Sacred Sisters United: Strategies for Living
Peer Support Groups Purpose 2020
Sacred Sister Peer Groups were originated for the purpose of creating a safe place and space for personal support and loving accountability for clergywomen of African descent as they work to achieve their goals for health and wellness. In this way they can lead as healed healers, facilitating health and wholeness in their congregations and communities.
The goal is to practice loving themselves as they love others (put their own “masks on first”) so that all concerned achieve optimum wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
PRACTICES OF THE PEER GROUP:
1. To create a supportive network of Clergywomen of African descent to enhance their pastoral excellence through building healthy body, mind, and spirit practices.
2. To develop a wellness plan with resources that are culturally specific to increase awareness of common stressors and ways of integrating healthy practices.
3. Needs clarification: To optimize strengths for ministry by developing media resources for Clergywomen of African descent to be used within the denomination and in their community.
4.Needs clarification: To practice strategies that will strengthen their ability to advocate for equitable treatment.
TIPS FOR PEER GROUP ON SACRED SISTER WEBSITE:
Sacred Sisters Peer Learning Groups are aimed at enhancing pastoral excellence by :
Building a healthy body, mind and spirit practices.
Supporting clergywomen’s professional growth by practicing strengths-based strategies that will equip you to enhance your interpersonal skills.
Continuing your professional development.
PEER GROUP COVENANT:
Prior to attending the 2020 Sacred Sisters Retreat, you are invited to:
Support and pray for your Peer Group
Connect with you Peer Group for sacred conversation (what’s working to manifest your vision) and prayer (i.e. in person, conference call, text, Skype, online, etc.), at least once a month.
Meet together face-to-face at least one time between April 2019 and September 2020. Agree that all 5-7 women in the Peer Group will participate in the Ubuntu.
HOW TO GATHER A SACRED SISTER GROUP:
EACH ONE REACH ONE
One sister invites another sister to join her in prayer and mutual support (2 sisters) Together in prayer, they each reach out to one other sister they want to join them (4 sisters)
The 4 together in prayer reach out to two more sisters until 5-7 women have committed to pray with and support each other