The Highest Praise: Cannabis and Faith Community Conversation
125 High St
125 High St, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
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According to research published in a 2018 Journal of Drug Issues article, individuals who regularly attend church and report that religion is very important in their daily decision-making are less likely to use cannabis for medical or non-medical purposes. In an effort to elevate the conversation, “The Highest Praise: Cannabis & Faith!” will explore what religious and spiritual traditions say about the plant and its consumption.
Created to educate and empower communities of disproportionate impact and others interested in learning about the intersection of cannabis and faith, “The Highest Praise” will feature a dynamic panel of thought leaders offering insight on topics including:
The history of cannabis in religious texts & scriptures
What religious and spiritual traditions say about cannabis and consumption
What happens when faith or religion conflicts with medical authority
Spiritual and faith leader beliefs about hemp and CBD use
Thank you to our event sponsor MCR Labs for their enduring support of ELEVATE Northeast and our Community Conversation events.
EVENT THOUGHT LEADERS' BIOS
Archange Antoine is a passionate man of faith who loves to partner with the community to advance progressive and transformational ideas, initiatives, movements and change. His primary focus is to resist all forms of oppression, especially against the poor and marginalized, and work at restoring their rights, freedoms, liberties, and human dignity. He firmly believes that we must agitate and use our power against systems that discriminate against God’s people because they hinder their ability to have full human agency. Archange has a diverse professional background with a wide range of experiences that help shape his world views. He is a minister at St. Matthew Baptist Church, worked as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University, served as President of the Roselle Board of Education, and was the previous Executive Director at Faith in New Jersey 501c3. He is currently Principal Strategists at Savviors and completing his M.Div. at Princeton Theological Seminary.
Nicole Berger was introduced to natural living after the birth of her first daughter over 21 years ago. Since then, she has had a passion for Natural and Holistic Healing. Presently, Nicole is a Naturalist practicing at the Goddess Holistic Healing Temple in Dorchester, MA., which she created to assist community members in need of a change within. Nicole’s mission is to improve an individual's overall state of wellness to include their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual state of mind.
Rabbi Yaakov Cohen was born and raised in California. He attended Cal State University, Northridge, where he studied philosophy and psychology. He went on to study at a number of leading Rabbinical institutions in Jerusalem where he received his Rabbinic ordination. He is currently the Founder and Director of Whole Kosher Services which has been providing kosher certification internationally for the past 25 years. He is also Director of Education of TORCH, an outreach center of Houston where has been involved in teaching seminars and lectures in Kabbalah, mysticism, and Chassidic thought. You can catch his classes on line via Facebook at R. Yaakov Cohen or youtube.
J.R. Hamilton, M.Div (event co-moderator) is a public theologian and a public policy professional currently based in Massachusetts. She works with health care stakeholders to transform healthcare into a more equitable system. In May 2021, Ms. Hamilton earned her Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, where her studies focused on the intersection of public policy and theological ethics. Specifically, she sought to understand what bearing this intersection had on emerging conversations of equity in the public policy landscape. Jessica was also the 2019 recipient of the Rappaport Institute’s Public Policy Fellowship, which funded her work at the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. During her fellowship, she was the lead author of a key state report evaluating the cannabis industry’s role in contributing to social equity through positive impact plans for communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs.
Jeremy Michael Schulz, or jere for short, is a survivor theologian, poet, advocate, and hospice spiritual counselor. Growing up on unceded Tiwa land now known as Albuquerque, NM, jere received an AA in liberal arts from Central New Mexico Community College, and a BA in religious studies and political science from the University of New Mexico, before venturing to New England to attend seminary. jere spent two years at Hartford International University for Religion and Peace (formerly Hartford Seminary) immersed in an intentionally interfaith context and community and earned a graduate certificate in professional ministry. Being enrolled in a Cooperative Master of Divinity, jere chose to spend the next three years at Boston University School of Theology earning a Master of Divinity focusing on chaplaincy, a Master of Sacred Theology, and a graduate certificate in women’s gender and sexuality studies. Throughout their education and ministry, jere has focused on substance use and sex (including work) as practical and pastoral methods of surviving trauma. jere takes a critical and empathetic approach that is informed by feminist, womanist, queer, monster, postcolonial, and trans theorists and theologians. Recently jere has returned to the Land of Enchantment and works as a spiritual counselor for Hospice of New Mexico supporting individuals and their loved ones to ensure dignity, agency, and quality of life during the journey of mortality. When not working, cuddling their dog, reading or vibing, jere spends time consulting from the intersection of violence, sexuality, gender, and divinity, recently published their first piece “Psychedelics and the Queer Art of Survival” through Chacruna Institute of Psychedelic Plant Medicines, and remains active theologically, presenting at the American Academy of Religions, UC Riverside CA, the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association, and Protestant Theological University Amsterdam. "
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