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A Balm in Gilead is a seed of hope.

Through a series of prayerful moments, faith leaders across the country offer words of encouragement for those struggling during this holiday season. After an unprecedented year, bringing multiple challenges for so many of us, people of faith must cling to hope even in the midst of our struggles.

Sometimes, we simply need a reminder that God is present. “A Balm in Gilead” is that reminder.

Balm in Gilead: Those Suffering from the Grief of Isolation
Rev. Teresa "Terri" Hord Owens
General Minister and President
Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada
for Activists and Advocates who are tired
Rev. Vahisha Hasan
Director of SEAL at American Baptist College,
Executive Director of Movement In Faith,
and Associate Minister at Christ Missionary Baptist Church
Black men
Rev. Rae Karim
Pastor of First Christian Church of Honolulu
for Black Children Hearing and Watching the Racial Unrest
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie
Director of Racial Justice Ministries
at Scarritt Bennett Center
for the Black LGBTQIA community
Rev. Rae Karim
Pastor of First Christian Church of Honolulu
Balm in Gilead: for Black Women
Rev. Donna Olivia Owusu-Ansah
Associate Minister, New Hope Baptist Church
and Chaplain, Haven Hospice
Balm in Gilead: Essential Workers
Pastor Aaron X. Marble
Senior Pastor, Jefferson Street Missionary Baptist Church
Balm in Gilead: Loss Due to COVID-19
Rev. Cherisna Jean-Marie
Director of Racial Justice Ministries
at Scarritt Bennett Center
those who have lost loved ones to police violence
Pastor Napoleon Harris
First Baptist Church South Inglewood
for those affected by the March Nashville tornado
Rev. Stacey Harwell-Dye
Pastor of Missions and Outreach
West End United Methodist Church
mental health
Rev. Vahisha Hasan
Director of SEAL at American Baptist College,
Executive Director of Movement In Faith,
and Associate Minister at Christ Missionary Baptist Church
racial trauma
Rev. Dieula Previlon
Pastor and Licensed Professional Counselor, ElevateHer International
for those who mourn at Christmastime
Pastor Napoleon Harris
First Baptist Church Inglewood
Victims of Domestic Violence
Rev. Jean M. Norton
Founder, HeartSong Awakenings Therapeutic Music Practices
For Those Who Have Experienced a Loss Due to COVID19
Rev. Dieula Previlon
Pastor and Licensed Professional Counselor, ElevateHer International
For those who have lost loved ones to gun violence
Rev. James C. Turner II
Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church
For Those Who Mourn at the Holidays
Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings
Senior Pastor, New Covenant Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
A litany for frontline workers
Rev. Dr. Donna Patterson
Soul Work Program Volunteer & Anam Cara, Scarritt Bennett Center
Victims of Domestic Violence
Dr. Robin Kimbrough Hayes
Chaplain and Special Advisor, Meharry Medical College
For Those Who Have Experienced a Loss Due to COVID19
Rev. Dr. Teresa L. Smallwood
Associate Director, Public Theology and Racial Justice Collaborative
Vanderbilt Divinity School
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Resources for Support

for black lgbtqia

Center for Black Equity

Oasis Center, Inc. (Nashville)

black men

Psychology Today: African American Therapists in Tennessee

Therapy for Black Men

black women
ElevateHer Counseling

Dieula Previlon, Pastor and Licensed Counselor

Therapy for Black Girls

covid-19 support

Call 2-1-1

(Davidson County, Tennessee)

domestic violence

The Hotline

Call: 800.799.SAFE (7233)
Chat online: https://www.thehotline.org/

TN Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

Learn more » https://www.tncoalition.org/

YWCA of Nashville Domestic Violence Services

24-hour Crisis & Support Helpline
Call: 1-800-334-4628
Text: 615-983-5170
Website »

grief

Alive Hospice Grief Support Services

Call: (615) 963-4732
Website »

mental health

Mental Health America

racial trauma

Center for Racial Justice

ElevateHer Counseling

Dieula Previlon, Pastor and Licensed Counselor

Mental Health America

tornado support

Call 2-1-1

(Davidson County, Tennessee)