Universal Call to Rise

“With courage comes divine possibility.”

-Yogacharya O’Brian

During this period of global pandemic, the undertones of inequality and racism have surfaced and the outcry for racial justice resounds. Many are experiencing the universal call to rise and contribute to the health and healing of all. Amanda Gorman, poet and activist, writes “for while we have our eyes on the future, history has its eyes on us”.

Practitioners of Kriya Yoga are not exempt from facing the reality of racism. In fact, Yoga provides everything we need to engage in this powerful, challenging, and most essential work of our time.

Following the killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Yogacharya O’Brian invited Rev. Nita Shankari and I to join a group of CSE ministers and leaders to engage in a process of self-inquiry, study, and surrender around the topic of racism. Our time together was infused with love, respect, and a willingness to have the courage to engage in the process deeply.

Together, we created a program for others to do the same. Racial Justice, Spiritual Practice, and Compassionate Right Action is now open to all of you. By engaging in this work, hope and inspiration arise. That which is ours to do reveals itself to us. Registration is required and space is filling up quickly.

I’m deeply inspired to engage in this work with you so we may create an atmosphere on unity, love, and acceptance within our very own spiritual community. I hold a vision of a unified world free from racism where diversity is not only accepted but celebrated. We must begin right where we are.

Rev. Julie Hitchcock

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