About Beth-Sarah

I am becoming who I am!! Educator. Storyteller and poet. Change maker.

A daughter of God, Jamaican and lover of the sun; a wife, mother, daughter, and sister, I battle depression and am a seeker of joy.

All of who I am today is a mosaic of stories; a boundless series of chapters with endings and new beginnings; of soul valleys and triumphant mountaintops; of profound pain and yearned for joy; all the while holding onto the unwavering possibility of hope.

I embrace my life-story, adore my family, love Jesus’ story and am so grateful for God for everything in life including my most devastating experiences with depression, the social ills and grievous trials we witness everyday and for the healing and joy that is possible in spite of it all!

Because of that joy I can’t help but talk about it.  I want to tell my story and encourage others to share their stories so that we may all benefit together as we travel on our healing journeys.

I believe we are all on some journey towards authenticity and wholeness in our bodies, souls and minds, in our institutions and in our world.

The difference between being WHOLE and having a HOLE in our souls and hearts is simply a W.  And the W is for Worship.  The question is,

What STORY do you worship?

More about me…

Atlanta-based inspirational writer and speaker, Dr. Beth-Sarah Wright tackles issues of authentic living as an observer and ethnographer, advocate for mental health and as an institutional strategist. She is the author of five books, Me? Depressed? A Story of Depression from Denial to Discovery, Ten Things I Wish I Knew About Depression Before It Almost Took My Life, a spiritual novel, Weeping May Endure for a Night, a book of poetry and spiritual reflections on the Nicene Creed, Becoming Who I Am: Reflections on Wholeness and Embracing Our Divine Stories and DIGNITY: Seven Strategies for Creating Authentic Community. She holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University, an MPhil in Anthropology from Cambridge University and a BA (magna cum laude) from Princeton University in Sociology and Afro-American studies. A former college professor at NYU and Spelman College, she currently serves as the Director of  Enrollment Management at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Emory School of Medicine. Dr. Wright is originally from Jamaica and has lived and studied worldwide, from Edinburgh, Scotland to San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is married to Robert C. Wright, the Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta and they are parents to 5 children: Jordan, Emmanuel, Selah, Noah and Moses-Daniel.

9 replies to About Beth-Sarah
  1. Greetings, Beth-Sarah, across the years. You may not remember me. I lived in Mountainside with Aunt C while I was doing my dissertation research in anthropology, and often visited your family in Mandeville. Your Mom just sent me the link to your blog. I’ll be one of your regulars!

    I’m so glad you’re talking about depression. It’s something so many people struggle with.

    All my best, Faith

    1. Hi Faith! Of course I remember you! So good to hear from you and glad that we can communicate this way. I’m just trying to open up the lines to talk about depression. Everyday I see the value of speaking out about it. Thanks for joining the conversation. My very best, Beth

  2. Hi Dr. Wright,
    I enjoyed hearing you speak at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church today. I found it interesting that you wrote a book about your depression (I plan to read it). I wrote a book to beat depression. I feel sure my book will not help someone dealing with depression, but hopefully it will help children learn about the structure of a tree and let them have fun while doing that.
    Thanks for your inspiring message today. Peace be with you.

    1. Margaret, thank you for your kind words and thank you for sharing your stories! I visited your website and read about your book and your achievements. I pray you continue to share stories Margaret! Bless you and yours!

  3. Good day and Merry Christmas to you, Dr. Wright! My dear mama just gave me your exquisite book Becoming Who I Am for Christmas, and I am determined to carry it with me for the rest of my days. I have just read it from cover to cover, and I look forward to reading it again and again for wisdom and reminding: to remember and TELL our stories, to follow God’s star, to be astonished, and to be awake and participate in God’s beautiful dream for our lives.
    Thank you, my friend, for as I have yet to meet you, I feel like you are my friend. God bless you and your beautiful family, and please come visit St. Luke’s Atlanta some time…we need you!

    With a heart full of love and gratitude,
    Carter

    1. Carter my friend,

      Thank you for this beautiful note and your wonderfully kind words. I am so glad reading my book was meaningful and enjoyable to you. You words mean a lot to me. I would love to come to St. Luke’s again. I’ve been before to speak on two occasions. I hope when I do our paths will cross, if not in another place.

      With a heart too full of love and gratitude, Beth-Sarah

      1. Thank you for your most thoughtful reply, Beth-Sarah, and Lord-willing, our paths will cross – at St. Luke’s or at any other extraordinary ordinary place!

        Light, love, and peace be with you,
        Carter

  4. Hello Beth Sarah,

    Your beautiful voice and beautiful expressions through words have carried me here to learn more about You and your thoughts, ideas, dreams…

    It fills me with gratitude to know that you and I are here together under the same sun and moon.

    May our paths cross again and again

    Heathy reagrds with Love,

    Monika ( Santa Fe, June 2019)

    Stepping lightly yet fully onto this meandering path of Writer

    1. Oh Monika! You are wonderful and so gracious. I too am grateful we are sharing this experience together under the beautiful Santa Fe sky. It is a pleasure to know you. Meander your way into the depths of writing and listen to your voice. With appreciation, Beth-Sarah

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