Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges, testing the limits of our creativity, strength, and resilience. In this sequel to the very popular Fall 2020 “Caring For Your Congregation and Community During Crisis” webinars, experienced specialists in disaster response, recovery, health, mental health, and congregational & family life offer their expertise to help leaders gain new skills and knowledge to face the difficult crises impacting our communities.

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Detailed Schedule

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Shroud of Grief: The Cost of Cumulative Sorrow

Care leaders often bear the weight of accumulating grief within their communities as well as from their own personal circumstances. In this session, experienced faith leaders discuss this unique kind of suffering as well as strategies for addressing its impact.

Facilitators: Rev. Pam Holt, Regional Minister, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma and Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, Executive Director, Crisis Care Ministries

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

The Early Days Following an Oklahoma Disaster

Facilitators: Mary Jane Coffman, Disaster Program Manager, and Johnnie Munn, American Red Cross of Kansas and Oklahoma; Laurie Fried, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Salvation Army, Arkansas-Oklahoma Division

Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma

Facilitators: Kaylinn Young, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City and Laurie Fried, Emergency Disaster Services Director, Salvation Army, Arkansas-Oklahoma Division

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Alzheimer's and Dementia: 10 Warning Signs

Alzheimer’s and other dementias cause memory, thinking and behavior problems that interfere with daily living. This program will help people recognize common signs of the disease and know what to watch for in themselves and others.

Facilitator: Dr. Laura Garrett, Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma Chapter

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss

As communities experience deaths due to traumatic events, there are many ways faith communities can respond and provide stabilization from the onset until the crisis subsides. Faith participation is critical and there are many roles for these events.         

Facilitator: Julie Geddes, Sr. Prevention Program Field Representative, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness

While Oklahomans are not new to disasters and the many community impacts, we often normalize the severe weather seasons in our state and find ourselves under prepared. This session will offer an overview of disaster preparedness through resources created and developed in Oklahoma by Oklahoma disaster workers. We will cover basic emergency planning, document and identification storage, storm shelter registration, insurance 101, and the “cycles” of disaster.

Facilitator: Kaylinn Young, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 (No brief)

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

An Overview of Domestic Violence

A brief introductory course designed to identify the definition and dynamics of domestic violence, uncover facts and myths, explain the barriers that prevent victims from leaving an abusive relationship, and navigate approaches to support victims of domestic violence.

Facilitator: Lauren Norcom, Coordinated Community Response Specialist, and Allie Buckholts, DV Resource Prosecutor, Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 (No brief)

Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

What Emergency Managers Wish Faith Leaders Knew

Facilitator: David Ball, Logan County Emergency Management

Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Increasing Your Racial Justice IQ

Facilitator: Rev. Bessie Hamilton, Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic Initiatives, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

The Housing and Employment Crisis

Facilitator: Jeff Jaynes, Executive Director, Restore Hope Ministries

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Preventing Suicide in Faith Communities: A Conversation about Hope      

Over the past year, the pandemic has brought grief, uncertainty, fear and pain to many of the families in our communities, and studies are showing a sharp increase in self-reported rates of depression and thoughts of suicide. In this webinar, we will discuss root causes of suicide, and how faith communities are perfectly positioned to be beacons of hope in these dark times.

Facilitator: Shelby Rowe, Program Manager, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors

The vital role of faith community leaders in recognizing issues and referring congregants for help with civil legal problems after disasters. LASO is grateful for funding from Legal Services Corporation via the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project to provide community trainings on this important subject.    

Facilitator: Christa Figgins, Director of Mission Advancement, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma         

Tuesday, May 11, 2021, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

What Faith and Community Leaders Need to Know about 211        

Facilitator: Ashlie Casey, Director, 211 of Eastern Oklahoma, Part of Community Service Council of Oklahoma

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