Spiritual Citizenship

A Free Online Conference and Workshop Series

July 13th - 18th | Online

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About the Conference

The events of recent years have inspired a deep collective reckoning that extends to the very heart of what it means to be an engaged citizen. The current struggles around race, culture, gender, and ecology reflect a deep division that calls into question our preconceived notions of who we think we are and what we’re capable of becoming. Across religious and cultural divisions, prophetic voices - inspired and grounded in spiritual traditions - have historically roused and sustained profound movements for social justice. And, as much as spirituality can be a balm and a pacifier, it can also be the fuel and the language that bridges the divisive ground between us. As we seek greater depth in practice and as we form new kinds of community, we are individually and collectively called to reimagine spirituality and citizenship.

Activists like Gandhi, Gaura Devi, Martin Luther King, Simone Weil, Thich Nhat Han, Elie Wiesel, Gustavo Gutierrez, Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa, and the Dalai Lama each spoke from within their religious traditions and across religious boundaries. They worked in response to the needs of their times and they constructively used the languages of their religious and spiritual traditions to ground, inspire, and ultimately transform their communities. As we face the colossal challenges of systemic racism and environmental degradation, we need practices that restore hope, acceptance, and strength. At the same time, we also need critical interventions that can help us reshape our practices so that they are inclusive and sensitive in ways previously unimagined.


Why Now?

The democratization of information, while useful in bringing previously marginalized voices to the center, has also led to the widespread dissemination of misinformation and a resultant fissuring of cultural, national, and international identities. Shared values are crumbling at the same time as they are replaced by a zero-sum game of competing narratives and worldviews. As previous sources of unity and connection like religion and local and national identities continue to ossify, what contemplative perspectives might we look to for guidance on how to mend a broken society and how to heal a fractured world?

In this free online conference, activists, scholar-practitioners, philosophers, and researchers will connect the insights of contemplative traditions to the circumstances of our contemporary world. Through talks, workshops, and panel discussions, these inspired leaders will highlight the silver lining that appears when we augment our current socio-political commitments with the wisdom of spiritual and esoteric traditions. From a growing despair, we will locate the impulse for creative, cultural evolution. From an obsession with apocalyptic possibilities, we will cultivate a vision for the wiser path ahead – even as we face honestly the hard work yet to come.

For spiritual seekers, activists, scholars, researchers, meditators, yogis, and other contemplative folks.

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Speakers 

Keynote Discussion
with Cornel West

In our keynote moderated discussion with Cornel West, co-host of the Spiritual Citizenship Conference, Oneika Mays, will explore the relationship between Cornel West's spiritual and religious commitments and his political activism. By highlighting the example of his many decades of work, through this conversation we will arrive at a notion of what it means to be a spiritually-informed citizen. We will explore what, from Dr. West's perspective, are the most important things we can do today to start living our spiritual practices in a politically engaged way.

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Jasmine K. Syedullah

Dianne Bondy

Andrew Harvey

Jeong-eun Rhee

Andrea Jain

Tiokasin Ghosthorse

Alka Arora

Rita Sherma

Fadeke Castor

Europa Grace

Faith Johnson

Amy Edelstein

Herakhuti Williams

Jeff Wood

Greta Gaard

Day Elliot

Pamela Ayo Yetunde

Naya Jones

Marie Cartier

Ellie Krug

Beth Berila

Devora Neumark

Fred Luskin

Victoria Rutledge

Ramdas Lamb

Neal Dalal

Shreena Gandhi

Tomás Prower

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Francesca Maxime

Leslie Sponsel

Oneika Mays

Marshall (Kai) Green

Schedule

All Times are in EST (East Coast USA) and are subject to change. Click on the "About" link next to each talk title for a full description.

