Ana Hernandez

Welcome! This is what my life looks like. My work is to encourage people to play with the God in themselves. Invite me. There will be singing, praying, living, dying, deep laughter and insight enough for everyone.
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    Everyone sang, and then Julia Huttar and Ken Wilson got married. Big fun in Ann Arbor.

    Wild Goose Festival in NC, and Shrine Mont Family Camp in Orkney Springs, VA. Drove through the Adirondacks from Hendersonville, NC to PA. What beautiful land and people we have. Keep up the good work! 

    Leading about 30 minutes of community singing to begin the wedding of my friends Julia Huttar and Ken Wilson at the Vineyard Church in Ann Arbor, MI. Congratulations! Love is good!

    Photo by Betsy Salzman of Yes! Photo. www.chrisandbetsysalzman 

    Love cannot be manufactured
    by great effort and striving
    not even by great merit.
    It can only be gently invited
    by a humble and hopeful heart.

    Heidi Kranz

    I remember vividly from the conference that it was beastly-hot that summer of 2012. The sun was very hot on your skin, but in the shade it wasn’t too bad since we were by the water. We said Noonday prayer, held in the open-air building directly by the water; you led us in the prayers of the people, chanted. It was free form and completely improvisatory. I remember leaning against one of the walls, with the hot air blowing through the structure from the river, listening to the kaleidoscopic sounds of everyone’s prayers, hearing names of loved ones being lifted up, seeing the faces of those around me. Those faces shone with what I was experiencing as we corporately received the sheer sensory overload that I was experiencing.

    It was one of the most powerful prayer experiences I’ve yet felt in my 34 years, because this was unrehearsed and totally improvisatory music yet all the same gorgeous music was something that didn’t get taught nor rarely experienced, if ever, in my classical musical training. Yet it was so beautiful and perfect in some way; we even spontaneously cadenced without any provocation! Heck, for most of us our eyes were closed!
    I’ve yearned for that experience to happen again but haven’t been able to get my folks here to get out of their own way to allow themselves to be moved as we were that day. It is my dream that our parishioners could experience what I’ve just described. I hope that such an experience will change them, open them up and perhaps experience the release that I felt that day.

    I’ve yearned for that experience to happen again but haven’t been able to get my folks here to get out of their own way to allow themselves to be moved as we were that day. It is my dream that our parishioners could experience what I’ve just described. I hope that such an experience will change them, open them up and perhaps experience the release that I felt that day.

    From a recent and lovely email, this describes the experience of many of those present, and the silence that followed the prayers was rich and deep. No two experiences are the same, but each has it’s own beauty and the capacity to open us to the spirit in one another. 

    Ah

    ana@anahermusic.com

    Here’s the what, why, and how of Threshold Choirs, groups of mainly women (a few men)  across the country who sing at the bedside in hospice, nursing homes, and hospitals. I sing with the DFW Threshold Choir. 

    Mark your calendars now for the Fall Schedule. 

    • September 11
    • September 25
    • October 9
    • October 23
    • November 13
    • <break for Thanksgiving>
    • December 11
    • December 18 Holiday party!
    Have a joy-filled summer.
    Hope today gives you a reason to sing!
    The Wild Goose Festival has great musicians and speakers lined up starting with Jars of Clay, Brian McLaren, and me. Use the code AHERNANDEZ, and you will get 30% off tickets! Tell your friends! Help spread the word to Christians eager to walk beyond the legacies of racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, and economic inequalities. Join me and so many other amazing people you&#8217;ll have to GO towww.wildgoosefestival.org to read about them all!
Ticket prices go up June 1st, so use the code now, and please share this offer. 

    The Wild Goose Festival has great musicians and speakers lined up starting with Jars of Clay, Brian McLaren, and me. Use the code AHERNANDEZ, and you will get 30% off tickets! Tell your friends! Help spread the word to Christians eager to walk beyond the legacies of racism, sexism, homophobia, colonialism, and economic inequalities. Join me and so many other amazing people you’ll have to GO towww.wildgoosefestival.org to read about them all!

    Ticket prices go up June 1st, so use the code now, and please share this offer. 

    I&#8217;ll be there, will you? The Wild Goose Festival; happening June 26-29 outside of Asheville in Hot Springs, NC. Amazing speakers and musicians!

    I’ll be there, will you? The Wild Goose Festival; happening June 26-29 outside of Asheville in Hot Springs, NC. Amazing speakers and musicians!

    There are, it seems, two muses: the Muse of Inspiration, who gives us inarticulate visions and desires, and the Muse of Realization, who returns again and again to say, ‘It is yet more difficult than you thought.’ This is the muse of form. It may be then that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction, to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work and when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

    Wendell Berry, from Poetry and Marriage: The Use of Old Forms”

    Saw this quoted in Parker Palmer’s excellent reflection on celebrating one’s obstacles.

    (via beingblog)

    This is a cool place in the middle of NJ somewhere (Carol Horton knows) and this weekend I’m leading a Sound as Prayer Retreat for the spouses and partners of the clergy of the Diocese of NY (SPICE!). So looking forward to seeing Terri Lucas, meeting new people, and singing to calm the storms. 

    Sometimes I’m invited to sit, listen, coach, and generally be supportive of people when they are ready to hatch their elegant plots and dreams, or start spreading the word about them. These five 3 min. videos, shot at the end of the Art of Hosting training March in Prov. V of the Episcopal Church, represent various stages of dreams articulated by some of the 30 or so people over the course of five days. It was a privilege to hear people tell their stories and watch it unfold. Thanks to Jane Gerdsen and Gayle Catinella, Tom Brackett, Steve Matthews, and so many more beautiful people for allowing me to sit in. Love this work.

    I met some folks from praxiscommunities.org in Ohio a couple of weeks ago at an Art of Hosting (artofhosting.org) training. Been playing Brianna Kelly and Friends’ All Things are Being Made New all morning. Again. Brianna also teaches art and is setting up a bike co-op in Cincinnati. It’s hard to keep up with all the beautiful people doing amazing work in the world, but I really loved meeting these guys, and can’t wait to see the videos that were made there. Thanks to Jane Gerdsen and Gayle Catinella for inviting me! Find the tunes here:

    http://briannanicolekelly.bandcamp.com/album/all-things-are-being-made-newBrianna Kelly

    All Saints’ Episcopal, Chicago 4/6/14.

    Province V Art of Hosting Training at Proctor Camp and Conference Center in Ohio. Amazing people doing great work. Honored to work with Jane Gerdsen, Gayle Catinella, Steve Matthews, and my brother from another mother, Tom Brackett. You should see the videos of the work these folks are doing. Will post links asap.
    And that’s me and Katie sending a pic to a mutual friend that we had no idea was a mutual friend! We both love Laura Gillen, a fine friend and excellent artist.

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