Movement Chaplaincy: Meeting Spiritual Needs in our Movements for Justice

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In this moment of social uprising and the compounding crises related to the global pandemic, many clergy and lay leaders are experiencing a pull to use pastoral skills in service to the wave of social change and constantly shifting needs. Movement Chaplaincy, the work of spiritual accompaniment to justice movements and their leaders, is an emerging vocation that brings care, healing, and resilience-building to our struggles for justice. On July 29, 2020 the Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, Director of Religion and Civic Engagement at Odyssey Impact and Micky ScottBey Jones, Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives at Faith Matters Network led a panel of movement chaplaincy leaders who shared their wide-ranging experiences in responding in this moment.

Movement Chaplaincy is the work of spiritual accompaniment to justice movements and their leaders.

Resources to help lead congregations, communities and classroom discussion on topics related to movement chaplaincy.

To help you in your work, please review the video excerpts of the intimate conversation, curated by Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes, Mercer University, along with brief expert reflections, discussion questions and suggested additional resources.

What is Movement Chaplaincy
Curated Video Clip #1

Duration [14:05]

The Wells We Draw From
Curated Video Clip #2

Duration [5:19]

Movement Building without Martyrdom
Curated Video Clip #3

Duration [11:19]

Expert Reflection and Discussion Guide

We hope that the accompanying written resources will support you in your work while leading your congregations and in educational settings during this time. We have heard from our wider network that these “bite-sized” resources are ideal for clergy cohort groups, deacon/congregational care teams, seminary education modules, and general faith leader edification and support.

Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes

For these curated video clips and written resources, we are grateful to Rev. Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes of Mercer University and author of I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision for Racial Reconciliation, and Too Heavy a Yoke: Black Women and the Burden of Strength.

A teacher of mine says, ‘Wisdom is knowing how long things take’, and I really hold that when I’m looking at the long view.

Panel Moderators:

Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime

Director of Religion and Civic Engagement
Odyssey Impact

Micky ScottBey Jones

Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives
Faith Matters Network

Panelists:

Helen Bennett

Movement Chaplain
Tzedek Lab
Boston, MA

Rev. Kim Jackson

Atlanta Protest Chaplains
Atlanta, GA

Imama Trina Jackson

Muslims for Progressive Values
Atlanta, GA

Victor Narro

Project Director and Labor Studies
Professor, UCLA Labor Center
Los Angeles, CA

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