Faith: A significant aspect of self-care
As advocates and activists working to end violence, we often see and hear the worst; and often we’ve experienced the worst first-hand. For many of us, our religious and spiritual practices and beliefs are a key to how we process and recover from exposure to trauma. Our spiritual communities may be one place where we can seek support and guidance.
Faith: Questions for activists to consider
• How does Spirit (however you define it) inspire you?
• What beliefs and traditions and practices support your work for justice?
• What traditions (new or ancient) do you use to overcome the weariness that is part of activism?
• What practices sustain you?
• Where do you turn for spiritual sustenance?
For advocates and activists faith can be a source of hope and healing that provides:
• Connection to something greater
• Connection to community and support
• Connection to family, tradition, history
• Spiritual sustenance
• Accessible language of hope, healing, and a recognition of suffering