Catherine Meeks

Executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing

Pádraig Ó Tuama

Irish Poet, theologian, and conflict mediator

and of course, live music by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble

Celebration of Life


The celebration of the life, love and ministry of Fran McKendree will be Saturday, September 11th at 2:00pm at Kanuga Conference Center, Hendersonville, NC.

For those interested in housing at Kanuga a registration link will be available shortly.

Fran McKendree

May 9,1947 – June 10, 2021


Rest In Peace, Rise in Glory Fran! Beloved spouse, brother, friend and companion on the journey, the angels are singing more soulfully than ever. As we lean into our grief may we also embrace the blessing of Fran in our lives. We have been blessed, let us be a blessing.

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a sacred space of hospitality where we can find rest, respite, and renewal
abundant food for hungry souls; intellectual and spiritual nourishment that both challenges and nurtures
deep conversation, uplifting music, evocative art and spirit-filled worship, encouraging us to look deeply into our lives and choices, energizing us as we return to our communities

A note about registration -     

Thank you for your patience as details are finalized.

In the meantime, please make sure that you have the AwakeningSoul 2021 dates on your calendar. November 4-7

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