I have experience facilitating groups related to religion, spirituality, sexuality, gender, and mental health. I believe good facilitation is a skillful art that requires social awareness, empathy, the ability to set boundaries with kindness, and being a grounded presence.
I led a monthly topic-focused spirituality group for LGBT adults over a period of two years. Topics included:
- Coming Out as a Person of Faith
- Gender and Spirituality
- The History of Christmas and Other Winter Celebrations
- Meditation: Beyond Om
- Divine Women
- Leaving an Ex-Gay Ministry
- Grief and Loss
I co-facilitated a process group for LGBTQ people reflecting on negative faith experiences for six months. As part of this group, I helped hold space for people as they acknowledged their spiritual wounds, referred them to clinical care when applicable, and led them in a creative activity to help process their experiences. Activities included:
- mindfulness meditation
- creating altars
- letter writing to ones’ younger self
- creating a “Greatest Hits” album of songs that represent one’s spiritual journey
I have also facilitated groups for faith leaders as they learn about LGBTQ issues and discern how their communities can support LGBTQ people. More about that work can be found in GeneralConsulting.