Healing Communities Training for Clergy and Congregations

on Wednesday - March 11, 2015.

With 1 in 104 American adults currently incarcerated and
1 in 28 Pennsylvanians under criminal justice system control,
the odds are EVERY congregation has members impacted by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders or families.

Shame and stigma prevent people from talking about the resulting hurts and harms, or seeking help.

How can congregations create a culture of safety and support for those who need it?

Healing Communities* training offers answers.

Healing Communities is a proven, national model, developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation 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.

Two Healing Communities trainings will be offered in Lancaster County in Spring, 2015:

Friday, May 8, 2015
8:30am – 4:00pm

Ebenezer Baptist Church

701 North Lime St
(corner of Lime & New)
Lancaster, PA 17603

REGISTER ONLINE AT:

http://rmohc-20150508.eventbrite.com

 

OR

Saturday, June 6, 2015
8:30am – 4:00pm

Community Mennonite Church

328 West Orange St

Lancaster, PA 17603

REGISTER ONLINE AT:

http://rmohc-20150606.eventbrite.com

 

Healing Communities training covers:

• Essential information and perspectives on the criminal justice system, current issues, and the impact of crime on victims, survivors, offenders and families

• Relevant questions for reflection and discussion within congregations

• Ideas and resources for pastors and faith leaders to engage congregants

• Tools, information and resources for congregation members

• Resources and dedicated time to develop a customized congregational action plan suited to the culture, demographics and core beliefs of YOUR congregation

COST: $40/person or $100/3 people from a congregation (includes all materials & lunch)
QUESTIONS? Contact Melanie G. Snyder, RMO Executive Director:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Phone: 717-572-2110

For a printable flyer, click here

 Healing Communities Instructors

 

Faith leaders grapple with big questions about crime, restorative justice and the role of congregations

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Friday - June 27, 2014.

Faith leaders grapple with big questions about crime, restorative justice and the role of congregations

How do crime and the criminal justice system impact victims, offenders, their families and the whole community?

How do shame and stigma prevent us from talking about and addressing the resulting harms?

Are we afraid of those in prison or who have been in prison? What are we afraid of and why?

How do we, as a community, move beyond shame and fear to create a culture of safety and support, and to offer restoration and healing to all those who need it?

These were a few of the challenging questions a group of faith leaders from around Lancaster County grappled with at a recent Healing Communities training in Lancaster . . . 

Healing Communities Registration

on Monday - March 11, 2013.

Thank you for signing up for the upcoming Healing Communities training! You will receive a confirmation email shortly with additional details about the training and what you'll need to do to complete the registration process.

In the meantime, we invite you to take a few minutes to explore our website to learn a bit more about the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO) and the resources we offer to people who have been incarcerated, and their families. We also provide a wealth of information and resources for congregations so they can better support and offer healing and restoration to their own members who have been impacted by crime and incarceration.  Here's a link to our page of resources for Healing Communities congregations:

http://lancastercountyreentry.org/resources/88-resources-for-healing-communities-congregations

So go ahead, take a look around - and we'll look forward to seeing you soon at the Healing Communities training!

Healing Communities Training

on Monday - January 07, 2013.

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? . . .

Resources for Healing Communities Congregations

on Monday - October 15, 2012.

Imagine if our houses of worship offered to people who have been impacted by crime and incarceration the same things we offer to people who are sick or in the hospital . . .

. . . our supportive presence . . .

                     . . . a listening ear . . .

                                 . . . practical help with daily challenges . . .

                                               . . . connections to needed resources . . .

In other words: compassionate, caring relationships.

That, in a nutshell, is what "Healing Communities" are all about. 


"Healing Communities" is a 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 affected by crime, whether as defendants, prisoners, victims of crime, people coming home from prison or the family members of all. 



During 2012, the Lancaster County (PA) Reentry Management Organization (RMO) offered FOUR one-day training sessions in the Healing Communities model for clergy and lay leaders. We trained representatives from

* 20 congregations from across the theological spectrum, from all over Lancaster County, Lancaster City and beyond  

PLUS representatives from

* 13 community agencies 

But this year's trainings were only the beginning. We're gearing up to offer more trainings in 2013, and to continue to provide support, encouragement and technical assistance to the congregations that have already been trained.  

To that end, we have set up a page of 

Resources for Healing Communities Congregations

If you'd like to know a bit more about Lancaster's Healing Communities initiative and the Healing Communities training, see this Healing Communities Overview

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Healing Communities Training, please contact:

Melanie G. Snyder, Executive Director, Lancaster County RMO at:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 717-723-1075