With 1 out of every 100 American adults currently incarcerated, and
1 out of every 28 Pennsylvanians under some form of criminal justice supervision,
the odds are that every house of worship in Lancaster County, regardless of size, location or demographics, has at least a few members whose lives have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as defendants, prisoners, victims of crime, people coming home from prison or the family members of all.
However, due to the shame and stigma associated with crime, victimization and incarceration, many people who are affected don't feel comfortable telling anyone of their experience (not even at church). Thus we may not even be aware of these individuals and families in our congregations, and how they are hurting.
So how can we begin the dialogue and create safe space in our congregations so that people feel comfortable sharing their experiences related to crime, incarceration and victimization, and how do we then provide appropriate support to help them move toward restoration and healing? . . .
"Healing Communities" is a proven, national model, created by the Annie E Casey Foundation in partnership with faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.
The Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO) in partnership with the Lancaster County Council of Churches and the Intracity Progressive Pastors Association is offering the one-day Healing Communities training for clergy and lay leaders.
The one-day Healing Communities training will equip and empower congregations with resources, information and support, while each congregation decides on its own action plan and approach to work toward being a healing community, based on its own culture, beliefs and demographics. The training covers:
· Essential information and perspectives on the criminal justice system, current issues, and the impact of crime on victims, survivors, families and perpetrators
· relevant questions for reflection and discussion within congregations
· tools, ideas and resources for pastors and faith leaders to engage congregants
· tools, ideas and resources for congregation members
· tools and dedicated time to develop customized a congregational action plan suited to the culture, demographics and core beliefs of each congregation
DATE: Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 9:00am - 4:00pm,
LOCATION: Trinity Lutheran Church, 31 South Duke St, Lancaster, PA
COST: $40/person or $100/3 people from a congregation (includes all materials & lunch)
Related Topics: Healing Communities