Why does faith matter?

There are at least two core reasons that advocates and activists need to understand the role of faith in addressing violence:
→ Cultural responsiveness/ competency when working with victims/survivors of faith
→ Self-care and addressing the secondary trauma of working to end violence


Cultural Responsiveness to Victims/Survivors:
Faith is a Cultural Competency

Just as we recognize the centrality of one’s race, ethnicity, language, gender-identity, and sexuality as core to how a person navigates the world, faith is central to many people’s lives. Spiritual beliefs, connection to organized religion, and/or to a community of believers, are things that form many people’s morals, ethics, and understanding about themselves and their place in the world. Even if the individual is not actively practicing or connected to any particular tradition or spiritual path, there may be past influences that continue to inform how they see their place in the world. Religious beliefs are intrinsic to many people’s identity, and to their view of the world. These beliefs often influence their decisions and are lenses through which they see their lives. Read More>>>

Self-Care and Trauma Stewardship:
Replenishing the Spirit to Continue the Work

As an activist and advocate committed to justice, equality, and liberation you may be grounded in a religious or spiritual tradition, or you may have adopted or developed a spiritual practice that connects you to “something greater.” Faith and spirituality give us many ways to sustain ourselves and our work. Whether or not you share the same faith tradition as Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, or Martin Luther King, Jr., we can all learn from the inspiration their spiritual beliefs gave to their justice work, and the tremendous strength and comfort those beliefs gave to their lives, especially through trauma and hardship. Read More>>>