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Eden Energy Medicine Introductory Courses at Radiance, downtown Lancaster

September 10, 2016 at 8:45am to September 11, 2016 at 4:30pm
Karen L. Semmelman, director of Semmelman Energy Center, is delighted to announce the presentation of Eden Energy Medicine (EEM) Introductory workshops on September 10 and 11, 2016 at Radiance, 9 W Grant St, Lancaster, Pa 17603.  Each day-long workshop is designed to teach participants the basics of balancing their own energetic anatomy, which is just as complex and sophisticated as our nervous or circulatory system. Working with subtle energies has proven time and again to be a powerful…See More
Jun 28, 2016
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Open Yoga Practice Sessions with Kirtan at Radiance, downtown Lancaster

February 7, 2016 at 5:30pm to March 6, 2016 at 6:45pm
Come as you are, with whatever yoga experience you have. Natalie Bedouin, yogi and Reiki practitioner hosts and can assist your personal practice as needed. Beginner and avid yogis welcome! $60/5 Sundays or $15/session.See More
Feb 11, 2016
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Reiki 2 Class & Attunement with Sarah Preston at Radiance, downtown Lancaster

March 20, 2016 from 10:30am to 4pm
Receive your Reiki Level II attunement from Master Sarah Preston. We will review Reiki I, learn the Reiki II Power Symbols, and practice sending Reiki through time and space. $185, includes certificate & book "Reiki, the Healing Touch" ($50 n/r deposit required by 3/12). Level I certificate required.See More
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Open Yoga Practice Sessions with Kirtan at Radiance, downtown Lancaster

February 7, 2016 at 5:30pm to March 6, 2016 at 6:45pm
Come as you are, with whatever yoga experience you have. Natalie Bedouin, yogi and Reiki practitioner hosts and can assist your personal practice as needed. Beginner and avid yogis welcome! $60/5 Sundays or $15/session.See More
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Meads & Beers: Herbal Fermentations at Herbs From the Labyrinth Kitchen

November 9, 2013 from 1pm to 5pm
From ancient times, cultures around the world have been making fermented beverages with an incredible variety of herbs, fruits, sugar sources and other ingredients. Learn about basic techniques & equipment from Ben Weiss, a local organic farmer, permaculture teacher, and poet, & sample some of his creations. Cost is $40. Call Radiance or stop by to preregister.See More
Aug 21, 2013
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September 3, 2013 at 6pm to October 24, 2013 at 8pm
There is a way to approach creative writing as a meditation, as a vehicle by which we begin to get flashes of what it means to be walking in this skin, in this world, in the spires of this moment. With poet, songwriter, & storyteller, John Terlazzo, you’ll do contemplative writing experiments together, working with symbols, images & archetypes deep within ourselves & deep within folktales & stories from all over the world. And we'll sing, rant, meditate, chant, work with sound…See More
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Local Author's Book Makes Top 10 Gay Non-fiction List

Called a "must read," Michael Long's book on gay pioneer Frank Kameny has been chosen as one of the Top 10 gay, non-fiction books for 2014. Gay Is Good: The Life and Letters of Gay Rights Pioneer Franklin Kameny by the Elizabethtown College professor is a "must-read for anyone interested in the history of the gay rights movement” says Publishers Weekly.

Harvard University's Michael Bronski, a staple in the world of gay history, said: “The LGBT movement has been blessed with an amazing array of passionate, provocative, colorful, dedicated, and sometimes infuriating women and men. Frank Kameny is certainly one of the most important. Michael Long’s magnificent book captures the breadth of the movement and the specificity of Kameny’s life and importance.”

Long tells Central Voice about his editing of Kameny's historically rich letters, 150 letters from 1958 to 1975, that reveal some of the early stirrings of today’s politically powerful LGBT movement. The letters are lively and colorful because they are in Kameny’s inimitable voice, a voice that was consistently loud, echoing through such places as the Oval Office, the Pentagon, and the British Parliament, and often shrill, piercing to the federal agency heads, military generals, and media personalities who received his countless letters. Long is the author and editor of several books on politics, religion, and civil rights. He is the editor, most recently, of Beyond Home Plate: Jackie Robinson on Life after Baseball.

Central Voice: What has the response been to your work on Kameny? from the academic community? from the LGBT community?

Michael Long: The book has just been released, but the response thus far has been so positive. Kameny's close friends, like Charles Frances and Bob Witech of Washington, DC, have been generous in their praise of the book.


CV: Some advocates are outright sending the book to others?

ML: Malcolm Lazin of Equality Forum has decided to send the book to leading LGBT activists across the country. Early reviews have also been positive, identifying the book as a "must read." I'm pleased about this mostly because it helps to advance the rich and inimitable legacy of Frank Kameny. This of us who fight for LGBT rights stand on his shoulders, and the book helps us understand how incredibly broad his shoulders were. 

CV: Currently, there is lots of dialogue about the intersections of race and LGBT issues. What are your thoughts?

ML: One of the most important things about Kameny is that early on he, like Edward Sagarin and others, identified gays and lesbians as an oppressed minority. That was no small move, and it allowed him to analyze discrimination against gays and lesbians as somewhat akin to discrimination against people of color. It also helped him articulate the need for civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians early on.

CV: Wasn't Kameny an early petitioner of the US Supreme Court?

ML: His 1961 petition to the US Supreme Court--a landmark document--did exactly that while at the same time telling the justices that homosexuality was moral. It's breathtaking material. Kameny also turned to the civil rights movement for inspiration and instruction for advancing civil rights for oppressed gays and lesbians. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Stokely Carmichael are among those who influenced his deliberate efforts to politicize the homophile movement and turn it into a political power that politicians could no longer ignore. So Kameny actually helped to create the intersections of race and LGBT issues that we continue to experience today.



Things you may not know about Franklin Kameny -

*During the height of the Lavender Scare, openly fought the US government for firing him because he was gay (1958).

*Led a long campaign to force the US Civil Service Commission to permit the hiring of gays and lesbians individuals for federal jobs, including those requiring security clearances (1957 on).

*Filed first US Supreme Court petition arguing that gays and lesbians were an oppressed minority deserving equal treatment under law, and that homosexuality was moral (1961).

*Co-founded the Mattachine Society of Washington, the nation’s first organization dedicated solely to securing civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians (1961).

*Co-founded regional and national gay and lesbian groups designed to politicize the movement and secure and advance political power in government and civil society (1963 on).

*Organized the first White House picketing by a group seeking civil rights and liberties for gays and lesbians. Similar picketing soon followed in front of the US Civil Service Commission, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, and the Pentagon (1965).

*Criticized numerous leading media personalities, including Ann Landers, Johnny Carson, and Rona Barrett, for their anti-gay views (1966 on).

*Staged protests (“zaps’) for gay rights at American Psychiatric Association conventions, eventually forcing the APA to delist homosexuality as a mental disorder (1971 on).

*Became the first openly gay candidate for the US Congress (1971).

*Acted as counsel to numerous gays and lesbians facing discrimination in the US military and served as a driving force behind the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”


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