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Public Mysticism in the African Tradition

Broadcast on August 17, 2022
With Therese Taylor-Stinson
Hosted by Mike Morrell

Our most prominent public mystic in the African Tradition was Harriet Tubman, a conductor along the Underground railroad, a spy for the Union, and a caregiver and healer for Union soldiers during the Civil War. Therese Taylor-Stinson shares how Indigenous African mysticism emphasizes that our innate gifts given to us by an unknowable Supreme Being are meant for our use in our communities to heal, uplift, and encourage others to serve others with the gifts they are given. To do so is evidence of internal liberation.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • In indigenous belief systems, mysticism is a gift given in one's community
  • Emotional emancipation or internal liberation is at the core of our ability to hear "the sound of the genuine" in our daily lives
  • Anyone can be a mystic if they desire it and allow themselves to uncover the Divine image within
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Therese Taylor-Stinson

Founding Managing Member, Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd.

Therese Taylor-Stinson is a retired federal senior program analyst, formerly an expert in federal regulatory activity, and remains on the roster of the Federal Interagency Shared Neutrals Program as a lead mediator for Equal Employment Opportunity disputes. She is a seasoned spiritual director, an award-winning author and editor, and an ordained deacon and ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Therese, an organizer, won recognition in 2018 as a Collaborative Bridge-Builder presented by Grace and Race, Inc., and an Indie Author Legacy Award for her edited work Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: Stories of Contemplation and Justice.

Therese is also the founder and organizer of the Racial Awareness Festival, which recently completed its sixth annual event and seventh year of organizing. She is the founding managing member of the Spiritual Directors of Color Network, Ltd., in its 14th year and incorporated 8 years as a 501(3)(c) nonprofit. In addition to the above, she is a certified pastoral caregiver and an emotional emancipation circle facilitator. 

Therese Taylor-Stinson