Religious Acceptance – Diversity – Community Engagement – Grief Processing
Katherine Gray Silvan is an ordained Interfaith Minister and a licensed Master of Social Work who educates, empowers and ministers to people of all faiths. Katherine has been to India, Nepal, Africa, China and Europe and studied extensively to understand the nature of suffering, religious tension and the etiology of our collective belief that we are separate. Her personal mission is to be a force of unity in the world and to share the message that all people of all faiths are united under one divine principle: Love; and the paths that lead to Love are limitless. Katherine combines her skills as a Hospice spiritual counselor, minister, actor, and public speaker of fifteen years to create a dynamic, innovative lecture experience.
The Reverend Katherine Silvan’s Many Translations is a fast paced, thought provoking, and intriguingly entertaining lecture that forces listeners to dig into their own beliefs and biases to confront the roots of intolerance. Citing everything from Descartes to Mother Teresa, from the Bible to the Torah to the Quran, Silvan targets the thoughts, associations, and beliefs that we derive our fundamental personalities from, and challenges listeners to examine them for what they are. She encourages her audience to take advantage of the neuroplasticity of their brains; to let them be the authors of their own beliefs, and rewrite the programming that their upbringing, their families, and society has drilled into them. Interfaith is her solution—embracing a personal commitment to be a force for love in the world, and to change the world by first changing yourself. An excerpt from the lecture, which we were fortunate enough to shoot, is above. Enjoy it, be entertained, and enlightened!
Art of Self-Care
In this workshop/lecture, Rev. Katherine Gray Silvan engages her audience in the Art of Self-Care. She has a unique 3D Approach: Diet, Dance and Dharma, which focuses on our intake (relationships, diet, media), our outward expression (exercise, creativity, communication) and Dharma which is the inner work and our personal spiritual connection to our higher power and our higher purpose. Katherine makes the distinction between being selfish and self-full and teaches students how to assess their perceptions regarding self-care and to set honest boundaries for themselves. This workshop explores healthy living, healthy giving and healthy believing; helping the audience understand the connection between our thinking and beliefs and how we are feeling and doing in our lives. Katherine will introduce and explore short and simple techniques for creating skills in self-care that help navigate a diverse world. Strategies include: mindfulness, breath work, grounding techniques and engaging the senses for the purpose of maintaining optimal well-being in body, mind and spirit. Students will not only spend the session caring for themselves, but they will also walk away with the beginnings of a self-care tool box that they can utilize and build on throughout their lives. All will be encouraged to embrace a personal commitment to be a force of love in the world, by first loving oneself.