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Power From The Bottom

Power From the Bottom - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Many people have talked about what a horrible year 2017 was, but guess what? There is power from the bottom! Check out this sermon and see how Lecrae and Paul were saying the same thing!

Be blessed and make your power moves!

Hard Endings BUT Greater Beginnings!

Hard Endings BUT Greater Beginnings - Exodus 23:20-24

Your emancipation proclamation is here! Hard Endings BUT Greater Beginnings!

Someone is asking the question, why a greater beginning and not just a new beginning?  I’m so glad you inquired! You may leave one hardship and go to another, that’s simply a new beginning. BUT God is calling you to not just start over in the same place, but to have a greater beginning.  God wants more for you! Too many of us have a new beginning but it looks and feels so much like the old!

God has exiled you, so get your greater!

Loyola Marymount's GALE Convention Welcome and Keynote Speech

"Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego" - Dr. Gimel

This past weekend, I was invited to speak at the GALE Convention at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The purpose of the GALE convention is to allow alumni and graduate students in the School of Education at LMU to collaborate, build interpersonal relationships and share insight on experiences and ideas. It allows the opportunity for graduate students to present their knowledge, network with alumni and other professionals, and be involved outside of a class setting. Additionally, it promotes diversity in leadership to help future educators respond to our culturally diverse schools.

Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego

Today we honor these 10 women of African descent who are empowering others through education. These bold women have turned failing schools into high achieving academies. They have set new precendents at prestigious universities all across America. During this women's history month, I am following these trialblazers to empower students at Loyal Marymount University tomorrow to talk about Education without Empowerment is Enrichment of Ego. Below is a little snippet.

Education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego. We have come here today to learn how to separate out our ego when we educate. To understand the importance of empowering our brothers and our sisters, those who look like us and those who do not. To ascertain how to educate using tools that do not discriminate, marginalize, and segregate. We have come here today to recognize that even though it is 2017, there is still much work to be done in our system; and that when we educate we must empower because if we are not empowering we are falling short of the call that has been put upon us. If we do not empower, we are contributing to the systematic oppression that has been lying in our system for hundreds of years. We have come here today to realize that without empowerment education does not exist, and progression of people will be dismissed. To know that it is not our ego that we are feeding to say that we have taught at the most prestigious schools or taught hundreds of youth, rather we must comprehend we are called to empower. For education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego. To distinguish between empowerment of self and empowerment of others, that we do not get our credentials to power our egos, but for the generations before us. As change agents, educators, professors, mentors, and directors, we are charged with not only fulfilling our duties in our careers, but most importantly the call that has been put upon our lives. For education without empowerment is enrichment of your ego.
— Dr. Gimel

Comparing Yourself To Others Decreases Your Self-Concept

During the month of February, many people think of relationships and love. However, few people think about the relationship with themselves known as an intrapersonal relationship. I encourage you all to become more introspective and take a look at how you treat yourselves this month. For example, at the beginning of every year, most people set weight loss or fitness goals. The downside is that most of these goals are based on other people's goals or how other people look. The bright side, considering all factors are equal, you know that your goal is achievable. 

However, today, I would like to focus on the cons. Basing your goals on other people's is a form of comparison. Comparing yourself to others typically sets you up for failure. Not failure in the sense of achieving your goal, but failure in building your wholeness of self. If you are a person that has been called derogatory, negative, or simply mean names, then it has impacted your identity. The key is, what do you do with that information. Do you reject it and reaffirm yourself or do you internalize it? When you reject it and reaffirm yourself, in turn, you build your self-concept. On the contrary, when you internalize it, you start to believe in the labels that have been put on you, and you too start to put labels on yourself. Internalizing and believing in these negative labels can create a self-fulfilling prophecy, and then those labels become your very own self-made prison.

If you find that you are continuously comparing yourself to others, I encourage you to do the following:

1) Stop comparing yourself to others: It is okay in life to have markers but when you internalize the markers they become comparisons, which is unhealthy
2) Set a goal based on your preference: Take time to get to know your body type, identify a healthy weight for your height, understand where the fat on your body is typically stored and the locations that usually tone first

Therefore, setting your own goals based on your own desires develops your positive self-esteem (how you feel about yourself) and self-efficacy (the agency to accomplish the goal set forth), leading to a healthier self-concept (an overall view of self). A healthier self-concept will provide a more accurate depiction of your capabilities. During the year of completion, I encourage you to strive to a healthier self-concept.

Recognizing the Difference: Complicated versus Chaotic

As you continue your journey of seeking wholeness in 2017, I encourage you to identify the differences in your life between complicated aspects and pure chaos. According to dictionary.com, complicated is defined as, "consisting of many interconnecting parts or elements; intricate." Whereas, chaos is defined as, "complete disorder and confusion." Simply stated, complicated means the situation is complex due to the various factors involved, and chaos underlines a situation of havoc and turmoil. 

In life, you will face complicated situations because they assist with growth, insight, and problem-solving skills. Complicated situations are actually healthy. On the contrary, chaotic situations are unhealthy. Chaos induces confusion, self-doubt, disorganization, and sometimes a deep depression. Today, as you reflect on your situations and relationships in your life, I encourage you to write down whether they are complicated or chaotic. Whether it's a friend of over 10 years, a spouse, a partner, a parent, a co-worker, or even a child; I challenge you to be honest with yourself about the dynamics of the situation. As you continue to take steps toward a healthy mind, a healthy spirit, and a healthy body, I pray that you will be fortified in the clarity you receive to make the hard yet right decisions.

