Spiritual Feeding: An Update from CARE by Alicia Reese

At CARE’s most recent meeting, the first for our newest members, our co-moderator, Robert Crouch, opened our time together with a time of devotion where we heard Scripture read and then reflected on and shared some of the ways that we feed our spirits.

To do the work of anti-racism, self-care is important. In order to do this work for any kind of extended period of time, one must have tried and true ways of refilling their cup of feeding their spirit and soul. Here are the ways the CARE team nurtures themselves for this work:

• Daily devotional reading and reflection
• Journaling, reflective writing
• Therapy
• Prayer (in a variety of ways!)
• Quality time with loved ones
• Disciplined spiritual practice (confession, scripture, prayer)
• Weekly Sabbath (a full day of nothing but things that bring you joy!)
• Spending time in nature — walking, camping, gardening
• Solitude
• Music (jazz in particular! Singing and solo dance parties!)
• Walking the dog
• Taking and serving communion
• Caring for other living things (pets, people, plants)
• The Lord’s Prayer
• Take “Blessing Breaks”
• Communal and private worship

We also invite you to listen to the FARE Introduction to Systemic Racism Playlist. You can listen to most of thesesongs on this Spotify playlist.

FARE Introduction to Systemic Racism Playlist (and other awesome songs)

• Welcome Back by Mase
• Lakota Lullaby cover by Alexia Evellyn
• All Nations Rise by Lyla June
• Glory by Common & John Legend
• A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
• Down to the River to Pray by Alison Krauss
• Holy War by Alicia Keys
• The Times They are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
• Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley
• Wake Up Everybody by John Legend & The Roots
• Wade in the Water by The Spirituals
• Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone) by Pentatonix
• Higher Love by Whitney Huston, Kygo
• Rise Up by Andra Day
• Acouscous by emawk
• Freedom by Jon Batiste
• Breaths by Sweet Honey in the Rock
• We Shall be Known by Mamuse (feat. Thrive Choir)
• There is More Love Somewhere by Bernice Johnson Reagon
• Poetic Reading: “You Are Who I Love” by Aracelis Girmay
• American Tune by Paul Simon (feat. Rhiannon Giddens)