Healing Communities Trainings for Lancaster County Congregations & Faith Leaders: Sept/Oct 2012

on Monday - June 25, 2012.

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, regardless of size, location or demographics, has at least a few members whose lives have been impacted by 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, and other congregation members and even clergy might not be aware of these individuals and families and how they are hurting.

Healing Communities is a proven national model for engaging congregations in restoration and healing of their own members whose lives have been impacted by crime.

The Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO), in partnership with the Lancaster County Council of Churches & Intra-City Progressive Pastors Association, will be offering the one-day Healing Communities Training  two times this autumn:

DATES (choose one): Either Sat, Sept 15, 2012 OR Thu, Oct 4, 2012

TIME: 9:00am-4pm both days

LOCATION: Community Mennonite Church, 328 W Orange St, Lancaster, PA 17603

COST: $40/person or $100/3 people from a congregation (includes all materials & lunch)

TO REGISTER for one of the above dates, contact

Melanie G. Snyder, Executive Director, Lancaster County RMO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or   717-723-1075

(see next page for details on Healing Communities)

May 10, 2012 - Healing Communities Training for Clergy, Lay Leaders

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - April 26, 2012.

WHAT ARE "HEALING COMMUNITIES"?

The "Healing Communities" framework is a proven national model for engaging congregations in restoration and healing of individuals and families torn apart by crime, whether committed against a member of the congregation or committed by a member of the congregation.

Building a Healing Community in your congregation can lead to transformation of hearts and minds and the building of relationships that support people. It isn't focused on creating a program but developing a ministry of formal and informal support, volunteer service, networking and advocacy, all drawing from the belief systems and unique strengths of the faith community: acceptance, compassion, forgiveness, redemption and restoration.

Faith Leaders Embrace Healing Communities Model

Written by Melanie G. Snyder on Thursday - March 15, 2012.

Alfreda Robinson-Dawkins of the National Women's Prison Project leads Lancaster County church representatives at Healing Communities trainingLancaster: Twenty-one clergy and lay leaders from eleven different Lancaster County congregations gathered on Saturday, March 10, 2012 for the first "Healing Communities" training in Lancaster County.

Healing Communities is a national, proven model for engaging congregations in the restoration and healing of individuals and families torn apart by crime - whether committed against a member of the congregation or committed by a member of the congregation.

The participants at Saturday's training came from Lancaster County congregations that span the theological spectrum. They came from racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds. Some of the churches they represented are very large, some very small, some from the city, others from the county.  But they all had several important things in common.