Reynolds, V. (2002). Weaving threads of belonging: Cultural Witnessing Groups. Journal of Child and Youth Care, 15(3), 89-105.
Cultural Witnessing Groups are structured to celebrate preferred sites of cultural belonging and provide witnesses to amplify the meanings given to these connections. Understandings of culture in this witnessing work are expansive, mindful, and centred in belongingness. A witnessing therapy identifies with the culture of political activism, moving beyond individual pain into social and collective responses to oppression. This article will track a particular Lesbian Culture Witnessing Group conversations in order to illustrate the witnessing structures, the conscious purpose of the conversations, the attention to safety, and the reflexive practices of witnessing. The text comprises the edited transcript and innotations.