What is the Season of Peace? Faith leaders, law enforcement, community leaders, and youth partnering to build alliances to create possibilities for peace and end eras of violence. The first Season of Peace was conducted this past week in seven communities around the country:
Las Vegas, NV
From June 8 through June 15, youth, in and out of gangs, with the companionship and support of fellow leaders, agreed to a cease-fire and to engage in other forms of violence.
The second Season of Peace is scheduled to run from Thanksgiving through New Years Eve 2015. To learn more about how your community can become involved, contact Rev. Jeffrey Brown at RECAP.
On October 14, Dr. Kate Wiebe met with members of the University Religious Workers (URW) group from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. They included leaders from Hillel, His House Christian Fellowship, Pres House, St Paul's Catholic Center, and YWAM. The topic for the discussion was Disaster Preparedness and how URW leaders might work together to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual healing in the aftermath.
If you are interested in having an ICTG represented speak to your staff or ministerial alliance, email the ICTG office for more information.
For immediate release: September 11, 2014
Contact: Tony Mitchell (805) 964-8857 ext. 130 firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 Forum for Disaster Preparedness: Strengthening Faith-Based
and Community Partnerships
Faith leaders, emergency managers, NGO leaders, education administrators, and civic
leaders will gather on October 2 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of
Santa Barbara to network, learn from field experts, and actively plan for coordinated
responses and whole-community care during emergencies and disasters.
Focusing on “Strengthening Partnerships,” the second annual Forum for Disaster
Preparedness co-hosted by Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in
Disaster (VOAD) and the Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG) is a
practical gathering for networking and constructive learning. Guest speakers David
Myers, a representative from Homeland Security, and Brie Loskota, USC Managing
Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture, will share successful models of
partnering for disaster preparedness from around the country.
“We value our collaboration with the Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations
Active in Disaster, and are excited to make this forum an annual event to continue critical
conversations in our community to strengthen our disaster resilience,” said Katherine
Wiebe, Executive Director of ICTG. “This is especially important in light of recent
traumatic events that have impacted our residents, as well as natural threats that we will
continue to confront with extreme drought, wildfires, and earthquakes.”
The forum is free and will include refreshments, including a continental breakfast, lunch
and snacks. Free parking is included onsite.
If you would like to participate, attendees are asked to register by September 15.
About Santa Barbara County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (SBC VOAD):
SBC VOAD is dedicated to improving outcomes for county residents affected by disasters
by fostering cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration among non-profit
organizations, community-based organizations, government agencies, and for-profit
companies that are active in disasters. More information available at: www.voadsbc.org.
About Institute for Congregational Trauma and Growth (ICTG): ICTG is a 501(c)(3)
nonprofit that provides research, education, and networking tools for ministers, staffs, and
trained volunteers leading congregations and organizations after trauma. As a network
of expertise, ICTG works to form strong interfaces between academies, congregations,
and community groups to create and sustain access to learning and tools that generate
effective ministry for thriving. More information available at: www.ictg.org.
To register, complete the form below and email or fax it to Tony Mitchell, VOAD Chair.
Congratulations to Beckie Kohler for her successful Individual Sport Challenge to raise awareness and funding for ICTG. This summer Beckie began committed to train for the Bird-in-Hand Half-Marathon in Lancaster, PA, and to encourage people to support her run with gifts to ICTG. She updated supporters each week with how her training was going, and we helped her keep track of her rising funds here. In a few short weeks, Beckie was able to raise almost $3500!
To all of those who supported Beckie's run and contributed gifts to ICTG – THANK YOU! Your gifts make a difference and help to support ministers leading congregations after trauma. We are deeply grateful for your partnering with us in this way. If you would still like to contribute to her challenge, you can do so by following the links on this page.
If you would like to complete an Individual Sport Challenge, visit this page to learn more or download this template and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you!
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