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Reflections on Ancestral Healing & Design Justice

Broadcast on February 03, 2023
With Dr. Velma Love
Hosted by Lisa Bonnice

This session will focus on connecting ancestral healing practices with divine justice practices for cultural healing. Dr. Velma Love will discuss the four basic assumptions that are foundational for ancestral healing practices, along with four principles of the design justice approach to problem solving, and offer reflections on how these two sets of practices might be combined to generate strategies for cultural healing. This session is informed by the work of Daniel Foor and Sasha Costanza-Chock.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • A short, guided meditation on ancestral healing and design justice
  • Clarity around how to access and engage the ancestral realm as a source of guidance and support
  • Strategies for how to connect ancestral lineage healing practices with design justice practices to promote cultural healing
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Dr. Velma Love

Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner & Author of Divining the Self

Dr. Velma Love is an educator, cultural activist, ritual artist, storyteller, ancestral lineage healing practitioner, and change maker. The author of Divining the Self: A Study in Yoruba Myth and Human Consciousness, she is the Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program and Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Her research interests center on sacred texts in society, ancestral memory, the intergenerational transmission of cultural trauma, and the healing power of stories for personal and social transformation.

She is the founder and president of Story Catalysts, LLC, the only story change company that leverages ancient African wisdom symbols and systems, proven true through the test of time, to catalyze personal and social transformation. As a certified Ancestral Lineage Healing Practitioner, a Narrative Coach, and a Dagara Cowrie Shell Diviner, Velma teaches her clients and students to connect with their inner guidance system, the innate divine consciousness known as the “Ori” (oh ree) to catalyze personal and social transformation.

Dr. Velma Love