7th Annual BSAP Conference
April 6-7, 2018
Toah Nipi Retreat Center
Directions are available from the conference registration link above.
We will have transportation available from Boston to Toah Nipi on Friday and Saturday for those who need it. If you plan to make use of this service, please plan to be in Boston by 2pm on Friday April 6. Watch this page for more details in the coming weeks.
Yes, Black folks can have healthy lives, reside in safe spaces, and promote healthy communities. Our lives may be a mess; but, they do not have to be. As the scripture says (to paraphrase): we are first to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength; secondly, we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. To do this, we should strive to be at our best (whatever our situation or circumstance). We need to engage in “self-care” in mind, body, soul, and spirit.
Circumstances for many African Americans make the topic of self-care tenuous at best, and non-existent for most scholars and professionals. Self-care, which is care provided “for you, by you,” occurs through daily practice of the scriptures, prayer and serving yourself as well as others. It’s about identifying your own needs and taking steps to meet them. It is taking the time to do some of the activities that nurture you in addition to nurturing others.
Example: Self Care For Women
Self-care means “Black Lives Matter” enough to seek and know of the goodness of God; to confront and have victory over the daily trauma of sin and evil that Black folks deal with whether that trauma take the forms of physical, spiritual, mental, or emotional challenges.
This conference will address effective practices (mental, physical, emotional and spiritual) to cope with trauma and to live godly resilient lives. First, we should seek the kingdom of righteousness and allow ourselves to be empowered through Jesus Christ, our healer. Then, we can build a foundation of resistance and resiliency through the scriptures. Additionally, there are practical applications we can adopt which move us towards wellness. The “Black Scholars and Professionals Matter” conference, April 6-7, 2018, will focus on the kind of self-care that promotes wellness and health in body, mind, soul, and spirit. Join us for this exciting exploration!