Sheila Wise Rowe


Healing begins when we become honest about what happened to us and how we really feel about it.

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About Sheila:


I am a truth-teller who is passionate about matters of faith and emotional healing. I advocate for the dignity, rights, and healing of abuse survivors, those carrying racial trauma, and racial conciliation.... 

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My approach to counseling involves God’s truth being experienced in a profoundly personal way as you share your story through talking and journaling, expressive arts exercises, listening and healing prayer, Christ-centered counseling, teaching, accountability, and support


I am a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. I have written essays for The Redbud Post, and READY Publication. I am co-author of The Well of Life and has an essay in the anthology by Leslie Leyland Fields entitled; The Wonder Years: 40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty and Strength

My new book , Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resiliencewill be released by InterVarsity Press in Winter 2019. I am also available for other opportunities to write.


I am a passionate speaker who has presented at workshops and conferences in the USA, France and South Africa. 

My topics range from Christian discipleship, emotional and inner healing, Trauma Awareness and Healing, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, Spiritually Healthy Relationships and Racial, Ethnic and gender Reconciliation. 


I minister to established and emerging leaders in need of healing and strengthening to fulfill the calling on their lives and ministry. 

I also offers training and equipping of Coordinators and Group Leaders of The Well of Life groups. 


As a trained Life Coach I facilitate a process of listening prayer, inquiry and discovery, feedback, follow-up, and accountability. 

I will customize my approach to meet your individual needs and enhance the skills, resources, and creativity that you already have in Christ.” 


I offers my service on a sliding fee basis to support and empower under-resourced and under-served individuals and communities. 

I am also a volunteer member of the Community Ethics Committee of Harvard Medical School.


(Elizabeth, USA)

"Thank you for speaking truth into my life and just being there to listen. I praise God for you. The Lord has used you and the rest of the group to minister to me and to help me grow.” 

(Christine, Ireland)

"Your ability to teach, share your story and also empathize with others has not only blessed me, it has demonstrated the Father’s kingdom in a new way” 

(Vusi, South Africa)

The Well of Life group: "Since the group I am seeing other people differently, speaking life and identity into others lives and seeing God work and minister to them.” 


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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The Rehoboth House offers an oasis of hope, healing & transformation. 

Offering services and a place to heal from past hurts and obtain a greater sense of peace and a clearer vision of the purpose and plan of the Lord for your life. 

Founded by Sheila Wise Rowe in 2000 this non-profit has served individuals, churches and communities worldwide. 

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The Cyrene Movement offer courses, resources, online support and prayer for people of color to heal from racial trauma, share our joys, realize our full potential and to then go forward as a movement empowered to embrace, reconcile and transform communities for Christ.   

The Cyrene  Movement is an initiative of ARISE/ The Rehoboth House. Founded by Sheila Wise Rowe and Nicholas Rowe The Cyrene Movement has three pillars. To Heal Racial Trauma, Realize Potential  & Embrace Community

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A vibrant and diverse movement of Christian women who create in community and who influence culture and faith.

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The Community Ethics Committee is a diverse group of citizens from the Greater Boston area who meet regularly to provide public input on ethical aspects of health care.

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The Mudroom is a place for the stories emerging in the midst of the mess.

Our vision is simple: make room for people.

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