Date: Thursday, November 19, 7 pm ET
Available by: Join by Videoconference Only (learn more about videoconference)
Suggested Love Offering: $ 10.00
The Gathering: Creating Online Ceremony
Rev. Dr. Chad Lewis
Rev. Darren Polito
Creating Sacred ceremonies online can feel like a daunting and overwhelming task. Where do we even begin? With a little guidance, clarity, and creative inspiration, you will discover the expansive potential of online ceremony.
Join us as we:
- explore the logistics of creating and executing online ceremonies on Zoom
- share creative ways to offer memorable and heartfelt experiences
- and learn powerful ways in which online ceremony can connect communities across the world in peace, love, and gratitude
Rev. Chad Lewis and Rev. Darren Polito have created and facilitated online ceremonies for the One Spirit community since the beginning of the pandemic. Their contributions have included the intensive ceremonies and ordination, “The Gathering”, “Ecstatic Dance”, “Bless this Space” ritual for our 36th street space and facilitating classroom worship services and rituals. In addition, they have created online memorial services, birthday parties, and anniversary celebrations.
Rev. Chad Lewis
Rev. Chad is a graduate of the class of 2019 and serves the One Spirit community as the Manager of Student Support. This role is a wonderful expression of Ministry for Chad, one that is very much alive through email correspondence, Wisdom Web Wizardry, and resolving registration hiccups. The logistical support he provides students and staff is coupled with love, patience, compassion, inspiration, humor, creativity and care. Chad has also built a thriving Reiki practice, offering a combination of energy healing and Spiritual companioning to individuals, groups, and communities. Perhaps Chad’s favorite creative expression is knitting. Known for his quirky, colorful, and inspiring creations, Chad pours his heart, soul, and Ministry into everything he creates. Chad feels very blessed to be a part of this extraordinary team and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the One Spirit community.
Rev. Darren Polito
Darren Polito graduated from One Spirit in 2009 and sort of never left. He is an artist, dancer, and performer (sometimes - okay, often in drag) who seeks to stir people's awe and enthusiasm through playful perspectives. Darren has been using dance as a spiritual practice all his life and as a conscious practice for over 20 years and also leads Ecstatic Dance workshops. A new enthusiasm, as part of his second role at One Spirit on the Media Team, is in finding ways to create sacred, personal connection through technology.
Darren was Creative Director of SpiritualityandPractice.com where he has a blog, The Ritual Space, about his passion for creating rituals. He has been a hairstylist/makeup artist, event/display designer, and the official tour guide for Food Network Kitchens and Studios. Other passions include his high holidays of Halloween and Gay Pride when he creates elaborate costumes to wow the masses.Darren lives in NYC with his precious cat Chandon who he found the summer before starting seminary and who has been one of his greatest teachers.
If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.