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October 15, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Natural disasters and public violence are both a part of our current landscape…..but how can we respond to support and heal communities while also caring for ourselves?
Disaster response training is being offered throughout the Synod of the Trinity. The training close to Lehigh Presbytery is being offered on Monday, October 15, 2018 at the Valley Forge Presbyterian Church, 191 Town Center Road, King of Prussia, PA 19046-2330. – Cost $10/per person (lunch included)
Training topics include:
- Disaster Preparedness and Engagement – “Blessed to be a blessing.” This workshop will have a dual focus. Participants will gain valuable insight on how to prepare themselves and their congregations for a disaster. In addition, participants will discover ways to bring their God-given talent, time and resources to a response-and-recovery effort in their community.
- Human Caused Disasters – “Nothing can separate us from the love of God.” Violence changes everything, and it requires different skills from responding to natural disasters. Participants will learn definitions and guidelines for human caused disasters, trauma, clergy care, congregational care, worship and liturgy, media relations and long-term emotional and spiritual care. In addition, participants will be able to bring their learnings directly to their ministry context.
- Immigration Issues – “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” Aid to refugees and displaced persons is PDA’s birth story. Many Presbyterians, however, are not familiar with PDA’s role in engaging Presbyterians in refugee ministries or our history in helping to establish refugee-serving organizations all over the United States. Participants will learn ways in which this ministry is carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations.