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Welcome to the Webinar and Training Archives

Since 2020, Crisis Care Ministries has organized and hosted numerous webinars and trainings with more than 6000 attendees. Scroll below for more information!

Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past: A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life

Tuesday's, 10:00 - 11:00 am Central, 11:00 - 12 pm Eastern

January 17, 24, 31, and February 7, 2023

Many faith communities today are dealing with changes that have led to decline and significant loss. Acknowledging and expressing grief will give faith communities the courage to redefine their relationships with the past and draw strength and encouragement from their memories as they step into the future.

Drawing on more than thirty years of ministry experience in varied settings and concurrent study and teaching about loss, grief, and nostalgia, Bishop Michael Girlinghouse discusses how how faith communities and their leaders can work through experiences of loss and grief, both personally and in their congregation.

Crisis Care Ministries is proud to provide support to Church World Service for Caring in Crisis: Extended Study Sessions, a companion to the very popular Caring in Crisis: Leader Briefs webinars.

Bishop Mike's Book,
Embracing God's Future Without Forgetting the Past 
is available at the following vendors:

Fortress Press


Bishop Michael Girlinghouse has served as Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since July of 2011. Prior to being called to serve as Bishop, he was Pastor of University Lutheran Church in Norman, OK and Campus Pastor for the University of Oklahoma. Ordained in 1987, Bishop Mike has served as a parish pastor, campus pastor and in congregations in transition or in need of a substitute pastor.  Bishop Mike has also served as an instructor at two universities teaching courses in Death and Dying and World Religion.

Bishop Mike was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, attended college at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN and seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

2022 Webinars, Recordings, and Resources

A Free Webinar Series Sponsored by 

Church World Service

with support from Crisis Care Ministries


Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges requiring creativity, strength, and resilience. In this series of free, one-hour webinars, experienced specialists in crisis response, recovery, 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.


  • Running on Fumes: Faith Leaders and the Cumulative Cost of Compassion (March 1)

  • The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders (March 8)

  • Embracing God's Future without Forgetting the Past: A Conversation about Loss, Grief, and Nostalgia in Congregational Life (March 15)

  • Taking the Long View with Faith (March 22)

  • Increasing Your Racial Justice I.Q. (March 29)

  • What Emergency Managers Want Faith Leaders To Know (April 5)

2021 Webinar Series, Recordings, and Resources

  • Shroud of Grief: The Cost of Cumulative Sorrow (February 2)

  • The Early Days Following an Oklahoma Disaster (February 9)

  • Long-Term Disaster Recovery in Oklahoma (February 16)

  • 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's (February 23)

  • Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss (March 2)

  • Individual and Family Disaster Preparedness (March 9)

  • An Overview of Domestic Violence (March 23)

  • What Emergency Managers Wish Faith Leaders Knew (April 6)

  • In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors (April 13) 

    • Note: This is a schedule change​

  • The Housing and Employment Crisis (April 20)

  • Preventing Suicide in Faith Communities: A Conversation about Hope (April 27)

  • Increasing Your Racial Justice IQ (May 4)

    • Note: This is a schedule change​

  • What Faith and Community Leaders Need to Know about 211 (May 11)

St. Luke's United Methodist Church


"Love Your Neighbor In Times of Crisis"

January 27, 2021 - March 24, 2021

Each week different guest presenters will cover a variety of topics to help us respond more faithfully and effectively to the crises we encounter in our community and in our own lives.  The presenters are experts in various fields that will equip us to better love our neighbors, no exceptions.

Week 1: Jeff Jaynes, Restore Hope Ministries

Week 2: Christa Figgins, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma

Week 3: Lauren Norcom, Oklahoma District Attorneys Council

Week 4: Shelby Rowe, Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Week 5: Josh Attaway, St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Week 6: Erin Powell, Oklahoma Chapter, Alzheimer's Association

Week 7: Kaylinn Young, Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Week 8: Victor McCullough, Heartland District Superintendent, Oklahoma UMC

2020 Webinar Series, Recordings, and Resources

Fall 2020

"COVID Conversations" 

as part of the St. Luke's United Methodist Church's

Wednesday Night Alive Series.

Click Here for 2020 Videos and Resources

September 29, 2020 through December 15, 2020


 Sponsored by Crisis Care Ministries, The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, and The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma

2020 webinar resources

Presenter Bios

2020 Schedule

2020 Brochure

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