Self-Care in Times of Social Tension

by Rev. Jamaal Williams. The Front Porch, June 3, 2020.

This pastoral letter provides hope and self-care ideas for when the trauma of racism becomes too much to bear.


spiritual encouragement; scripture and theology that reference self-care; ideas for spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health

Best For

Black churches and congregations working toward racial justice



Suggested Uses

  • Find hope and rest from racial injustice by sharing this letter and practicing its self-care recommendations.
  • Discover the theological support for self-care and find comfort in God's care.

About the Contributor

McKenzie Scott Lewis

A Baptist minister, McKenzie Scott Lewis’ faith experience ranges from Methodist, Church of God in Christ, Charismatic to Baptist. He has taught at IUPUI, served as corporate diversity director at Wellpoint Inc, coordinated diversity and inclusion efforts at Clarian Health Partners and served as CEO and chief cultural strategist for The MSL Group. He brings energy and experience to engage listeners from all walks of life.

A graduate of DePauw University, McKenzie has written extensively in his area of expertise, including the articles “Building Boardroom Trust” from the July 2009 Leadership Ventures Newsletter; “Editorial on Diversity” in the November 2008 Indiana Business Journal (IBJ); “Clarian Health Partners: United We Thrive” in the April 2007 issue of DiversityInc, Magazine; and “Helping Diversity to Grow Up” in New York Voice/Harlem USA October 1997 edition.

Formerly the director of the Center’s Northwest office in Crown Point, McKenzie Scott Lewis is the director of a new Center for Congregations project: Congregations with Communities.

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