Conversations intersecting faith, mental health, artistry, and social justice

On this week’s episode we talk about how the effects of one’s mental health can affect relationships. Whether it is a significant other, a sibling, or even a coworker we recognize our past situations that were affected when we were not our best.

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Follow Maryam Hasnaa on Instagram and Twitter @maryamhasnaa and check out her work at her website:

Follow Found Movement Group on Instagram @fmgdance to get the latest on upcoming announcements! We also have a Facebook page and website

To support abortion/reproductive rights and accessibility, check out the following organizations:

    • ARC Southeast- Access Reproductive Care (Atlanta, GA)  @ARC_Southeast
    • Feminist Center (Atlanta, GA)  @FWHC
    • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (Washington, DC) @NAPAWF
    • NAPAWF Metro Atlanta Chapter (Atlanta, GA) @napawf_atl
    • SisterLove, Inc. (Atlanta, GA) @SisterLoveInc
    • SisterSong- National Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (Atlanta, GA) @SisterSong_WOC
    • SPARK (Atlanta, GA) @SPARKRJNOW
    • URGE- Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity @URGE_org
    • Women Engaged @WomenEngaged
    • ACLU Alabama @ACLUAlabama
    • ACLU Georgia @ACLUofGA
    • Planned Parenthood @PPFA
    • Yellowhammer Fund
    • Women Have Options (Ohio)  @WHOohio

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On this episode, we are discussing why people can’t take a step back and mind their business! Our focus being on the consistent subject matter of abortion policies and recent subtopics like the #SexStrike. We share our thoughts, feelings, and concerns as well as others within the social media world leading to the conclusion that our bodies belong to us alone.

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Found Youth Movement Ensemble are having auditions June 8th and June 15th! Find out more information via Instagram @foundyouth or

Found Movement Group is offering summer workshops for your studio! Email us for more info:

Check out Chaz Pirtle's new short film, "Love" here:

Check out Big Joanie's new album "Sistahs", available on most streaming platforms. Shout out to our friend, Matthias for putting us on and sharing knowledge and joy on the internet! Follow him on Twitter @mattps139.


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SURPRISE! It's a bonus episode! What happens when you have 3 PKs (preacher/pastor's kids) from 3 different denominations in one room?! Whitney Gaston joins us again in this impromptu conversation about the good, bad, hilarious, and sometimes traumatizing experiences of growing up in church as a PK. Our conversation got cut short, because we had to get ready for a I guess that means you'll be hearing from Whitney again in the near future! 

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Innovative Love Coalition is #ResurrectingWorship with their first ever worship compilation album by openly LGBTQ+ Christians and allies. To learn more follow them on Instagram @innovativelovecoalition and support their work by giving to their Kickstarter here: 

Follow Whitney on Instagram @whxtnxcole and @whxtpxcs and Twitter @ohsowhitit

Email Abra at for more information on her new class, Mystic Flow.

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! Share with us how you're raising awareness and taking care of yourself.

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This episode was difficult. After an awkward introduction, we attempt to have a conversation about collective grief and how we process loss. We also celebrate the life and mourn the death of Rachel Held Evans. We are grateful for her life, work, and legacy. We pray for peace and comfort to her family and loved ones. You can tangibly support her family, as they will have to handle medical expenses, by donating to this GoFundMe page:

You can also reach out to the family with cards or letters by sending to:

The Evans Family

c/o Chaffee Management

5020 Burke Trail

Nolensville, TN 37135

Read online tributes and share your own via Twitter using the hashtag #BecauseOfRHE

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For more information/updates on Abra's new class, Mystic Flow, you can follow her on Instagram @abramylesdance or Twitter @abesthedancer or reach out directly at

It's Mental Health Awareness Month! Share with us how you're breaking the stigmas, taking care of yourself, and/or supporting others.

Song of the Week- "Little Things With Great Love" by Audrey Assad

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This week, we continue our conversation on signs and wonders, focusing on the Holy Spirit and some of the many charismatic gifts we have encountered in the church and our personal lives. Abra also announces the launch of her new movement class, Mystic Flow. Stay tuned for details!

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Found Movement Group is proud to announce that we have our own space, located in the Wedgewood/Houston area of Nashville, TN. Follow Found on Instagram @fmgdance and visit our website for more details and updates on the opening of the new space, classes, and events that will be offered.

Check out our friend, Marisa's new app- Concert Wire: to customize your spotify playlist and be in the know of upcoming concerts in your area

Evolving Faith Conference is October 4th & 5th in Denver, CO. Get more info and registered here:

We continue to pray for Rachel Held Evans (and her family and loved ones), as she is still in a coma. If you feel compelled to give, there is a GoFundMe page to help support the family and medical expenses.

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In this episode, we have a laugh reminiscing our experiences growing up in church and the good things (and not so good things) that exist specifically within the black church. Shameless Plugs: Evolving Faith Conference is October 4th & 5th in Denver, CO. Get your tickets here: and you can follow the conference on most social media platforms! Please join us in lifting up Rachel Held Evans and her family in prayer as she continues to recover in the hospital. Follow our girl, Saaneah on Instagram @saaneah and support her work!

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We kick off our series, Queering Dance, where we highlight different LGBTQ+ dance artists and how their identities and lived experiences are shaping their artistry. This week, Whitney Gaston sits down with Abra to unpack her coming out process and what it means to disrupt the spaces she occupies as a queer black woman. Follow her and her work on Instagram @whxnxcole and Twitter @ohsowhitit! Continue the conversation by keeping up with us on social media! Instagram: @misfitsandmysticspod Twitter: @misfitsmystics Facebook: Misfits & Mystics Podcast. Send us an email, and with your permission, we might give you a shout out:

This week, we have recreation therapist, Kathy W. to share some knowledge and bring visibility to recreational therapy and its benefit to our mental health. Recreational Therapy Resources here:

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It's time we get a little weird and tap into our mystic sides! We kick off a new series where we are diving into all things signs and wonders, and how that is informing our faith perspective and relationship with the church. This week we talk about deliverance, spirits, and our frustrations with problematic aspects of Christianity.

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Support Tristan Parks and his new full length production of They Do Not Know Harlem: In Communion with James Baldwin set to premiere May 9th-12th at the Slippage Lab at Duke University. In order to raise funds, there will be a fundraising event on April 27th at Waltown Studio Theater (Durham, NC). Tickets can be purchased here: If you can't attend the event, donate to the gofundme page here:

Support Middle Tennessee State University Performing Arts Company (MPAC) by donating to their gofundme, to help raise support for their upcoming performance on April 27/28th at Tucker Theater. Donate here:

Check out Khandyce Pitner, M.Ed, LPC on Instagram @healingthroughstorge for mental health resources, healing, and inspiration.

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Shameless Plugs: Get your tickets to see “the way i see it” March 28th-30th. Follow Found Movement Group on Instagram @fmgdance for updates. Check out Fimone and other artists March 29th at The Lipstick Lounge at 7pm-9pm. Nashville School of the Arts Dance Conservatory Choreography 2 shows will be April 9th-14th. More info coming soon!


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