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TUESDAY, July 13th

Citizenship as a Spiritual Practice


10:00am  

Orientation with Co-Hosts Oneika Mays & Jacob Kyle


11:00am  

Spiritual Activism is an Inside Job (About)

Oneika Mays


12:00pm  

The Art & Science of Forgiveness (About)

Fred Luskin


1:00pm  

Rememorying Our Connectivity toward Embodied Spiritual Citizenship (About)

Jeong-eun Rhee


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
Forgive For Good (About)

Workshop Leader: Jeff Luskin

WEDNESDAY, July 14th

Spiritual Activism


10:00am  

Being With: Reflecting on the Spiritual Activism of Gloria Anzaldúa and Audre Lorde (About)

Naya Jones


11:00am  

Living from Wholeness to Transform Our Fragmented World (About)

Amy Edelstein


1:00pm  

Sacred Activism & Radical Regeneration (About)
(Interviewer: Jacob Kyle)

Andrew Harvey - Live Interview with Q&A


3:00pm  

What is Spiritual Activism?
A PANEL DISCUSSION with:

Rita Sherma
Rev. Jeff Hood
Pamela Ayo Yetunde
(About)

Moderator: Oneika Mays


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
The Path to Equity – Yoga, Anti-racism and Action (About)

Workshop Leader: Dianne Bondy

THURSDAY, July 15th

Globalization & Cultural Appropriation


10:00am  

Peace Love Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality (About)

Andrea Jain 


11:00pm  

Understanding the History of Yoga in the US (About)

Shreena Gandhi


12:00pm

Can and Should “My World” become “Our World?” (About)

Ramdas Lamb


3:00pm

Cultural Appropriation
A PANEL DISCUSSION with:

Neil Dalal
Shreena Gandhi
Andrea Jain
(About)

Moderator: Stephanie Corigliano


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
Embodying Anti-Racism as a White Person: The Inner & Outer Work of Dismantling White Supremacy
(About)

Workshop Leader: Beth Berila

FRIDAY, July 16th

Racial Justice & Healing


10:00am  

The Freedom to Stay Fugitive: Embodying a Black feminist practice of abolitionist (About)

Jasmine K. Syedullah


11:00pm  

Cultivating Fierce Compassion: Using Mindfulness to Become an Embodied Antiracist (About)

Francesca Maximé


12:00pm  

Kinship, Accountability, and Radical Loving (About)

Kai M. Green


1:00pm  

Spiritual Citizenship Keynote Discussion
(Interviewer: Oneika Mays)

Cornel West - Live Interview with Q&A


3:00pm  

Racial Healing
A PANEL DISCUSSION with:

Jasmine K. Syedullah

N. Fadeke Castor
Justin Miles
(About)

Moderator: LeTonia Jones


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
Co-Creating Paradise - intuitive & ancestral healing workshop for BIPOC People (About)

Workshop Leaders: Iridescent Collective – Victoria Rutledge, Day Elliot, Europa Grace

SATURDAY, July 17th

Ecospirituality & Environmental Activism


10:00am  

The Bhagavadgītā as Ecospiritual Practice (About)

Neil Dalal


11:00am  

Spiritual Ecology: Exploring Four Elemental Questions (About)

Leslie Sponsel


12:00pm  

Amplifying Presence in/for Climate & Environmental Justice (About)

Devora Neumark


1:00pm  

Queering the EcoDharma, from Desire to Devotion (About)

Greta Gaard - Live Talk with Q&A


3:00pm  

Eco-Spirituality & Environmental Activism
PANEL DISCUSSION with:

Alka Arora

Devora Neumark
Tiokasin Ghosthorse
(About)

Moderator: Jacob Kyle


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
The Act of Listening - Learning from the subtle language of the natural world (About)

Workshop Leader: Faith Johnson

SUNDAY, July 18th

Queerness, Gender & Sexuality


10:00am  

Multicultural Queer Mythology (About)

Tomás Prower


11:00am 

In Our Own Names: Honoring Sexual and Gender Diversity and Rainbow Flag Imperialism (About)

Herukhuti Sharif Williams - Live Talk w. Q&A


12:00pm

The Significance and Sacrality of Lesbian Bars Pre and Post Stonewall (About)

Marie Cartier


1:00pm  

The Courage to be Queer (About)

Rev. Jeff Hood - Live Talk with Q&A


3:00pm  

Queerness & Spiritual Citizenship
PANEL DISCUSSION with:

Ellie Krug

Tomas Prower
Marie Cartier
(About)

Moderator: Jacob Kyle


6:00pm  

WORKSHOP*
Sacred Feminism Workshop: Wisdom, Healing, and Social Justice (About)

Workshop Leader: Alka Arora

The 6pm Daily WORKSHOP SERIES is only available to those with a Workshops Package Ticket.
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The Workshop Series

Live Workshops designed to integrate the work explored throughout the conference. Click on the button below each Workshop title for a full description. All workshops are scheduled to begin at 6pm ET / 3pm PT each day.

