A Ministry of the United Church of Christ
The Shalom Spiritual Center is hosting this retreat to explore how African-American women respond to the scars of unprocessed trauma and how trauma emotional wounds manifest from one generation to the next. Our panelists will use a group-based process for discerning and reducing trauma energy, providing participants with the skills needed to facilitate integration and eventual healing.
This retreat is designed for African-American women who are survivors of generational, racial, and sexual trauma. It will be held at Central Congregational United Church of Christ, 2676 Clairmont Road, Atlanta, GA 30329.
Our panelists include Rev. Dr. Aqueelah Salome, Rev. Brenda Perry. Wallace, MDiv., EdD, Rev. Darla Broden, MDiv., Esq., and Rev. Sharon F. Hibbert, MDiv., LCSW. Learn more about these distinguished experts.
Registration Fee: Donation $35* REGISTER NOW.
* Female military veterans may attend for free, but please call to confirm. This will help us to ensure an accurate count.
- Continental breakfast and lunch at the event
- Monthly peer-to-peer support for 1 year (in-person and online)
- Monthly therapeutic encounters, upon request
- End-of-year retreat in 2024
Founder and Spiritual Director of The Shalom Spiritual Center. Board President of PATHWAYS Theological Education. Certified Pastoral Counselor and Ethics Consultant. Former Senior Pastor, Hospital Chaplain, and Hospice Chaplain. Served as an Officer in the United States Army.
Minister. Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Certified Educator. Author. Broadcast Host. Former Assistant Pastor of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, GA, and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. Former Director of Chaplaincy, The Villages of East Lake, Atlanta, GA.
Minister and Pastoral Care Specialist. Board Member, The Shalom Spiritual Center.Award-winning writer and storyteller specializing in the use of creative arts in caring for patients, forgiveness and self-care for caregivers, spirituality, grief, and transformation through gratitude. Former Hospice Chaplain.
Minister. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with master’s degrees in divinity and social work. Author of "Strengthening Black Male and Female Relationships," "WARS – 'Women at Risk Spiritual' – HIV-AIDS Education and Testing" and "The Womanish” Theo-Ethics of Mary McLeod Bethune and its Implications for Welfare Reform."
Reverend Dr. Aqueelah Salome is the Founder and Spiritual Director of The Shalom Spiritual Center, a ministry of transformation for those seeking healing and spiritual refuge. She also serves as Board President for PATHWAYS Theological Education, a progressive online asynchronous school of theology education for those seeking ordination or a deeper appreciation of theology.
She is certified as a Pastoral Counselor from the College of Pastoral Supervision & Psychotherapy. In addition, she has a certificate in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Health Care Ethics from the University of Virginia.
Rev. Salome has held several ministerial positions, including serving as the Senior Pastor of The First Church of North Miami Congregational, United Christ of Christ, Associate Pastor of Pembroke Manor United Church of Christ, Police Chaplain for the North Miami Police Department, Trauma Chaplain for Sentara Norfolk Hospital, Hospice Chaplain for VITAS Healthcare, Executive Director of The Richmond Education Peace Center, and the Executive Director of The Institute for Southern Studies.
She graduated from the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She also completed a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
Before her call to ministry, Rev. Salome served as an Officer in the United States Army.
Reverend Dr. Brenda Perry Wallace is a certified Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) Certified Educator. She has also done mission work where she taught ministers at the United Theological College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. She has served in the parish as an Assistant Pastor of Oakhurst Baptist Church in Decatur, GA and the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA. To preach in the same pulpit as the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was one of Brenda’s highest achievements.
Dr. Wallace developed a community ministry program and served as the Director of Chaplaincy in the south Atlanta community known as The Villages of East Lake formerly known as “Little Vietnam” in Atlanta, GA a very troubled inner-city low-income community. She taught CPE at the Care & Counseling Center of GA in Decatur, GA, St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA, The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, James Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, and Chapters Health System, VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS, Atlanta VA Medical Center Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, James Haley VA Hospital and Chapters Health System, in Tampa, VA Medical Center in Jackson, MS, and the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She taught Christian Methodist pastors for the last 10 years in preparation for advancement to ordination and full connection.
