I am Azmera Hammouri-Davis and I am honored to serve as your Africana Spirituality Advisor for the Africana Chaplaincy. Rooted in our rich legacy -- past, present and future -- it is a blessing to serve all who are exploring and/or interested in Africana Spiritual life and traditions.
The Africana Chaplaincy acknowledges and welcomes all ways of being and knowing that are practiced by the African diaspora albeit Santeria, Ifa, Candomble, Voodoo, Yoruba, Akom, Diagara, N'golo (among many others) as well as Abrahamic religions. Here we offer religious and philosophical programming and mentorship that supports the social-emotional and spiritual needs of our ever-growing and expansive community. I work in close partnership with the Africana Center and University Chaplaincy to provide spiritual care and counsel. A continual student of life, as you navigate the uncertainties -- ebbs and flows -- of your journey, I understand that spiritual direction and guidance are crucial aspects to the overall development of the human being.
My introduction to Africana Spirituality came as a child, imbued in the Afro-Carribean tradition of Rastafari, the Afro-American tradition of Kwanzaa, and the Afro-Brasilian tradition of Capoeira. My college years were shaped by the USC Saved by Grace Gospel Choir, Intervarsity, and non-denominational Christianity. Prior to completing my Masters of Theological Studies in African/American Religions at Harvard, I lived in Salvador Bahia, Brasil where I studied Afro-indigenous origins of Capoeira in the grass-roots community. Before finishing my program I also completed learning-in-context courses on religious pluralism through an Africana lens while in Palestine/Israel.
I welcome you, wherever you may be in your spiritual path, to come as you are. If you are completely new to Africana spirituality, I invite you to watch segments from our recent Unlearning Retreat, where we had the privilege to learn from Dr. Liseli Fitzpatrick, Professor of African Cosmologies at Wellesley College and Akan Priestess of the Ghanaian Akom tradition, Akosua, in partnership with the Hindu Chaplaincy.