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Living In The Both-And

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First Congregational Church of Oakland

2501 Harrison Street

Oakland, CA 94612

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Join us on Sunday, May 6th for Living in the Both-And: Despair and Possibility in Perilous Times featuring guest speaker, scholar, and spiritual activist Liza Rankow, guest artist, songwriter & 'harpist from the hood' Destiny Muhammad, and the heart-opening Thrive Choir.

How do we hold both the beauty and the terror of the times we inhabit? How do we stay open to fury and tenderness, present to the traumas without becoming overwhelmed by them? Where do we find hope, resilience, and a vision of possibility for ourselves and our world?

What: Thrive Sundays are an opportunity to connect with a diverse and inspiring group of people; to be uplifted by music, singing, poetry, and story; and to experience the transformative power of community in service to a just and flourishing world for all.

When: Sunday, May 6 from 4 - 6pm (please arrive on time!)
Food & Connecting from 6 - 7pm

Where: First Congregational Church of Oakland (walkable from 19th Street Bart station)
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
(This venue is wheelchair accessible.)

Theme: Living in the Both-And: Despair and Possibility in Perilous Times


Thrive Choir: The Thrive Choir was born to sing music for the revolution. They are a diverse group of vocalists, artists, activists, educators, healers, and community organizers based in Oakland, California - directed by Bay area musicians Austin Willacy and Kyle Lemle. Their heartfelt and soul-stirring original music is a fusion of gospel, soul, and folk.




Guest Speaker: Dr. Liza J. Rankow is an interfaith minister, educator, and activist. She is the founding director of OneLife Institute, a POC-centered organization serving at the intersection of spirituality and social action. The mission of OneLife mirrors her own: to nurture, inspire, and sustain people committed to healing and justice. Liza has provided counseling and offered classes and workshops in spiritual development for over 25 years. She is known for bringing compassion, creativity, and insight to the process of individual and collective healing and transformation. As a scholar, her main interest is exploring the powerful synergy between mysticism and social change. She maintains a special emphasis in the life and work of Dr. Howard Thurman, teaching a variety of classes on Thurman in both academic and community settings. Liza is co-editor and producer of the six-CD audio collection, “The Living Wisdom of Howard Thurman,” published by Sounds True in 2010.



Guest Artist: Destiny Muhammad is a recording & performing artist, band leader, composer, producer, and celebrated soundstress. Her genre "Celtic to Coltrane™" is cool and eclectic with a feel of Jazz & storytelling to round out the sonic experience. Destiny has opened for The Oakland East Bay Symphony and Smooth Jazz Artist Gerald Albright, shared the stage with Jazz Masters Marcus Shelby, Omar Sosa, Blue Note Artist Ambrose Akisemuire, and Azar Lawrence to name a few. She has headlined for 'Women in Jazz' Concert series, the AfroSolo/ Yerba Buena Gardens Concert Festival, Sunday’s in the Redwoods Concert, Fest Sundiata and SFJAZZ Tribute to Alice Coltrane's epic album Impulse Release 'Journey in Satchitdananda'. Destiny is the Principal Harpist for the Eddie Gale Inner Peace Orchestra, the Oakland Community Orchestra and performs with The AWESOME Orchestra.

Cost: No one will be turned away for lack of funds. There is a suggested sliding scale contribution of $10 - $20 to help us cover our costs. You are invited to contribute what you are called to and able to.

RSVP here on Eventbrite. Please RSVP here, and invite your family, friends, and neighbors, keeping in mind that we are building an intentionally diverse community of people from many races & ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, income ranges, and ages. You can invite people on the Facebook event here.

Food: Please bring a vegan dish or snack to share with others during the social hour following the program.

Childcare: Please bring your little ones to participate in our childcare offered for free during the event. Reservations are required so we can plan accordingly. If you would like a spot for your child or children, please RSVP at team@thriveeastbay.org.

Volunteers: We are seeking volunteers to help with the set-up and break-down of this event. If you are available to arrive early or stay late, please let us know at team@thriveeastbay.org.

We look forward to seeing you!

In partnership,
the Thrive East Bay Team
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