Experience or Re-Experience
Justice is the Body of Love ~ Love is the Soul of Justice
Ed Bacon, Heidi Kim, Catherine Meeks, and Larry Maze
the AwakeningSoul Ensemble
LIVE RECORDINGS NOW AVAILABLE !
We are very excited to offer recordings of our most recent AwakeningSoul gathering. We are making these recordings available by download, flash drive, or set of CDs.
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The entire package of 7 talks and conversations plus 9 songs by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble is available as three volumes for $85.
An album of 9 songs and chants recorded live is available for $15.00 or the songs can be individually downloaded for $1.75 each. Both the album and the individual songs are also available through iTunes, Amazon, etc and streaming sites (i.e. Spotify).
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The flash drive will include all seven talks and conversations. Interwoven with the talks are 9 songs and chants by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble. Also included are biographies of all the presenters and musicians as well as a slide show of pictures from AwakeningSoul 2018 and a surprise bonus folder. The flash drive will be shipped to you for a total cost of $85 (within the United States).
7 CD set
The CD set will include all seven talks and conversations. Interwoven with the talks are 9 songs and chants by the AwakeningSoul Ensemble. The the seven CD set will be shipped to you for a total cost of $85 (within the United States).
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Who you will hear ....
After 20 plus years as the rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena Ed is now rector emeritus there. He is perhaps most widely known for his appearances on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday Series. He is the author of 8 Habits of Love: Overcome Fear and Transform Your Life.
It was a meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in 1967 which shaped his worldview and ministry. Ed is an advocate for peace, justice, and inclusivity. Common themes of his work are: leadership in anxious/perilous times, interfaith relations, and the integration of family, faith, and work. He has been a voice for the poor and oppressed, for those whose gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and/or color have caused discrimination. He has been an outspoken critic of our nation’s war policies – especially in the middle east.
After retiring in 2016, Ed and his wife, Hope Hendricks-Bacon, moved to Birmingham, AL to be near their children and grandchildren. In retirement he has found himself engaged in a whole new level of activism working as a “freelance priest” supporting such progressive causes as the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, and the Equal Justice initiative. In January 2019, Ed become interim rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
Heidi Kim is the staff officer for Racial Reconciliation for the Episcopal Church. She is responsible for facilitating the establishment and growth of networks in the Church that confront structural issues of racism in society and in the church. Her approach is grounded in the church’s mission to “…restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” She believes that true reconciliation involves lovingly embracing the vast diversity of background, belief, and experience found in the Body of Christ, and finding the resilience to love in the face of difference and conflict. Heidi likes to say that being in right relationship needs to be more important than being right.
Heidi has an extensive background in both secondary and higher education. She served for six years as Diversity Director for a Jesuit high school. She taught courses at the college level in Sociology, Anthropology, Women’s/Gender Studies, American Studies, and Ethnic Studies. Heidi also has extensive experience as a professional classical soprano, having sung with several of the nation’s top chamber choirs. She currently serves as the soprano section leader for the critically acclaimed ensemble, Seattle Pro Musica.
Heidi lives in Seattle, WA with her husband, Alec Campbell. They have two daughters, Fiona and Kiera.
Catherine Meeks is executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta. Prior to this role, she was the Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio Cultural Studies at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA. At the heart of her life’s work is the belief that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite. She understands her role to be “a midwife” to the soul of her students and workshop participants.
Catherine is a champion for people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender, or physical ability. She is a fierce advocate as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness, and a more abundant life. She is passionate about creating “brave spaces” where individuals can come together to practice truth-telling with the goal of healing and the creation of “beloved community.”
Catherine has had many great teachers: her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross cultural stories, and other books of wisdom. But perhaps her greatest teacher has been rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D from Emory University.
Larry Maze claims he was born on the wrong side of the tracks in Havre, Montana in 1943. He says he didn’t discover that his family was poor until he went to school. Larry hated school. As he got older, he skipped school as often as possible and finally quit to join the Navy. It was there that he acquired a passion for learning. Larry went on to receive a B.S, M.S., MDiv, two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1973. He served congregations in both Montana and Mississippi. In 1994, he was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas where he served for 13 years. Throughout his 34 years in active ministry he was a persistent advocate for justice.
In the midst of his career in the church, Larry began reading and studying the works of C.G. Jung. It transformed his life as a priest. Jungian spirituality, dream work, and how these intersect with Christian spirituality became an integral part of his work and ministry. A well-known lecturer on the interface between depth psychology and the church, Larry is a long-time faculty member of the Haden Institute's Dream and Spirituality Conference.
He lives with his husband, George, in Frankfort, KY.
The AwakeningSoul Ensemble gathers annually to provide music for the AwakeningSoul Conference in Asheville, NC.
The 2018/2019 members are;
Founder ~ Fran McKendree ~ vocals, acoustic guitar, Appalachian dulcimer
Lindsey Blount ~ vocals
Isabel Castellvi ~ cello, vocals, electric/acoustic guitar
River Guerguerian ~ percussion
Charles Milling ~ acoustic/electric guitar, bass, vocals
Chris Rosser ~ keyboards, electric/acoustic guitar, vocals
The songs from Justice is the Body of Love ~ Love is the Soul of Justice were recorded live at the 2018 event.
Music is an integral part of the AwakeningSoul experience, it is woven throughout the daily happenings - worship, talks by our presenters, time set aside for reflection and meditation, and gathering. Lindsey and Fran have been the main composers of the original music the ASE offers, and the arrangements evolve through an open door approach… all members are encouraged to contribute in the shaping of the songs or chants.
This process is a very organic and spiritual experience. Although it takes patience and commitment, it is truly amazing how the music becomes a reflection of the personality and inner nature of each of the members. Often wonderfully different from what the composers had envisioned, the arrangements and improvisational aspect of the performances are imbued with presence and a deep connectedness to the moment in which they are being offered, a rare and gracious gift.
This collection features, on many of the selections, the soulfully angelic voice of Lindsey Blount.
She can move you to tears (Grace Awaits), light up the room with a bit of scat improv (Omnia Vincet Amor), inspire and challenge you (Justice and Love), or bring new life and spark to an ancient melody (Come and Seek the Ways of Wisdom). Each of the other truly gifted members of the ASE bring their passion and vision to every song, chant or improvisation. Isabel’s cello can dance like sunlight on the water or drop you into the deep stillness of mystery. Charles’ guitar can drive a truck or waft gracefully in the clouds. River’s world of instruments and percussion skills are a marvel to behold - he is one of the greats of our time, capable of incredible drive and complexity one minute and graceful tenderness the next. Chris, the newest member of the ASE, brings a finely tuned ear for just the right chord change, lift or synth pad, a rich baritone voice and great song writing/arranging skills. Fran brings what someone described as a voice and spirit that connect the deep yearning of the soul with the playfulness of a kite, dancing in the wind. The combined vocal harmonies (Morning Comes and Evening Comes) are absolutely lovely. Together the ASE helps shape a container, a crucible, for the four days of each AwakeningSoul event and into the days that follow.
Our hope is that this recording will be an invitation to a threshold crossing… into the world of what happens when six artists give themselves to the following of their call, listen to their hearts and bring the love!