Defining Your Narrative with Channyn Parker
“Are we seeking the gift that this person is, and the gift that this person brought out in us?” - Channyn ParkerOne of the greatest pieces of wisdom that Channyn has learned is that everyone on this earth has their part to play. You may not enjoy their effect on your life, but they are on your path for a reason, whether that reason is to nourish you or to teach you valuable lessons.This week on Find Your Fierce & Loving, we invite you to consider the humanity of every person who exists alongside you. Each one of us is full of contradictions and history that we cannot judge as good or evil. We can only recognize ourselves as partners in humanity and accept our responsibility to work on it together.(04:03) - Identities(11:20) - Choosing a narrative(20:46) - Contradictions(31:55) - Partner in humanity(41:12) - Good and evilChannyn Lynne Parker is a Human Rights advocate, public speaker, community-centric leader and Director of Strategic Partnerships for Howard Brown Health Center and serves on the board at Equality Illinois. Prior to her current role, Channyn served as manager of The Broadway Youth Center, Youth Development Program, and manager of Chicago House Social Service Agency’s TransLife Project (2017). Channyn is the first openly transgender woman to work in the Cook County Dept. of Corrections, working with populations in protective custody. Inaugural Trans100 awardee (2013). White House speaker, National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2015), Chicago Women’s March speaker (2017, 2018). Recipient of the Henrietta Lacks award, Women in Health in Chicago (2018) and Equality Illinois prestigious, Humanitarian, Freedom Award (2019).Do you want to unleash your inherent love and goodness, liberate yourself, and free humanity from the oppressive systems and structures we have created? We are here to support you in finding your fierce and loving life. Join us in Our Circle, a vibrant membership community rich in opportunities for engagement and transformation. Find out more at lolawright.com/our-circle.You can follow Lola Wright, on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter and learn more about my work at lolawright.com.Chicago born and built, Lola grew up in wealth and privilege, yet always sensed something was missing. She sought out aliveness and freedom in music, immersing herself in the hip hop and house music scenes of 90s Chicago. After finding herself on her own at 23, as the mother of two young children, she became determined to create a new experience.Lola is an ordained minister with a gift for weaving together the mystical and material, she served for many years as the CEO of Bodhi Center, an organization committed to personal transformation, collective awakening, conscious activism, and community-building.This podcast is produced by Quinn Rose with theme music by independent producer Trey Royal.If you'd like to receive new episodes as they're published, please subscribe to Find Your Fierce & Loving in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. If you enjoyed this episode, please consider leaving a review in Apple Podcasts. Your reviews help others find the show.