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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    The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children.

    Cheryl Lavender

    Gonna be such a fine time. Join us!

    In 1958, at age 81, Pablo Casals agreed to have Robert Snyder make a movie short, “A Day in the Life of Pablo Casals.” Snyder asked Casals, the world’s foremost cellist, why he continued to practice four and five hours a day. Casals answered:“Because I think I am making progress.”

    Join hosts Daniel Schwandt and Ben Stewart at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago for a Music that Makes Community event that will be open to both seminary students and to the wider community. Leaders will be Ben Groth, Ana Hernandez, Chanda Rule, Donald Schell, Luke Smetters, and Scott Weidler.

    Housing at the affordable cost of $100/night (includes breakfast) is available at the Nicholas Center of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago. 
    Email rachel@allsaintscompany.org with questions. I hope to see you in Chicago soon!

    April Alford-Harkey dropped in for a visit and Sr. Laurie tried to recruit her. Again.
Sr. Helen Bernice is 100 years old and I was so pleased to sit next to her for two days. Michael Julian is truly the salt of the earth, and a great singer too! Connie Jo and Karin (sp?) both made me laugh and cry. There's serious depth here, and sweetness. Me, Helen, and Laura Ahrens, one of the bishops in the neighborhood. Nice to sing with these women!

    Sisterhood of St. Gregory convocation in CT. What a great and sweet group! Prayers are always starting late because there’s so much laughter going on. The oldest sister is 100 and still knitting caps for soldiers. People are amazing!

    Chant Workshop with HARC (Ana Hernandez and Ruth Cunningham) at Knox College, Galesburg, IL in the spring. Big fun! Deep thanks to whoever did this!

    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!

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