We believe spiritual wellness is a human right, particularly for Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color who experience disproportionate trauma and harm. Pastoral care and chaplaincy is the support and love we offer each other within our Beloved Community. Led by volunteer ordained Unitarian Universalist BIPOC Clergy, the DRUUMM Chaplain Team, in covenant with the DRUUMM Steering Committee, works collectively to provide care to individual DRUUMM members through virtual and remote contact.
Please let us know of your individual request or referral of someone via our online DRUUMM Pastoral Request Form or by emailing [email protected]. A member of our team will get back to you within a week. If it is urgent, we will endeavor to respond within 24-48 hours.
The priority of our volunteer chaplains is to support our beloved DRUUMM Community and our Core Value of Healing from Oppression:
“In recognizing our systematic oppression and woundedness, we work towards personal and social transformation by providing sacred space to heal from internalized racism and other oppressions. By honoring the suffering, grieving and letting go, we engage in emotional release and catharsis. Seeking self-care, a safe and supportive community, and allies, we work towards collective liberation and healing.” – DRUUMM Values
DRUUMM Chaplains are available to you if you are personally experiencing:
- Grief related to the loss or upcoming loss of someone important to you.
- Illness (your own or that of someone close to you).
- Stress or trauma.
- Challenges in racial justice organizing or in your faith community.
- Other life transitions/situations.
What the team can provide:
We know that grief, illness, isolation, and immobility can have a profound impact on health and well-being. You don’t have to do this alone. Pastoral care is a spiritual practice that we all deserve.
We provide one-on-one pastoral support . . .
- For those experiencing death and grief over loss(es).
- For those who might be struggling with life transitions.
- By connecting individuals with resources and other referrals.
- Through consultation on personally difficult situations.
- Through a compassionate presence.
- Through cards and notes of appreciation.
- By holding you in collective prayer on our DRUUMM Chaplain Team.
What the team cannot provide:
DRUUMM’s pastoral care program is small and volunteer-based. As such, while we recognize that there are often pastoral needs at the level of a group, a community, or a whole congregation, DRUUMM’s pastoral care program is focused on individual, one-on-one pastoral support of a finite or one-time nature. We are unable to take on systems or group-level needs. We are also unable to take on ongoing or indefinite pastoral counseling needs.
How to reach the DRUUMM Chaplain Team
If you find yourself in a hardship or otherwise stressful situation, our Chaplain team may be able to assist you. Communications are considered confidential. Every effort is made to maintain the privacy of a DRUUMM member.
Just as important, if you know that a fellow member needs support, let us know your concerns. Always obtain permission before sharing details about someone else’s medical or personal condition with the team.
Chaplain Team Members
He is the author of 3 books and has written for many publications. Rev. Crestwell was the Sunday Morning Worship leader/speaker at the 2012 UUA General Assembly in Phoenix, Arizona, delivering a sermon to over 4,000 people.
John has always been committed to working with/for the marginalized and is a self-proclaimed UU Evangelist. He is married to Joni R. Crestwell and has five adult children.