Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Communal Healing

The need to create a space for community healing, as part of SBI’s programming, emerged at the onset of COVID-19 and during the wake of civil unrest in Chicago and nationally. As we co-labored with advocates and community healers, responding to the urgency of the hour, and caring for those most impacted by the profusion of social ills, the need for a space to heal became more pressing than ever before. We aim to work collaboratively with community healers to offer events that intentionally create space for healing, restoration and equipping activists, organizers and comrades in the struggle for justice and abolition.

This year, Grace Okerson, a second year Master of Arts in Public Ministry student at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, with a concentration in racial justice. Joined the SBI team as a graduate intern. Using her passions to dismantling white supremacy and prison abolition, we invited her to imagine and create a communal healing space for SBI. We are grateful for Grace and her collaboration to launch SBI's first communal healing space.

Early on we invited Rev. Dr. Stephanie M. Crumpton, ThD, Assistant Professor of Practical Theology McCormick Theological Seminary, to join us in this effort as a thought partner. For Dr. Crumpton, "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 a.m. 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." We are deeply grateful for Dr. Crumpton's contribution to SBI and communal healing.

Videos of presentations and supplemental materials. 

April 9: Connecting COVID, Trauma and Mental Health 
Additional resources: How Tos of Trauma Informed Practice; Why COVID Triggers Mental Health, Trauma Powerpoint.

April 16: Vulnerable Children in Times of Heightened Stress 
Additional Resource: Child Abuse Prevention and Resilience

April 23: COVID Grief Is Different 
Additional Resources: Digital Pastoral Care for Grief: Individual & Collective
Covid Grief is Different
Healing Grief Circle
Toure - Communla Grief and Lament

April 30: Health & Immunity 

May 7: Financial Trauma
Additional Resources: Values and Vision Handout
Fiscal Trauma
Financial Resources - Chicagoland Area

May 21: Food Insecurity
Additional Resource: Food Repository Resources

June 4: Part One - Now What? Disaster Recovery in Times Like These
Part Two - Phases of Disaster

June 18: 2nd Waves: Disaster Preparedness for the Long Haul 

July 16: When Trauma Changes You
Teresa Mateus -
Leah Amaral - @leahamaral (instagram)
Leah Amaral Presentation: Art Therapy

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.