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We need, in every community, a group of angelic troublemakers.
— Bayard Rustin

We are honored to announce that Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Sangodare will be our celebrants for our March Sunday service.

Doors open at 2:30 // Service begins at 3pm // seating is first come, first serve.

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Sista Docta Alexis Pauline Gumbs

Bitch Magazine calls Alexis Pauline Gumbs "a literary treasure," Publisher's weekly called her most recent book M Archive: After the End of the World "groundbreaking." She herself identifies as a queer Black troublemaker, a Black feminist love evangelist and an aspirational cousin to everyone on the planet.  Alexis is the author M Archive, and Spill: Scenes of Black Feminist Fugitivity and the forthcoming Dub: Finding Ceremony all from Duke University Press.  She is the co-founder of the Mobile Homecoming Trust Living Library and Archive in Durham, North Carolina which houses Brilliance Remastered, the Black Feminist Bookmobile and the other components of the tiny Black feminist university where she serves as provost and favorite niece.   Alexis is currently the visiting Winton Chair of Liberal Arts at University of Minnesota until her return to full time resonance and residence in Durham this May. 

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As a visual artist, filmmaker, composer and preacher, Sangodare creates media and experiences for healing and transformation. Over the past 18months, as artist in residence in the Art department at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities AND visiting faculty in Film Studies at Lawrence University, Sangodare has facilitated interactive spaces for testimony, transformation and transcendence inside and outside of classroom spaces. Sangodare’s work builds on familial legacies from three generations of Black Baptist preachers and ministers serving communities in the Carolinas. Sangodare also draws from the legacies of Black Feminism and Ifa-Orisha practice in diaspora.

Together with Sista Docta Alexis they have co-created Mobile Homecoming, a national intergenerational experiential archive project that amplifies generations of Black LGBTQ brilliance by every means. They also co-founded Black Feminist Film School whose film project (written, directed and edited by Sangodare) is a short film called When We Free created with local Durham community and a national network of love and support.  When We Free imagines the first camp meeting (revival) a Carolina community of black folks have after emancipation. Sangodare is a Priest of Sango and has a Masters of Divinity from Emory University's Candler School of Theology.