This summer SBI will be collaborating with Rev. Stephanie M. Crumpton, Th.D Assistant Professor of Practical Theology McCormick Theological Seminary to create healing spaces for community organizers and activist. Crumpton has a deep commitment to and passion for providing holistic healing spaces for justice-makers and freedom-fighters. In Dr. Crumpton's words:
"Fighting injustice means close contact in the street with the evils of oppression, and that can change us. No matter what role we take up in the movement for justice, we cannot underestimate the importance of paying attention to how this work can take a toll on our bodies, hearts, minds, spirits and relationships. Where do we hurt and how are we carrying it? What is that feeling, and who are we becoming as we weather seasons and cycles of resistance, defeat, triumph, and more? I can hear Kimberly Wilkins, AKA Sweet Brown, yelling Ain't nobody got time for that. True. But, if we don't make the time to tend to ourselves even as we fight, what will there be left of us to show? These are the concerns, questions and callings that invite me to step into the legacy of healing work that accompanies Black radical resistance. I am glad to find myself in the tide with many others who take healing and wholeness seriously. This is the work, and at the moment it takes shape through deep attention to breath-work as the primary focus of yoga classes for folks who could use space to pause, reflect, choose life and restore even as they fight death-dealing injustice."
It is an absolute gift to be able to work with Dr. Crumpton this summer. Events will be coming soon!
Videos of presentations and supplemental materials.
April 30: Health & Immunity
August 6 and 20: Resilient Children & Parents
September 3 and 17: Care in Movement Building
October 1 and 15: Mass Incarceration
Co-sponsored by McCormick Theological Seminary, AAAS/DoSER, and The Presbytery of Chicago.