Hidden Scars

Healing is about putting the pieces back together into a beautiful masterpiece

Kintsugi kin -su - gee
verb, def; the art of precious scars

The Japanese art of kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride. By repairing what is broken with gold a new lease on life is created that becomes even more beautiful thanks to its “scars”.

"We know that many people have begun to be more open to supporting and talking about trauma and mental health. We’re slowly shedding the stigma. It’s time now to be able to share our stories. As we meet these individuals who are our friends, partners, siblings and most of all loved ones, let’s celebrate who they are and how far they have come on the journey to healing. Trauma Practice for Healthy Communities is a place to grow and lean in to our stories so we can rise and support one another. Because #ittakesacommunity to heal."

Tom Walker

For me, I think one of the most powerful things is seeing your truth and not having to depend on their acknowledgement of it. I can never forgive you for it; what I can do is let you know that despite everything I’m okay.

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Ya'ara Saks

I believe that when we stick together we’re able to work through nearly anything. The Talmud says: All of Israel are responsible for one another. “Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh” It's this philosophy that makes resiliency and healing possible in communities. We are meant to take care of each other.

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Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes

We need to learn how to talk. When you think of young heterosexual kids, when they have their first crush, and it falls apart and they're devastated, they can come home... They can talk to somebody about their experience. But if you're LGBT, you have no one to talk to, even until today. 

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