In this half-day retreat, we will honor Hindu religious perspectives and devotional practices as well as the power of interfaith spirituality and its expression. We’ll explore the practices of sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, prayer, ritual and silence, and explore other modes of spiritual reflection known to facilitate compassion, well-being and exquisite self-care.
Rev. Dr. Abhi Janamanchi, the senior minister at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD, was born and raised in Southern India. He is a third-generation member of the Brahmo Samaj, a Unitarian Hindu reform movement with ties to Unitarian Universalism. Rev. Janamanchi has been actively involved in international interfaith and multicultural work for over two decades. His UU-Hindu faith, his Indian heritage, and his American citizenship inspire and guide him in his life and ministry. He currently serves as the UUA’s Ambassador to the Unitarian Union of Northeast India and Chennai Unitarian Christian Church. He is the co-editor and co-contributor of two Skinner House books: Falling into The Sky: A Meditation Anthology and Katha Sagar, Ocean of Stories.
Rev. Dr. Joanne Braxton serves as a half-time consulting minister at All Souls Church Unitarian and CEO and lead creative for the Braxton Institute for Sustainability, Resiliency, and Joy. An African-American elder and healer who learned to meditate in an abandoned plum grove as a child, she specializes in the care of the soul. Rev. Braxton earned the M.T.S. degree in Spiritual Disciplines for Leadership from the Pacific School of Religion and the M.Div. in Ministry from the School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She holds the rank of adjunct professor of family and community medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and serves as a wellness consultant to scientists at the National Institutes of Health.