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TUESDAY
Forgive For Good -
Guided Practices to Forgiveness

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WEDNESDAY
The Path to Equity – Yoga, Anti-racism and Action

THURSDAY
Embodying Anti-Racism as a White Person: The Inner & Outer Work of Dismantling White Supremacy

FRIDAY
Co-Creating Paradise - Intuitive & Ancestral Healing Workshop for BIPOC People

SATURDAY
The Act of Listening - Learning from the Subtle Language of the Natural World

SUNDAY
Sacred Feminism Workshop: Wisdom, Healing, and Social Justice

Ticketing Options

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Over the course of the 6-day schedule, you will be able to watch all sessions (except workshops) for FREE within 24 hours of the scheduled session time. Sessions are a mix of live and pre-recorded events. Panels are live.

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About Your Hosts

Oneika Mays

Oneika Mays, LMT, E-RYT (she,her) transitioned to yoga and meditation from a 20 year career in corporate retail leadership over 10 years ago. Oneika used that experience to support social justice non-profits and teach meditation and yoga inside jails. Today, she is the first Mindfulness Coach at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. At Rikers she works one-on-one with community members in a therapeutic/medical setting. Sessions are a combination of modalities and are infused with compassion. These sessions are meant to help people foster resilience and agency. She believes that our justice system needs to focus on transformation and restoration rather than punishment. This idea of liberation and compassion is woven into her work whether it’s in a jail or teaching meditation. In addition to teaching meditation and yoga Oneika facilitates workshops and trainings around the country centered around resilience, liberation and compassion. She believes that meditation, movement and mindfulness practices can forge a path to freedom. Power for the people.


Jacob Kyle

Jacob Kyle, MA, MSc, (he/him) is a meditation teacher, writer, philosophy educator and the Founding Director of Embodied Philosophy, an online educational platform for wisdom studies and contemplative practices. Jacob holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and Political Science (2007) and an MA in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research (2013). In 2020, Jacob was initiated as an Acharya (authorized teacher) of Neelakhanta Meditation in the tradition of Blue Throat Yoga by scholar-practitioner Paul Muller-Ortega. Jacob is a devoted student and practitioner of the Śaiva-Śakta Darśana.

About Your Moderators

LeTonia Jones

MindBody Studies
Managing Editor
Embodied Philosophy

LeTonia A. Jones, MSW/Empowerment Practitioner is the Managing Editor for MindBody Studies at Embodied Philosophy. She is a social justice advocate, death penalty abolitionist, educator, newspaper columnist and poet. LeTonia earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky. She was certified as an Empowerment Practitioner by the Empowerment Institutein Rhinebeck, NY. As a death penalty abolitionist she provides mitigation services to capital defense teams in order to preserve the lives of her clients. Jones’ work is rooted in advocacy on behalf of marginalized voices and healing from traumas induced by systemic racism and oppression.

Mika Gainer

Digital Community Manager
Embodied Philosophy

Mika is a community leadership and yoga facilitator at the intersections of racial, economic, and healing justice in order to empower everyday civic alignment. Her passion is to support interactive experiences in a pragmatic way with a sense of dry humor. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Marketing from Rollins College, a 500hr yoga teacher training from Ignite Yoga & Wellness Institute and Yoga Blue Fitness, and certificates in somatic coaching, public speaking and herbalism. She is an aspiring writer currently tucked away in sunny Florida exploring vishoka meditation and just keeps swimming through her love/hate relationship with social media.

Stephanie Corigliano

Yoga Philosophy
Managing Editor
Embodied Philosophy

Stephanie Corigliano, PhD, is an adjunct professor in the Religious Studies department at Humboldt State University and Gwynedd Mercy University, editor of Tarka, and Co-director of the Yoga Philosophy Certificate program at Embodied Philosophy. As a yoga practitioner and mother of two active boys, she also maintains a 28 acre homestead in Northern California where she tends to bees and grows a variety of fruits and vegetables.