My name is Beyssa Buil and I was born and raised in the "305" or commonly known as Miami, Florida ancestral and traditional lands of the Seminole, Miccosukee, and Tequesta. At an early age, I began to observe how oppression manifested towards people who held marginalized identities. I did not know then that I had Multiple Sclerosis and was on the Spectrum but it brought attention to how ableist our society was. This led my work into advocacy, activism and healing.
I graduated with a Master’s of Divinity degree from Meadville Lombard. Was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest Honor Society and Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society for Religious Studies and Theology, for my Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University.
I am an endorsed Chaplain, Affiliated Community Minister with All Souls Miami, Pastoral Counselor, Legal Observer, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Educator that provides community care, chaplaincy support, social emotional education by working with individuals and organizations wanting to do the healing work of dismantling our socialized narratives, trauma and internalized oppression that keeps us from connecting to self and others.
My life experiences with suffering offered me the ability to recognize how much others were also suffering. Until I committed to learning and developing a deep practice to disrupt narratives, trauma and systems of oppressions which affected me externally but were also causing suffering since they were internalized within me by living and being socialized in this society.
I serve as Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees for the Unitarian Universalist for Social Justice, on the Professional Advisory Group at Jackson Memorial Hospital, providing programming as a support group with the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation in supporting individuals living with this chronic condition.
Currently I’m completing my Buddhist Ecclesiastical Endorsement studying under Roshi Joan Halifax.
“The true focus of revolutionary change is never merely the oppressive situations which we seek to escape, but that piece of the oppressor which is planted deep within each of us, and which knows only the oppressors' tactics, the oppressors' relationships.” ― Audre Lorde.
My work is about access to healing trauma and patterns of oppression embedded within all of us.
I’m a parent to a teenaged son, a black cat named Mimi and my one hundred and eighty-seven plant family.