Centers for Spiritual Living BIPOC Sacred Circle Series
for Practitioners and Members
This is a prime moment for healing to be revealed for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in our communities. There have been ongoing oppressions and marginalization of these communities historically up to current times. The varieties of trauma that result from these experiences often are retained in the physical, emotional, psychological, and even spiritual bodies of people in BIPOC communities.
Center for Spiritual Living is continuing the conversation for greater awareness around racial disparity and transformation. This Sacred Circle Series includes sessions for BIPOC Ministers, Practitioners, and Members. We will explore the somatic responses that are held from the traumas of our historical and current day societal experiences. As these groups sit in sacred circle together in support and discussion, the guiding resource will be My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, by Resmaa Menakem (Central Recovery Press, 2017). Each group will explore together the concepts in the book, their lived experiences, as well as engage some of the suggested exercises individually and collectively.
There has been ongoing oppression and marginalization of these communities historically up to current times. The varieties of trauma that result from these experiences often are retained in the physical, emotional, psychological, and even spiritual bodies of people in BIPOC communities.
Here are the desired outcomes of this Sacred Circle Series:
- Create a safe space for honest reflection and awareness of racialized trauma in our lives and in our bodies
- Incorporate spiritual practice with body practices from in the book for healing to be revealed
- Regardless of knowledge and awareness levels, come together in community for individual and collective healing and support
It is our full intention that this program will create a confidential space to be honest without shame or judgment for opportunities to learn and grow together. These sessions will not be recorded. Please purchase your book for the series as soon as possible, as it has been on back order in some locations.
BIPOC Ministers Circle Facilitators:
Rev. Dr. Sunshine Michelle Coleman is a seasoned facilitator and convener of sacred space, an ordained CSL minister, and founding community leader of Authenticity Journey of Renewal Focus Ministry. She recently completed her doctorate on the exploration of authentic self-expression within Black and Brown women in the United States.
Rev. Ruth Littlejohn is a seasoned facilitator of small groups, an ordained Religious Science minister, and founding spiritual leader of Hampton Roads CSL, which is now Agape East. Ruth is currently co-facilitating with Rev. Champion Fleming Affinity groups for African American and White women to access and interrupt internalized and dominant racism.
BIPOC Practitioners & Members Circles: Save-the-date and stay tuned for more information and registration.
Times: 5-weeks, 90 minutes/session, 5:30 pm Pacific, 6:30 pm Mountain, 7:30 pm Central, 8:30 p, Eastern
Dates for Practitioners: Tuesdays, January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, 2020
Dates for Members: Thursdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, 2020
Resources and suggested pre-reading for BIPOC Circles: