"It's Okay to Pray...AND Go to Counseling." It's a debate that I find myself having every few months with my (very Christian, very southern) Black family. Any conversation about mental health and healing in my family usually ends with the age-old adage, just pray about it. Or, "you can't pray and worry, so which one … Continue reading It’s Okay to Pray…AND Go to Counseling.
I come from a long line of Black Christian women whose faith got them through and embolden them to be courageous in the face of systemic oppression and personal challenges. I’m aware of the ways that Christianity has been (and continues to be) weaponized against people with varying faith and thought traditions, races, genders, and sexualities. Because of those histories and contexts, I share my faith within the context of it being mine alone and not the way others, even within Christian traditions, experience faith, spirituality, and meaning making.