Recent Young Adult Blog Posts
Meet our 2019 General Assembly Spark Leaders!
At this summer’s General Assembly, UUCSJ is excited to offer our third annual stipended leadership opportunity to alumni of our programs and related justice and leadership initiatives to support their engagement in social justice education, action, and outreach at GA....
Sustaining Ourselves for the Long Haul
Sometimes, as we begin new experiences, we find ourselves out of our “comfort zones”, confronted with our privilege and biases, and faced with parts of world (and even ourselves) that may be disorienting or difficult to accept. At the same time, you may find these new challenges exhilarating and empowering to explore. Given the range of emotions and experiences that may emerge, this work requires deep inner fortitude, and the cultivation of compassion, courage, patience and commitment.
Older activists and social justice advocates who have spent years in this work tend to give the same advice: “If you are in it for the long haul, then take care of your emotions, take care of your mind, take care of your body. Reflect on your own judgments and your own biases, and let go of them. And keep being open to serve.” — Former Black Panther Ericka Huggins
The challenge is one of learning to sustain ourselves (along with our courage, our commitment and our energy) throughout the long arc of justice building, while also cultivating the kinds of traits and habits that make us effective activists and compassionate human beings.
How can that be done?
There are many possible approaches, of course. At UUCSJ, we firmly believe that developing a spiritual practice is one very powerful way to respond to the challenge of taking care of ourselves and sustaining ourselves for a long, healthy life of social justice work.
Spiritual Self-Care Practices
The following are some additional resources if you’d like to pursue this topic in a little more detail:
- READ: Sacred Practices for Resilience and Resistance (by The Sanctuaries DC – one of our internship sites)
- READ: 45 Simple Self-Care Practices for a Healthy Mind, Body, and Soul
Closing Reading: "The Legacy of Caring"
Read the poem “The Legacy of Caring”