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The Cyrene Movement

The story of Simon of Cyrene is a model for us. Simon was a man of color from Cyrene in North Africa his encounter with Jesus is retold in three of the Gospels: Matthew 27:32, Mark 15:21 and Luke 23:26. Simon came to Jerusalem and was in the crowd watching Jesus strain under the weight of the cross when a Roman soldier forced Simon to help Jesus carry the cross to Golgotha. God, the Father appointed Simon that day to relieve some of Christ’s burden. 

This encounter with Christ must have transformed Simon’s life and that of his wife and sons, Alexander and Rufus. Rufus, in Romans 16: 13 as chosen of the Lord and Paul writes of Rufus’ mother as being a mother to him also. This family had a significant role in the growth of the early church. 

People of Color are resilient but many of us are weary or embattled as we combat ongoing racism, micro-aggressions and racial trauma. The Cyrene Movement offers an online Christian community where People of Color come together and  share our struggles and triumphs.  Like Simon of Cyrene we help lift each other’s burdens. 

We also remind each other of who we really are: children of the King, righteous, blessed, courageous, and beloved of the Lord, a royal priesthood and that the Lord has a purpose and a plan for our lives. We all need this kind of encouragement—especially when the road gets rough and the journey feels really long.



Join a FREE The Cyrene Movement FACEBOOK LIVE conversation! 

June 4, 2020 from 8-9:30 pm (EST) Our panel will discuss living faithfully 

while under duress, practical suggestions about individual and collective 

racial trauma healing, and mobilizing our communities. 

Please VISIT and LIKE www.facebook.com/thecyrenemovement/  and join the conversation. 

Look forward to seeing you here!

About Us


Sheila Wise Rowe

Where We've Served

Sheila Wise Rowe

 Sheila holds a Masters degree in counseling and has over twenty-five years experience as an anointed Christian counselor. She has specialized in trauma, marriage and family counselling, life coaching, spiritual direction, teaching, writing, and speaking.  

Sheila is a member of the Redbud Writers Guild and has written essays for The Redbud Post, The Mudroom and READY Publication

Sheila has an essay in the anthology;  The Wonder Year: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength, edited by Leslie Leyland Fields.   

Sheila co-authored with Nicholas Rowe the book; The Well of Life: Heal Your Pain, Satisfy Your Thirst, Live Your Purpose.  

Sheila's a new book;  Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience will be released by InterVarsity Press (IVP) in 2019.  

For more info about Sheila 's writing visit: www.sheilawiserowe.com 


Nicholas Rowe

Where We've Served

Sheila Wise Rowe

Dr. Nicholas Rowe holds a PhD in history, has taught in universities across the globe and currently is a college Dean and History Professor in Massachusetts.  

Nicholas was the co-developer of the Honors program in Peace Studies and  The Africa Peace Building Institute at St. Augustine College in South Africa. 

Nick is passionate about healing, writing and ethnic and racial reconciliation.  

Nick and Sheila have partnered with individuals, organizations, and churches from around the globe. These partners share their passion for promoting Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Healing and Reconciliation across gender, race and ethnic lines. Thus far Nick and Sheila have served alongside anointed leaders in  Zambia, France, USA, Thailand, Lesotho and South Africa. He also is an academic based in the USA.


Where We've Served

Where We've Served

Where We've Served


  • Vision New England: The GO Conference
  • Christ The Redeemer Church
  • Bethel AME Church
  • Greater Boston Vineyard
  • Cambridge Community Fellowship Church
  • Life Church
  • Aletheia Church
  • Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary
  • Eastern Nazarene College
  • Gordon College
  • William James College
  • The Boston Project
  • Kingdom Empowerment Center
  • Boston Praise Radio: Mental Health in the City


  • Every Nation Church Rosebank
  • Soweto Vineyard Church
  • Malibongwe, Mother and Child Haven
  • Rebecca’s Well Projects
  • Emthonjeni Project
  • World Vision Southern Africa 
  • Africa Peace Institute


St. Michael’s Church, Paris


Regional Peace Network 

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HEALING RACIAL TRAUMA: The Road to Resilience

"People of color have endured traumatic histories and almost daily assaults on our dignity. We have prayed about racism, been in denial, or acted out in anger, but we have not known how to individually or collectively pursue healing from the racial trauma." 

As a child, Sheila Wise Rowe was bused across town to a majority white school, and she experienced the racist lie that one group is superior to all others. We experience ongoing racial trauma as this lie is perpetuated by the action or inaction of the government, media, viral videos, churches, and within families of origin. In contrast, Scripture declares that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. 

Professional counselor Rowe exposes the symptoms of racial trauma to lead readers to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future. In each chapter, she includes an interview with a person of color to explore how we experience and resolve racial trauma. With Rowe as a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, you will find a safe pathway to resilience.

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