Additionally, she has facilitated the clinical small group sessions of the Introduction to the Psychology of Pastoral Care course and served as guest lecturer at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC). Rev. Dr. Wallace was a member of Princeton Seminary’s Pastor-Theologian’s three-year program from 2004 to 2007. During this time, she developed three award winning papers, ‘A Womanist Hermeneutic of Romans 1:16’, ‘Re-Traditioning the Church of Jesus Christ’ and ‘Chaplaincy Program in The Villages of East Lake: Lifting Up and Supporting the Soul of the Community and Its People.
She graduated from Bethune-Cookman College now Bethune-Cookman University with degrees in Mathematics and Chemistry in Daytona Beach, FL. She holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, GA where she graduated with honors. Rev. Brenda also holds a Doctor of Education from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.
She has worked as an engineer at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as well as twenty years as an engineer, project, and product manager with BellSouth now AT&T.
She was ordained as an American Baptist minister in 1998. Dr. Wallace is a co-host of the Timely Wisdom weekly Facebook live broadcast.
Her publications include:
“A Womanist Approach to Pastoral Care and the Use of African American Spirituals” in Theologies From REM’s Women of Color: Racial Ethnic Multicultural Network (Watermark Press 2003)
“The Bitter Sting of Rejection” and “Prayer on All Saints Day” in Bless This Weary World: Prayers at Oakhurst (Trafford 2003)
“Motherhood Archetype: Mothers of Justice” in Society for Biblical Literature Semeia Studies (Society of Biblical Literature 2009)
“Perceptions of Live Experiences of Clinical Pastoral Education Students” Dissertation (Walden University, 2015)
Clinical Pastoral Education: A Survival Kit. Self-published (2016)
CPE: Survival Kit for Success, 2nd Edition. Self-published (2022)
Rev. Dr. Wallace has served as the secretary to the Southeast Region of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (SERACPE). She has served as an Accreditation consultant to CPE Supervisors and ACPE centers preparing for ACPE Accreditation Reviews.
Rev. Brenda is married to James O. Wallace, now in their 51st year. They have two beautiful daughters, two grandsons, twin granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.
Reverend Darla Caldwell Broden, MDiv., Esq. is a native of Flint, Michigan. She received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from Texas Southern University. She practiced law in Texas and Michigan for 17 years, emphasizing Municipal law.
Rev. Broden then attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University, where she received her Master of Divinity degree. While at Emory, she concentrated her studies in Pastoral Care. After graduation, she did a two-year Chaplaincy residency. at Emory University Hospital, specializing in transplant patients. Rev. Broden has done coursework in Healing through Art and Shamanic Transformation.
Rev. Broden served as a Hospice Chaplain for 17 years. She has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee for Vitas Hospice, Ft. Lauderdale, and Memorial Herman Hospice.
She has presented the Use of Story and Music in Caring for Alzheimer’s Patients, Forgiveness, Self-Care for Caregivers, End of Life; Spirituality and Grief from secular and spiritual perspectives, and Transformation through Gratitude. She uses her creative talents to write stories, poetry, and create artwork. She received The Florida Hospice 2010 Hospice Storybook Award for her use of story with patients and families.
Rev. Broden is an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. She currently serves on the ministerial staff of Wesley A.M.E. Church in Houston, TX and is a Board Member of The Shalom Spiritual Center.
Reverend Sharon Hibbert has a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, she holds a Master of Social Work degree from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the Great Bethune-Cookman College (now university). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Florida and Tennessee.
Reverend Hibbert is also a published author whose works include "The Womanish” Theo-Ethics of Mary McLeod Bethune and its Implications for Welfare Reform," "Strengthening Black Male and Female Relationships," and "WARS – 'Women at Risk Spiritual' – HIV-AIDS Education and Testing."