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Fall 2023 Detailed Schedule

October 3, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

An Introduction to Trauma-Informed Faith Communities

Drawing from the framework for a trauma-informed approach developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Trauma-Informed Faith Communities project offers training, consultation, and resources to better incorporate key trauma principles into the culture of faith communities. This webinar will describe key trauma-informed benchmarks and offer an introduction to trauma awareness and response that is critical for faith communities.

Presenter: Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, LPC, Executive Director, Crisis Care Ministries with welcome from Rev. Derrek BelaseDirector of Connectional Ministries, Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

October 10, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

The 5 D’s of Older Adult Suicide: Depression, Disease, Disconnectedness, Deadly Means, Disability

This workshop will explore the factors contributing to such high rates, to include culture, ageism and risk factors. Protective factors will also be discussed. Each of the 5 D’s of Older Adult Suicide will be explored as well as how they can help identify people in distress.

Presenter: Karen Orsi, Director, Oklahoma Mental Health and Aging Coalition

October 17, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Crisis Communications

Harnessing the Power of Rapid Response & Recovery

Presenter: Carly Rae Van Zant, Crisis Communications Consultant for Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

October 24, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

In Good Faith: Faith and Community Pathways for Critical Disaster Services

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

Presenters: Brian Candelaria, Staff Attorney for Oklahoma Indian Legal Services (OILS) and Christa Figgins, Director of Mission Advancement, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma  (LASO).

October 31, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Increasing Your Racial Justice I.Q.

Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Bessie Hamilton, Coordinator of Multi-Ethnic and New Church Initiatives for the Oklahoma Conference of The United Methodist Church 

November 7, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Trauma-Informed Healing in Jewish History

Explore the themes of challenge, resilience and hope through the lens of Jewish history and text.

Presenter: Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B'Nai Israel, Oklahoma City

November 14, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Welcoming the Stranger: Afghan Resettlement and Resilience in the Oklahoma Landscape

Many faith traditions and ethical systems encourage us to welcome our neighbor, whether they are visitors, refugees, or immigrants. In 2021, Oklahoma took action to welcome over 1,800 Afghan parolees after the fall of Kabul resulted in the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. These new Oklahomans have faced many challenges, and their journey to rebuild their lives in our community is truly extraordinary. Join CAIR Oklahoma Deputy Director Veronica Laizure to learn about how faith groups, community organizations, and individual volunteers have made history in nurturing our growing Afghan-Oklahoma family, and about how we are moving forward in addressing the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Presenter: Veronica Laizure, CAIR Oklahoma.

November 21, 2023 (Tuesday), 10:00 am – 11:00 am Central

Polarization and Conflict in a Culture Longing for Healing

Presenter: Rev. Adam Shahan, Senior Minister, Wesley United Methodist Church, Oklahoma City.

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