Bear Witness: Save Lives, CB Beal

Join us for a worship experience that will restore your spirit and invigorate your mind.

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Coming to USG remotely, CB Beal will share about the spiritual practice of bearing witness and trusting others to bear witness to us. As we work toward Beloved Community, it is vital that we are able to tell the truths about our lives. This requires trust that those with us on the journey will be still and bear witness to us, and acknowledge and accept the truths of what we share about our experiences as humans in a complex world.

CB Beal, M.Div. (they/them/theirs) specializes in facilitating learning experiences that involve issues of marginalization, oppression, and privilege, helping participants hold the complexities of our lives in perspective, to co-create a safe[r] brave[r] space within which people can be challenged to learn and grow.

They are a dynamic and humorous speaker and frequent presenter and consultant in congregations and schools in the northeast in Preemptive Radical Inclusion, safer communities/congregations, and supporting gender creative and transgender/non-binary children and youth in schools and youth-serving organizations.  They are an Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education trainer and trainer of trainers nationally and teach sexuality and consent education to elementary and middle schoolers and parents around Massachusetts. They also support organizations, groups and individuals doing change work.

Prior to consulting full time, they were the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence for 16 years after holding education and training positions in adjacent fields. CB received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1991 and was the recipient of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2019 Angus H. MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education. 

CB is a white, non-binary/genderqueer, queer, mostly able-bodied fat person.