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About Be Scofield

 

Be Scofield is a queer and transgender writer, Dr. King scholar and web/digital strategist. She is the founder of the popular online magazine Decolonizing Yoga and the online yoga school Mettaversity. Her work has appeared in Tikkun Magazine, Huffington Post, Integral World and Alternet and she has a chapter in the book “21st Century Yoga: Culture, Politics & Practice.” She’s written extensively on spirituality, social justice, atheism, religion, Martin Luther King Jr., transgender rights and Buddhism.

 

Be holds a B.A. in Psychology/Philosophy from Warren Wilson College (2006), has done graduate coursework in Postcolonial Anthropology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and holds a Master of Divinity from Starr King School for the Ministry (2008 – 2013) in the Unitarian Universalist tradition with emphases in Women’s Studies in Religion, Sacred Dance, African-American religion and Buddhism. Continued below…

Digital Strategist

As a designer and strategist Be has helped numerous leaders in the yoga, natural health and social justice fields create platforms and build their businesses. As the designer and director of programs for Greenmedinfo.com she helped position the company as one of the leading natural health news resources online today.  She has built numerous platforms from scratch and has grown Facebook pages, email lists, created digital products and marketing strategies. Her services include web design, course creation, business consulting, marketing and more.

 

Writing

In 2013, Be was the first to break the story about the depth of transphobia within Derrick Jensen’s Deep Green Resistance movement. The article led to widespread outcry and protest against Derrick Jensen and DGR. In 2010 she published the article “Integral Abuse: Andrew Cohen & the Culture of Evolutionary Enlightenment” which exposed the rampant abuse amongst integral leadership. Also in 2010, Be published a critical analysis of Seane Corn’s Off the Mat, Into the World yoga activist organization.

 

Dr. King Scholarship

Be’s research on Martin Luther King Jr.’s religious beliefs has been cited by the prominent Dr. King scholar Lewis Baldwin in his book “The Domestication of Martin Luther King Jr.” She taught a graduate course in Berkeley called “Dr. King and Empire: How MLK Jr. Resisted War, Capitalism and Christian Fundamentalism.” Her article “King’s God: The Unknown Faith of Martin Luther King Jr.” was published in the December, 2012 issue of Tikkun Magazine. Be is also the producer of “Dr. King: In His Own Words – War, Peace & Poverty” an audio CD with selections from Dr. King’s speeches/sermons on war, capitalism, imperialism, nonviolence and economic exploitation. The noted historian Howard Zinn called the cd “Quite wonderful and truly inspiring.”

 

Internships & Activism

 

Immokalee & Farmworker Justice

Be has participated in numerous internships, campaigns and movements for social justice and led groups on white privilege and institutional racism. Her activism began in Immokalee, FL – an immigrant farmworking town 45-min east of her hometown of Naples, Fl. Here, she volunteered with several organizations including the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

 

CooperRiis Healing Farm Community for Mental Illness

Be interned with CooperRiis in the summer of 2004, working alongside staff and leadership to support this profoundly healing and transformative community.

 

Interfaith Worker Justice / Beloved Community Center

In the summer of 2005 she participated in the Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) internship and was placed at the Beloved Community Center (BCC) an organization made up of the survivors of the Greensboro Massacre such as Rev. Nelson Johnson and Signe Waller. After a week of training with IWJ founder Kim Bobo and other labor and religious leaders she traveled to Greensboro, NC and spent the summer working on a number of issues including race, homelessness, class, labor organizing and most significantly the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States.

 

Metta Center for Nonviolence / Tikkun Magazine

In the summer of 2007 Be was one of ten students selected to participate in Michael Nagler’s Metta Mentors Nonviolence Internship in Berkeley, CA. The internship was an opportunity to experiment with nonviolence in social change organizations, as the interns were each placed in unique non-profits who were committed to serving the community.

 

Since 2005 she has also worked on anti-war issues, serving on the steering committee of the San Francisco chapter of the Iraq Moratorium and participating in many actions with CODEPINK and other peace groups.