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Dyron Holmes
Brother Dyron Holmes is an educator, theatre artist, monastic and founder of The Peoples Monastery. The Peoples Monastery serves community through artistic offerings, educational forums and ritual while illuminating spiritual and cultural commonalities within all of humanity. He is an ordained interfaith minister (One Spirit Seminary) and monk (Order of Universal Interfaith). He has been an educator for over twenty years where he has created numerous curriculums including programs in New York homeless shelters, long-term suspension/probation/re-entry sites, Jewish and Christian community centers, as well as multiple arts initiatives in the New York City school system for students of all ages. He has practiced and /or studied Christianity, Orthodox Islam, Buddhism, forms of Hinduism, Judaism and the Indigenous African practices of Ifa. As a spiritualist, he is a wedding officiant, spiritual counselor and creator of modern rituals for individuals, groups and communities. He also completed a year-long residency at Holy Cross Anglican Benedictine monastery. Brother Dyron is fully committed to expanding the circle of universal faith in ways that speak truth to each individual where her or his light shines the brightest.

Contemplative Activism Panel
This panel discussion will explore the intersection of activism & the contemplative spiritual path and discuss how we can pursue justice in a the world in a way that is informed by a deeply rooted contemplative spirituality. The panelists come from a variety of spiritual backgrounds and disciplines and have found their own ways of integrating contemplation with action to manifest grounded, healing, and spiritually-infused methods of living out a justice-seeking life. Ways to bring this work home into your own context will be explored, examples of the work of those already manifesting contemplative activism will be offered, and there will be a discussion of practices which infuse the contemplative path into this work.

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