Alexx Temeña

Alexx Temeña is a multidisciplinary artist, experiential designer, and somatic minister. Her work focuses on creating spaces of Rest, creative intuition, and embodiment for healing our disconnection from ourselves, each other, our ancestors, the earth, and the Divine. She draws on the mediums of visual poetry, photography, movement arts, installation, and public practice. Alexx’s work explores the question: What structures, rituals, and ceremonies must we build in order to reclaim our wholeness and nurture sacred belonging?

At First Church, she will be co-crafting liturgy grounded in the principles of Rest, embodiment, interconnectedness, and ecology, gradually building an imagination of a new monthly ritual sacrament for the church’s Sunday services. This residency is supported by a Ministry Exploration and Mentoring Grant sponsored by the Forum for Theological Education (FTE).

For over 10 years, Alexx has been bridging the arts, design, and spirituality to create experiences that center mindfulness, anti-racism and equity, purpose, and belonging for schools, teams, and organizations. She has worked with Nike, Onward, UWC ISAK Japan, and UC Davis, and has presented her work at Mills College, and Massachusetts Museum for Contemporary Art. Alexx earned her BA in Contemplative Psychology and BS in Cognitive Neuroscience at Brown University. She is a student in the Master of Divinity program at Chicago Theological Seminary.