Join us on Sunday, April 1st for Revival: A Spring Celebration featuring soul-nourishing upliftment with the Thrive Choir, inspiration from guest speaker & theologian Amanda Weatherspoon, heart-moving musical performance from the celebrated duo MaMuse, and a special collective ritual shared in the power of community.
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 gift of community.
When: Sunday, April 1 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.)
Co-Hosts: Cherine Badawi & Aryeh Shell
Music: 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: Amanda Weatherspoon, M.Div is a poet, activist, writer, scholar, queer, womanist, hedonist, revolutionary, and theologian who's down with the revolution. She currently serves as a Unitarian Universalist Minister based in the East Bay. As a Womanist Theologian and Spiritual Humanist, Amanda believes in the power of the collective human spirit and that it is within this spirit that the gifts of grace, creativity, human understanding, healing, and justice are given fully and received.
Guest Artist: MaMuse - With deep roots in the folk and gospel traditions, and their hearts in the present, MaMuse (Sarah Nutting and Karisha Longaker) create uplifting music for the next seven generations to thrive on. Interweaving brilliant and haunting harmony with lyrics born of honed emotional intelligence, MaMuse invokes a musical presence that inspires the opening of the heart. Playing a family of varied acoustic instruments including upright bass, guitar, mandolins, ukulele, and flutes, and backed by inspired drummer (Mike Wofchuck) these two powerful women embody a love for all of life. The synergy that is created through this musical connection is palpable and truly moving to witness. With nine delicious years of co-creation and four full length albums under their belts, MaMuse keep their hearts tuned to the creation of music for the health of ALL BEINGS.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you!
the Thrive East Bay Team