2017 The Year of Completion

As you begin this year, I encourage you to develop four areas while striving for completion. First, your emotional health, second your spiritual health, third your physical health, and fourth your intellectual health. These four target areas are key to becoming whole. Additionally, wholeness in these areas necessitate completion because it is usually these areas that we struggle in the most. Whether you are aiming to complete a degree, a health management goal, develop your prayer life, or better understand your emotional self, now is the time to make it happen! 

I encourage you to let the trials and tribulations of 2016, 2006 or even 1996 stay in the past. Forgive to become free, let go to become liberated, and ascend to achieve. It's time to go higher, no more mediocrity, excuses, or being your own roadblock. The time is now! Healing is now! Freedom is now! Love is now! Peace is now! Joy is now! Happiness is now! Authenticity is now!  

Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers

Andrea D. Lewis, Ph.D., C’96, assistant professor and chair of education at Spelman College, has published her first book, “Preservice Teachers, Social Class and Race in Urban Schools: Experiences and Strategies for Teachers.” The book is an autobiographical and research-based exploration of the perceptions of Black middle and upper class preservice teachers about teaching and learning in high-poverty urban schools. 

This groundbreaking book is the first in the sector to explore the experiences of middle and upper class Black student teachers who, like their white counterparts, also may lack experience interacting with low-income students. Through the narrative, Dr. Lewis provides her audience heavy introspection of her journey and offers unique insights from former college students and teachers who experienced the same boundary crossing in their first school-based teaching experience. If you are working with or interested in being an educator of students from diverse backgrounds, this book is highly recommended!

Andrea D. Lewis is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Education Department at Spelman College. Lewis has received awards for exemplary community service and excellence in education from numerous organizations, including Atlanta Public Schools, the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, United Negro College Fund, Turner Broadcasting, and Outstanding Atlanta. 
 

December's Temple Talk & Group Workout

Join One Temple Fitness for our Monthly Temple Talk! This month our topic is "Pour Me A Drink!" We will explore how alcohol affects our metabolism as well as our mental health! In addition, come learn how to make a tasty yet healthy holiday drink ~ Sugar-Free Mojito Punch.

The next day, we will try our monthly recipe while sweating with an intense workout. Come join us at 2525 Trinity Ave in Los Angeles at 9am! See you there!

November's Temple Talk: S.T.R.E.S.S. Is Not Your Friend

If you missed One Temple Fitness's Temple Talk watch this awesome video and don't forget to download the tip sheet. This month's topic focused on the impact stress has on your workout, the impact alcohol has on your mood and weight, and featured a recipe. This month's recipe is Garlic Lemon Kale Salad.

The Prison to School Pipeline

This article highlights five individuals who are changing the statistics on the outcome of education for incarcerated individuals. Spelman College and University of Michigan Law School Alum GeDa' Jones Herbert is the site manager at Fresh Lifelines for Youth, a nonprofit that has a 12-week program for system-involved youth. Read about the great work that she and others are doing below, as they are the true definition of F.I.R.E.!

These five alumni—lawyers, educators, analysts—are working to improve the part of the pipeline that receives less attention: the one leading from incarceration back to the classroom. And from there—with some work—to a brighter future. 

CHRISTINA GRANT is assistant superintendent of Philadelphia's alternative schools and has placed a big bet on the power of career and technical education to improve life prospects for incarcerated youth. Will it pay off?

EMILY FOX is drafting an updated Juvenile Justice Local Action Plan for the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families. 

GEDÁ JONES HERBERT teaches students about the law and how to navigate it, even in a system that often seems set up against them.

RACHEL BRADY is working to ensure incarcerated students with disabilities are receiving the same accommodations they would receive at school if they weren’t in custody. 

RAHEIM SMITH is a special education teacher in Brooklyn serving adolescents awaiting trial and those already sentenced to detention.

October's Temple Talk Video: The Power of Our Choices

If you missed One Temple Fitness's Temple Talk watch the video below. This month's topic focused on the power of our choices, the impact water has on your mood, and featured a recipe. Our featured recipe for this month is Infused Water.

September Temple Talk: Receipes for Success

Join us this Friday, September 16 for our monthly Temple Talk: Recipes for Success. One Temple Fitness is all about assisting you to becoming healthier and being the best you that God has destined you to be! This year all of our Temple Talks will be held online, so zoom into us!

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Monthly Temple Talks and Group Workouts are back in September until May!

One Temple Fitness Monthly Temple Talks and free Group workouts are resuming in September until May! Be on the lookout for the dates and times and we hope that you are able to join in on the movement! Get mentally, spiritually, and physically fit with #OneTempleFitness

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F.I.R.E. Celebrates Akilah Johnson

Today as I opened up Google to search the internet, their picture caught my attention. Immediately, I clicked on it and was drawn to read the article about the Google Doodle winner. As I was reading about the contest and Akilah Johnson, the winner, I immediately said to myself, she's a F.I.R.E.!

Akilah, a sophomore at Eastern Senior High School in Northeast Washington, D.C. unapologetically expressed her culturally rich lifestyle through art. She is an example of the mission of F.I.R.E. by being a Fearless Individual Resistant to Entrapment of being culturally muffled!