I’m Rev. Anne Dunlap, pastor, activist, teacher, ritualist, and herbal warrior. I am an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ (UCC) — as Community Minister for for Racial Justice and Solidarity, AKA “the fierce good reverend of the revolution” as I have been named by friends in the freedom movement (a title I hold with humility). I also coordinate faith work for Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ); check out our podcast, “The Word Is Resistance.”
I believe in the power of solidarity, community, and fierce love in the work of disrupting and dismantling the white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy and living each day more fully into the beloved community. My own social location in that work is as a white lesbian/queer cis woman, a highly-educated US citizen living on colonized land currently called Buffalo, NY. I endeavor to live as a commitment to fierce love and collective liberation in all I do.
I started FierceRev Remedies in 2016 when I graduated as a community herbalist, as a natural outgrowth of my herbal studies and the spiritual and emotional care I provide folks in justice-seeking movements.
I’ve been an activist over 30 years, a pastor for 10, and an herbalist-in-the-making for almost 8. I’ve seen and experienced how the daily grind of systemic oppression takes its toll on body and spirit, and how the struggle for collective liberation can both invigorate us and break our hearts.
Herbs, I have found, want to help us. They want to give us courage. They want to heal us. They want to love us. They want to help us keep going. They want to help us find deep rest. They want to help us unleash our voices. They want to protect us. They want to help us be free. They want to help us midwife that world that never has been yet, to paraphrase my beloved mentor and ancestor, Dr. Vincent Harding.
FierceRev Remedies are herbal remedies and practices to tend the warrior’s heart, body, and spirit. If you’re an activist in any way (and I define activism broadly!), if you live at the intersections of oppressions and need support, if the world breaks your heart and you’re weary, drop me a note. If you live in the Buffalo, NY area, we’ll find a time to meet face to face. Soy bilingüe (Español/Ingles), y podemos comunicarnos en Español.
I’m also available for preaching, presentations, workshops, and hands-on herbal care workshops. Check out some options here.
In this space, I’ll also share my thoughts about herbs, remedy-making, and movement work. You can also find my more personal writing at Towanda’s Window.
Again, welcome. I’m glad you’re here.
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Check out a few of interviews with me!
Church of the Brethren Dunker Punks podcast, “Undoing Oppression,” Feb 2016.
Move to Amend podcast, “Solidarity Organizing for Racial Justice,” Feb 18,2016.
Iliff School of Theology Alumni Interview Blog, Sept 2, 2016.
Brew Theology podcast, “Romans as Resistance,” June 2017.