stress Test

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

Tuesday Nov 08, 2022

We're recording on election day so we might be a little stressed. Today we discuss how we, and Democracy, will hold up and navigate not just through today, but in the days, weeks, months and, heaven forbid, years to follow.

Ep.58 - Talking To Your People

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

With volatile midterms weeks away, and the holidays right on the heels, we see more and more people struggling to have difficult conversations about racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Very often these become intense disagreements, drawn in party lines, or instead are people opt for staying silent, and ignoring the elephants in the room, which feels inauthentic and hopeless. In advance of our upcoming workshop TALKING TO YOUR PEOPLE we discuss the challenges of such conversations, and tease the framework we will share in the workshop. More info and registration at projectsanctus.com/events/talking-to-your-people

Friday Oct 28, 2022

Rihanna makes us cry with new music, Toni Morrison gets more flowers, voter intimidation is still a thing, and other headlines you might have missed. Links to articles from episode below.

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

In advance of our upcoming conscious antiracism event LOVE & RAGE: A CONTEMPLATIVE PLAYSHOP ON LIBERATION THROUGH ANGER, we talk about  redefining our relationship with anger, loving ourselves deeper, and decolonizing towards wholeness.
More info and registration for the event at https://projectsanctus.com/events/love-and-rage/

Friday Oct 21, 2022

Even more restrictive laws may be coming down the road, a student-painted mural stokes panic, two legendary actresses get their flowers, and more.

Tuesday Oct 18, 2022

Intersectionality is the complex, cumulative manner in which the effects of different forms of discrimination combine, overlap, or intersect”. It means that different forms of discrimination don’t exist in a vacuum – for those who embody different marginalized identities, these often overlap and amplify each other to create a unique experience of discrimination that is more than just the sum of its parts. 
In anticipation of our upcoming workshop, we have preliminary discussion about Intersectionality, including a real-time activity that puts Ogun on the spot.
For more workshop info and registration visit https://projectsanctus.com/events/intersectionality-why-a-new-prism-is-needed/

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