Raise It Up Gospel Hour Brunch
A rousing celebration of love and spirit!
This event is included when you sign up for our weekend retreat Journey to Easter. Consider joining us for the whole weekend to celebrate the mysteries of faith! Click here for information on the weekend package !
Enjoy a full Easter Brunch with Baked Ham and all the fixings, plus a rousing performance of the Raise It Up Gospel Hour ! The Raise It Up Gospel Hour is a re-imagining of our connection to spirit using traditional and original inspirational music and storytelling. It is a ministry combining the talents of award winning singer-songwriters Rev Yolanda and Freddy Freeman. Both Rev Yolanda and Freddy Freeman have had years of experience, facilitating spiritual workshops,offering spiritual counselling, designing church services, and producing music festivals for diverse communities, including LGBTQ people and their allies. This is a ministry of radical love and acceptance, emphasizing what is good in each of us and what connects us. The Raise It Up Gospel Hour gives people an opportunity to reconnect through music, with a rich spiritual tradition, they may have felt alienated from in the past. As interfaith ministers, Rev Yolanda and Freddy Freeman combine traditional southern gospel tunes like "I'll Fly Away", "Amazing Grace" and "Just As I Am" with their own originals compositions inspired by teachings like New Thought, Unity, Buddhism and A Course In Miracles. It is a rousing, heartwarming, hand-clapping, sing along celebration of spirit. With sincere faith, musical excellence, harmonies, and a dash of wit and humor, Rev Yolanda and Freddy will open your heart, help you feel more connected, and make your soul smile.
Rev. Yolanda is a MAC award winning singer songwriter, Interfaith minister and gender bending performance artist who writes and performs Original and Traditional Gospel & Inspirational music. Rev. Yolanda is a member of the GLBT Hall of Fame, alongside such notables as Harvey Milk and gender bender DIVINE. Rev. Yolanda will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame on Feb. 11, 2015 at BB Kings in NYC for her cd "Country Gospel Kirtan" (submitted for Grammy nomination 2013) and her lifelong dedication to Southern musical genres.He/she has been called -" Dolly Parton plus Louise Hay with a heapin helpin of Mrs. Doubtfire". Rev.Yolanda's performances are celebratory experiences of worship, praise and gratitude for Life !
Freddy Freeman is an award winning Singer-Songwriter, music producer, festival organizer and spiritual facilitator. He has organized LGBTQ music events like Qnity, Bearapalooza and Out in the Woods, and has been nominated three times for Outmusician of the year. He is a music instructor for Arts in the Woods, a summer arts camp for at-risk LGBTQ youth at Easton Mountain, a spiritual retreat center, and the organizer of Bear Your Soul, a spiritual retreat for the Bear community. He has toured festivals and venues across the country where he has shared stages with artists like Cyndi Lauper, Indigo Girls and Toshi Reagon, and his music has been featured in the major motion picture "Bear City" and on radio programs such as Queer Music Heritage (KPFT Houston), and "Music Speaks Louder Thank Words" (Unity.FM) His discovery of a new spiritual path has led him to create new music. His third album "Raise it up" is all about love, forgiveness, empowerment, spirit, and community.He says " Music has the power to touch hearts and help people love themselves more. People who love themselves and feel empowered will carry that out into their communities, and that's how we change the world. One heart at a time"
$25 per person if you book
includes a full Easter Brunch with Baked Ham and all the fixins plus the award winning talents of Freddy Freeman and Rev. Yolanda in the Raise It Up Gospel Hour!
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