Date(s) - 11/02/2021
11:00 am - 11:45 am
“Who Are We…Feeling Into Our TruthS”
The seasonal wheel of our year has brought us fully into fall. The turning has brought us to another first Tuesday Starr King for the Ministry Chapel Service. Please come and lend your energy on zoom or in person at Mills College Chapel.
Seminarians, Lauren Forest, Hunter Leight, Travis MacPhee, and Rosalind Schwartz have turned their prayerful attention to “Who Are We…Feeling Into Our TruthS”. Their personal reflections will be supported with music performed by our guest musician Trente Morant. You do not want to miss an opportunity to sing We Are by Sweet Honey in the Rock. Yes, there will be time for small group conversations, prayer, meditation and an powerful video. Larkin Flora will ground our bodies and open us to Spirit with a 10-minute meditation loop from 10:50 to 11:00. We will end our ritual together with fellowship on Zoom and outside on the beautiful grounds of the Chapel.
If you choose to join in person, you will be warmly greeted by our greeters, Kate Lenhardt and Rev. Becky Leyser. They will offer you a mask if one is needed, support you sitting a healthy distance from each other and singing just outside the doors with no mask if you would like.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, Thanksgiving, Veterans Day, Hanukkah, and Election Day, all recognized in the month of November. Do you identify with any of these? Who Are You? What are some of your truthS? It is good to be together to bear witness to whatever is true.
Chapel Co-Creation Team
Ros is a first-year divinity student at Starr King, pursuing an MDiv degree and interfaith chaplaincy. Prior to starting school, Ros worked in the reproductive justice space and brings a focus on gender and bodily autonomy to her studies. Ros is a yoga practitioner and finds spiritual grounding in the philosophies of Advaita Vedanta and the bhakti movement. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina with her spouse and beloved dog friend, Olive.
Lauren Forest is a second semester Master of Divinity Student at Starr King School for the Ministry. Lauren is honored to walk alongside fellow students among the cohort of Spring of 2021 and be a supportive witness and colleague as the sacred paths unfold for each of the members of this group. Lauren lives on an island, accessible only by ferry boat, and spends much time outdoors in communion with fellow sentient beings including eagles, shorebirds, raccoons, and cedar and fir trees.
My pronouns are he, him, and his. I am a first-year divinity student at Starr King. I am intending to become an interfaith chaplain. I live with my partner, Daisy Bodman (also a first-year divinity student at Starr King), on Ohlone land (Bay Area, California). Family, friends, and teachers are very important to me. I very much enjoy communing with them. I am glad for the opportunity to commune with you!
Hunter Leight is a student at Starr King School for the Ministry in the Master of Arts in Social Change program and Chaplaincy Concentration. Their background is in organizing within the realms of sex worker rights and harm reduction for drug users in underground nightlife networks. Hunter is training at Starr King with a desire to meet the spiritual needs of these underserved populations. They currently work as a counselor and coach for people navigating challenges with sexuality, gender, and relationships.
Trente Morant – Guest Musician
Trente Morant has been a Bay Area resident for more than 40 years, and is an accomplished conductor, arranger, accompanist, and performer. He was Music Director of the Berkeley Broadway Singers for five years and Artistic Director for the Oakland Youth Chorus for sixteen years. Trente earned his degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, and for many years toured the country as performer and lecturer specializing in music from the Harlem Renaissance. Bay area audiences have seen him in performances of Pippin, Porgy and Bess, the Bernstein Mass, the Messiah, and Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. These were productions with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, the Alameda Civic Light Opera and at the Woodminster Outdoor Theater. For years he served as Choir Director or pianist for First Congregation in Oakland, First Unitarian of Oakland, Bancroft Avenue Baptist, and Beth Eden Baptist churches. During the school year, Trente always returns to his first love of teaching music to young children.