UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health Educator and Chaplain Buhuro Publishes Book on Spiritual Needs of African Americans

The Rev. Danielle J. Buhuro, D.Min., currently an ECPE certified educator at UCC-related Advocate South Suburban and Trinity Hospitals in Chicago, has just released a new book, Spiritual Care in the Age of #BlackLivesMatter — Examining the Spiritual and Prophetic Needs of African Americans in a Violent America.

Published in the Cascade imprint by Wipf and Stock in September 2019, the book is a resource guide that incorporates the basic understandings of spiritual care with the current social, emotional, existential and spiritual needs of African Americans in today’s hostile culture. According to the publishers, the book “provides specific spiritual care strategies and interventions for African Americans dealing with particular physical, social and emotional health challenges in the midst of rising statistics of racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia leading to violence in the United States.”


Buhuro, an ordained minister with standing in the United Church of Christ, edited the book with people in academia and the helping professions — from chaplains and counselors to local church pastors — in mind. Contributors include a wide range of well-respected experts who offer refreshing and energizing perspectives on important issues affecting African Americans.

A graduate of UCC-related Chicago Theological Seminary, Buhuro holds M.Div. and D.Min. degrees in religion and health. In addition to her duties at the two hospitals, she is senior pastor of Lincoln Memorial Congregational UCC, the first predominantly African-American UCC church in Illinois.

Buhuro also is the author of Is There a Heaven for a G? A Pastoral Care Approach to Gang Violence (Resource imprint, Wipf and Stock, 2016). She is mother to Ezekiel Buhuro and Josiah Hill along with her partner the Rev. Charlene Hill, also a UCC minister and a psychotherapist.

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