Mar 31, 2021
A special episode on bringing harmony, unity, kindness and respect in a world that needs some caring and love.
I believe this was meant to happen today. I am grateful to be in the company of two amazing people with rich tradition, background and generations of amazing inheritance that they bring with them today. Thank you Maxine and Shelton for being here.
Maxine Lyons has been an active participant in a Buddhist meditation group for the past 8 years (following the teachings of Vietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hahn ) & Jewish meditation. She enjoys timely conversations in a multi-racial interfaith gathering, and finds involvement in Zoom classes that include issues of racial equity, current Jewish thought and studying "the real" U.S. history not taught in textbooks. She feels blessed to experience joyful times with friends and family near and far, especially to grow with her two grand children whose curiosity and energy delight her. Maxine loves summer gardening as well as tending to her indoor gardens and succulents throughout the seasons.
Shelton Oakley Hersey, has sought out, participated and facilitated spaces for reconciliation over the past decade. Her Bachelor degrees are from Rhodes College (Memphis, TN) in Religious Studies and Sociology. From Los Angeles and Fuller Theological Seminary (Los Angeles, TN), where she obtained a Masters in Intercultural Studies, to Mexico and South Africa, she has worked cross-culturally in bridge-building, development of communities and leaders, and spiritual formation, confirming her deepest passion: seeing lives and communities whole and living out their God-given potential. As the Dignity Project Program Director (a program of the Miller Center for Interreligious Learning & Leadership), she brings together emerging youth leaders of Greater Boston across differences, understanding the significant role in unlearning and relearning that which divides and unites us. With her husband Scott and daughter Amma, she enjoys living life in Jamaica Plain and loves being outdoors, sharing a slow meal with community, expressing herself through visual art and reading a really great book.
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