Social Justice and Spiritual Emergence

Maryanne Godboldo's story


Excellent and relevant reading:

Disability Incarcerated

spiritual justice issues

In the video shown here, black mother Mary Anne Godboldo faces down a tank and a swat team to try to protect her twelve year old daughter from imprisonment and violence.  During my own spiritual emergency, I experienced violence, coercion, imprisonment (in a psychiatric ward) and involuntary medication.  But as a white cis woman from an upper middle class family, I was able to use my privilege to be checked out Against Medical Advice by family.  What followed was hard, but I consider myself lucky.

The Spiritual Emergence and Mad Pride movements are overwhelmingly white, and largely middle to upper class.  As oppressive as the dominant mental health paradigm can be to everyone, it is even more so to people of color, disabled people, and the LGBTQ community.  This must change.  There are huge issues of access that must be addressed.  Michelle H and I recently had the honor of teaching a Spiritual Emergence workshop at the CIIS Community Mental Health conference, and we connected with many people who had never heard of Spiritual Emergence but resonated with it deeply.  That was one small beginning, and to be honest I often feel at a loss, and know there is so much more to be done, but wanted to voice here our commitment to presencing racial, economic, and all forms of oppression, and working to transform it, within this community.  

This page will continue to evolve, please let us know if you have ideas or are interested in collaborating!

— Michelle B.