A LIVING TEMPLE celebrates creation. An interfaith church located in Charleston SC, we cultivate and honor the divine feminine and sacred masculine through fellowship, song, dance, prayer, nourishment and meditation. We practice daily prayer, weekly circles, divine dance, mystery schools and honoring the cycles of our bodies, our earth, and our communities. Our goal is to slow down, sense our deep gladness, share it freely and cultivate connection to the living temples across the globe. Everyone has their own path, and we honor the sacred spiritual traditions rooted in love, compassion, and justice, whose rituals and sacred texts inspire and inform the Temple -- along with a healthy dose of merry making!
The Joyful Revolution is a movement for planet, people & pleasure, inspired by the visionary work of adrianne maree brown (Emergent Stratgey & Pleasure Activism), Octavia Butler (Earthseed), and Tom Robbins. We are driven by people united to honor the sanctity and interconnectivity of everything on this planet. We oppose the commodification of the Earth by challenging archaic notions that lead to ecological disaster and advance racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and all “othering” methodologies. We are possibilitarians, inspired by poets, artists, philosophers, spiritual visionaries and leaders who joyfully serve our planet. (www.joyfulrevolution.org),
Raised at Jubilee! Community Church in Asheville, NC, Rev Cathryn the Grateful was ordained a Minister of Movement in 2018, Based in Creation Spirituality (Rev Dr. Matthew Fox) and the writings of Starhawk, and poetry of Rumi and Hafiz, Cathryn has preached, danced, and celebrated marriages, deaths, and births with congregations across America -- her love of community, creativity, and the Earth continues to grow and flourish.
An award-winning feature documentary filmmaker of FULLY AWAKE (2007), a film about the experimental school BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE that birthed the American Avant-Garde in the 1950s.
Born Cathryn Jan Davis in Macon, GA and raised in Rome, GA & Asheville, NC by an artist and a psychologist, when her mother said, “Life isn’t fair,” Cathryn responded, “I’m here to make it fair” – and from there, a journey of joyful justice work has unfolded.
She trained as a clown in her teens, and was active in theater and debate in high school. A UNC-CH graduate, Cathryn moved to New York in her twenties, where she created FULLY AWAKE, a feature documentary about the legendary Black Mountain College (1933-1957) an experiment in education that birthed the American Avant Garde. The film has screened worldwide from MoMA to film festivals to community centers.
Cathryn began her civic work as a 13 year old volunteer for Senate candidate Harvey Gantt (running against Jesse Helms) and worked on two campaigns in NC, planting a lifelong interest in politics. Aware of the deeply entrenched evils of unfetterd capitalism and systemic racism, Cathryn has taken part in more bold actions, as part of Occupy Wall Street, a lawsuit against Monsanto, multiple arrests for civil disobedience as part of the SC Poor People’s Campaign, as well as creating a WAKE THE NATION documentary film series and other awareness-raising campaigns for justice issues.
A graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, Cathryn is a committed student of sacred ecology, producing public television shows about permaculture for Growing a Greener World and working for an open-pollinated seed company, Sow True Seed.
A passionate sacred activist, Cathryn strongly believes in the importance of creativity, storytelling, and community as we co-create a just world for all. For over five years she served as the Executive Director of Enough Pie, a non-profit in Charleston’s Upper Peninsula that uses creativity to connect and empower our community. Enough Pie (www.enoughpie.org) works with community members to look at gentrification and co-create creative, out-of-the-box ideas and partnerships that embolden people to take action. Currently she serves on the Board of Commissioners at CCHRA, the Charleston County Housing & Redevelopment Association, serving low-income elders & disabled community members to have affordable housing.
Cathryn’s joy generator is movement as medicine – dancing through life. She has a dance sanctuary in her home on James Island near Charleston, SC where she hosts global DIVINE DANCE PARTY as well as intimate group dance and individual movement healing.
“Come dance with me. Come Dance.” – Hafiz