Authentic Ministry Purpose:
Authentic Ministry is devoted to collective liberation, understanding that true freedom only exists when there is shared freedom. Our commitments include prison abolition, antiracism, LGBTQ+ bodily autonomy, and embodied spirituality. We live into our commitments through creative expression, frontline action, community organizing, spiritual practice, and cultivation of joyful, accountable relationships. We collaborate with people from many places and are physically located in Fargo, North Dakota, on the traditional lands of Anishinaabe, Dakota/Lakota, and numerous Indigenous peoples.
Karen Van Fossan's brief bio:
Karen Van Fossan (she/they) is an author, abolitionist, licensed professional counselor, Unitarian Universalist minister, Old Catholic deacon, and former defendant in the Line 3 pipeline resistance. Her memoir, A Fire at the Center: Solidarity, Whiteness, and Becoming a Water Protector, is due for release from Skinner House Books this fall. She is grateful to have received the Arc of Justice Award, the Courageous Love Award, the Prairie Peacemaker Award, the Archibald Bush Artist Fellowship, and other honors. Her work has appeared in the We’Moon Anthology, the Ritalin Festival, the Standing Rock Film Festival, the North Dakota Human Rights Film & Arts Festival, and elsewhere. As director of Authentic Ministry, she is devoted to collective liberation and authentic spiritual expression. Beloved matriarch to her rambunctious chosen family, she lives in Fargo, North Dakota, on the traditional lands of Anishinaabe, Dakota/Lakota, and many Indigenous peoples.
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