In the handbook, Abigail Clauhs, ’17, M.Div., writes that The Protest Chaplain’s Handbook was created in part because spiritual caregivers have opportunity to “provide care, counseling, and a sense of the sacred in the midst of chaos,” further explaining that spiritual grounding is especially important for religious communities engaging in nonviolent action.
Abigail created this Protest Chaplain’s Handbook as a class project for her Justice in Spiritual Care class at CST. In it, she describes the role of protest chaplains and their need for grounding in social justice theory, as well as providing practical before, during, and after spiritual care ideas. Particularly helpful, Abigail has curated spiritual and practical resources for caregivers that include interfaith readings, liturgy, customizable models for services, and links to organizations that work with nonviolent direct action and protestors’ arrests.
From the Handbook: “Aimed both at religious communities looking to be more involved in justice work and activist communities looking to integrate spirituality into their actions, this handbook is a resource for religious or spiritual leaders who will be involved in protests and are interested in providing spiritual care in the context of nonviolent direct action.”
To access the PDF of the project visit abigailclauhs.com or click here.
Spinning off the popular interreligious “CoExist” sticker, Abigail also created the “CoResist” image seen here. She was inspired by Professor Najeeba Syeed’s words, “We need interreligious scholarship that is beyond coexistence and dialogue. That gets to our need for co-resistance.” Abigail has also made this image free and available to any who would like to use it. For more details about the design and/or to download it, please visit her website at https://abigailclauhs.com/projects/co-resist-design/.
Abigail Clauhs is a recent graduate of CST’s Interfaith Chaplaincy M.Div. program. An activist who is passionate about spiritually-grounded healing justice work, she is currently working as a chaplain resident in a year-long program at Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, Oregon, to complete her chaplain training. As a Candidate for Unitarian Universalist ministry, Abigail plans to pursue ordination as a community minister and to do chaplaincy work at the intersection of spiritual care and social justice.