A Prayer for Uvalde
May 27, 2022
Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Children. Too many children. Your children. All of them. Each one. Lord, sometimes it is too much to bear, And yet we come to you in our grief, in our anger, In our shock, in our weeping, To do that very thing, To ask you to help us bear that which is unbearable.
Reflection on "The Soul of the Helper"
May 25, 2022
Dr. Holly Oxhandler, author of The Soul of the Helper: Seven States to Seeing the Sacred Within Yourself So You Can See It In Others was the second speaker in our Psychotherapy Webinar Series. Her topic was “The Soul of the Helper: Contemplating and Integrating the Intersection between spirituality and mental health.”
Searching for Hope
May 23, 2022
After the racist mass shooting in Buffalo and shootings in California, Houston, and Chicago, images of violence and grief engulfed my mind. I can only imagine the heightened vulnerability Black, Indigenous, and people of color feel as members of targeted groups. Black Americans are twice as likely as white Americans to die from gun violence and 14 times more likely than white Americans to be wounded, as documented by the gun violence prevention group Brady.
Strange and Stranger Fruit
May 20, 2022
Strange fruit may no longer hang from poplar trees Nor do black bodies swing freely in the Southern breeze Yet our blood still flows at the roots Black folks blood Flows in the streets Flows in the church Flows in the aisles Flows in our homes Flows from our black bodies Flows
Reflection on the Laguna Wood Taiwanese Church Shooting Incident
May 20, 2022
The Laguna Wood Church shooting incident became a wake-up call for me. Receiving a text from my sister in Taiwan, informing me that my uncle’s church in California was the target of the shooting was shocking to me. There are different kinds of hate crimes; usually, they are racially motivated in the US context. However, this one is different. It is a politically motivated hate crime: A Chinese man decided to kill the Taiwanese because he hated them.