LOVE CHURCH #notachurch
Hello, I’m Sheri Hauser, my friends call me verysheri. Last fall, I had an epiphany in the dark, while floating in a salt water tank. I know that may sound odd, but it’s true. My heart felt heavy with sadness for how many humans I encountered and read about on social media who suffered acts of hate, who lacked connection, belonging, or a greater sense of self-worth. Since the start of 2017, I began searching for more meaning, a way to connect the dots. After my marriage fell apart, I quit the day job and backpacked solo through SE Asia. Returning home, more in touch with who I am (as opposed to who I’ve been) with a burning question, of how best to contribute to the greater good. Enter Love Church.
WHAT IS LOVE CHURCH?
It’s a live event, open to the public, people of all ages, to gather in community twice a month for inspiration, celebration and truth telling. There’s a witty MC, the reverend verysheri*, a guest speaker, and YOU.
Here’s a list of things that we do at Love Church:
We listen to profound stories by guest speakers who have wisdom to share in a segment called REAL TALK.
Attendees are invited to take the stage and give a reading from something they found in the media that provoked their imagination, expanded their heart, or challenged their mind. (THIS COULD BE YOU)
We participate in activities borrowed from the teachings of Authentic Relating that I’ve been practicing since January 2018 to reveal the benefits of setting down the mask of who we think we are supposed to be and sit in the more vulnerable place of being seen for who we already are.
There’s a bonding exercise to elevate our serotonin and oxytocin levels (psst, it’s called hugging - but wait, there’s more!)
We dance it out after 90 minutes to a vibrant song.
We can drink mimosa’s or other refreshing beverages from the bar, and everyone is invited to linger and join in a group dinner at 5pm upstairs in the OBAMA room (Original Bad Art Museum of Art - curated by Marlow Harris & Jo David) at Cafe Racer.
*verysheri is an actual reverend, ordained in 2004 from Universal Life Church and has married 8 couples, with a 9th wedding booked in September of 2019.
Each LOVE CHURCH features a different REAL TALK guest speaker. Here’s the lineup so far:
Heather Fantin: January 6
Heather brought to the stage, her INVITATION TO RISE, and inspired all of us to look past our fear and embrace the thoughts and beliefs that best serve us. She reminded us: Whatever you’re not changing, you are choosing!
Learn more about Heather’s work here.
Eben Greene: January 20
Eben asked if our beliefs were asleep and opened our eyes to see that our values (what we choose to believe in) guide our decisions and actions on a daily basis. His goal is to support your inner light to shine bright.
He spends his work week running a creative cooperative in Fremont. Visit ShiftUp!
Rebecca Everly: February 3
Rebecca (aka Cherry Divine) has a profound story to share about identity, secrets, truth and healing… one that ends happily, with a larger family than she ever dreamed possible.
Jeff Leisawitz: February 17
Jeff coaches powerful creatives to step into their hearts, dismantle their fears, declare their dreams and stop F*ing Around. He plans to bring some serious game to the stage this month at Love Church. F Yeah!
Learn more about this superstar on his website.
Noé Khalfa: March 3
Noé is passionate about shifting the status quo so that anyone can make a living doing what they love. He will share his personal journey of what happens when you love yourself with the same fierce intensity you desire from someone else.
He’s the co-founder of Worth The Journey.
Katie Duke: March 17
Katie knows how to free up energy by letting go of old emotional baggage using a powerful tool called Completion to get present and lighten up. She promises to guide us to get clear, remove barriers to love, and feel more empowered to move forward into a richer life.
Elizabeth Desiree: April 7
Lizzie is passionate about bees and wants to share some of her wisdom and love for these remarkable tiny creatures. She plans to offer us a short meditation on bees, flowers, honey and LOVE.
See Lizzie’s artwork here.
Leslie Briner: April 17
Leslie believes we’ve outsourced our healing to a mental health industrial complex that disempowers ourselves and our own capacity to be healers of each other and the world. Come hear her share new pathways to healing that’s different than the mainstream.
Ryan Henry Ward: May 5
Henry was invited to the stage after this fb post: “Nothing has changed my life more than the conscious effort to love myself. The concept that feels so selfish at first, especially with my guilt roots, is what ends up giving me the ability to give abundantly to the universe.”
Zsaln & MC Piz:
The divine masculine meets the divine feminine… only who is who? This town hall style presentation is designed to push past the traditional ideas of society based gender norms and embrace ALL of our shared humanity.
WHY DO IT?
Too many people are waiting for permission to show up. Maybe if there were more examples of individuals taking risks, being brave despite the fear, then we can harness that energy and raise the vibration of self-acceptance and empowerment, leading to more purposeful awareness and true change in the world. This is a gathering about belonging, creating a space where people feel more connected, to themselves, and others.
To unite individuals.
To build community.
To nurture positive self-affirmation.
To celebrate your inner weirdo.
To raise the vibration of joy and connection in your life.
More insights and updates on our facebook page.