Sacred Space and Contested Terrain: Jeanne Kilde at TEDxUMN

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Jeanne Halgren Kilde, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Religious Studies Program ( is a historian of religion in America whose research focuses primarily on religious space and architecture. She has written extensively on the spatialization of power relationships within Christian churches, including the revolutionary changes wrought by the 19th-century adoption of auditorium plans for Protestant churches — a transformation that overturned two millennia of Christian architecture and set the stage for the contemporary megachurch. Her recent work on contests over religious space includes an article on the “Ground Zero mosque” controversy ( and research into the serial use of religious spaces by different groups.


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Sacred Sites, Federal Indian Law, and the Future

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The political and social dynamics of American Indian sacred sites and basic human rights protections within the contemporary U.S. are constantly evolving. This panel, including various legal scholars, community leaders, and activists, will explore issues of human rights, self-determination, sovereignty, and potential International legal remedies in order to better understand the contemporary realities of misunderstanding, lack of social justice, U.S. constructed hierarchies of economic and political inequality, and overall legacies of colonialism.

Keynote Speaker
0:14 Rebecca Tsosie, Regents Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and Special Advisor to the Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion for the University of Arizona

54:33 Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor of Law at Michigan State University College of Law and Director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center
58:58 Wendsler Nosie Sr., former Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and currently represents the Peridot District as a Tribal Council member. Founder of the Apache Stronghold.
1:09:20 Nizhoni Pike, youth activist and member of Apache Stronghold.

“Mormon Underwear” is the Temple Garment and is Sacred to Latter-day Saints

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Temple garments are worn by faithful Latter-day Saints as a reminder of sacred beliefs and commitments. Sometimes inaccurately referred to as “Mormon underwear” or “magical underwear.” While the temple garment is a sacred representation of an individual’s commitment to God including living a good, honorable life —the accurate and respectful term of such underwear is “temple garment.”

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Young People’s Cry, Sacred Arts Ministry (Home Assembly Church)

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Sacred Arts Ministry presentation on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Los Angeles, CA.

Song/Audio: Young People’s Cry by Jekalyn Carr.

Home Assembly Church

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Sacred Harp 189: Montgomery (HD)

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Montgomery, a spirited fuging tune by Vermont composer Justin Morgan (1747-1798); led by the late Violet Thomason at Ebenezer Church, Dunwoody, Georgia. From the 2-disc special edition of Awake My Soul: The Story of the Sacred Harp, a film by Matt & Erica Hinton; used by permission. See Now uploaded in high definition.

Barbara Brown Taylor Sacred Downtime

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Excerpt from Barbara Brown Taylor’s Westminster Town Forum talk on the exhaustion and emptiness caused by the modern world placing all value on “productive time” and none on “downtime”. She encourages us to use interruptions in our “productivity” as sacred opportunities to see a larger truth.

Sacred Spaces: Calvary Church, Memphis

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A segment from the WKNO-produced 2004 documentary about churches of Memphis. Reviews the history and architecture of Calvary Episcopal, Memphis’s third oldest congregation and currently the oldest public building in continuous use. Purchase the DVDs of the entire documentary and the rest of the Memphis Memories series at WKNO’s Web site,

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2010 Sacred Steel Jam & Fellowship

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2010 Sacred Steel Jam was sponsored by Del Ray Grace and the Amazing Grace Praise Band of Toledo, Ohio. This annual event is designed to promote fellowship and unity among the sacred steel players from various churches of the living God organizations. Thanks to all of the musicians that answered the call and traveled from far and near to participate with us. Avaiable soon on DVD & CD at bless you and the future of Sacred Steel!!!

The Gospel of Sacred Steel TV – Amazing Grace Praise Band

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The Gospel of Sacred Steel TV is a weekly TV show that airs every Saturday morning from 9:30am to 10:00am on Buckeye Broadband channel 69 or click the link below.
Del Ray & Kelli L. Grace have established Toledo, Ohio as the Mecca of Sacred Steel Music & History. We are dedicated to preserving the African American steel guitar legacy of the Keith & Jewell Dominion churches of the Living God.
Today’s broadcast will feature the music ministry of the Amazing Grace Praise Band of Toledo, Ohio.

It’s Sacred: Church (Poem) Tribute To Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)

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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson; (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. She is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
The details of Angelou’s early life have been the subject of countless high school essays, but her incredible journey bears repeating. At the age of three, her parents divorced and she and her brother were sent to live with her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. At eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. After she revealed to her family that she had been assaulted, her attacker was killed. The news of the murder shocked Angelou into silence for the next six years, during which she would communicate only by scribbling messages on a tablet she kept on her hip. During that time, she cultivated a love for writing and reading, working her way through the shelves of her school library and falling in love especially with poetry. (At one point she memorized 75 Shakespearean sonnets.)

When she finally emerged from silence, she did so with aplomb, focusing her energy on dance and theater. At age 16, however, her plans were put on hold when she gave birth to her son, Guy. Eventually, she rekindled her stage career and, by the mid-50s, she was touring around the world as part of a production of Porgy and Bess.

Her life story intertwined sadly with two of the Civil Rights movement’s largest figures: Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King. She met Malcolm X while teaching at the University of Ghana’s School of Music And Drama. In 1964, she returned with him to the U.S. to help establish the Organization of African American Unity. One year later, he was assassinated. Soon after that, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to help coordinate the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. On the day she turned 40, she was preparing a meal for her party when a friend told her that King had been killed. The news was so devastating that she stopped celebrating her birthday for years afterward.
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, night-club dancer and performer, cast-member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the days of decolonization. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. Since 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Since the 1990s she made around eighty appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961.
With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson of black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of black culture. Although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries, her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Her major works have been labeled asautobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel. She was best known for her autobiographies, but she was also an established poet.