Safe From Harm Webinar
Type of event: Webinar
Sponsor: Central East Region of the UUA
Safe from Harm: Preparing Your Faith Community for the Unexpected
We like to think of our congregation as a safe space that offers sanctuary from the world beyond but churches everywhere have become increasingly vulnerable to unexpected intrusions into our safety bubble. The threat of everything from a tornado, flood or fire to a stranger who enters our space with malicious intent is remote but real and all faith communities are encouraged to engage in an open and transparent process to create internal policies, action plans and training for staff and volunteers before the unthinkable happens.
This 90 minute webinar will introduce you to resources to prepare and respond to a variety of situations that put your community at risk. We’ll touch on how to open up a non-anxious dialogue within the congregation, the role of the board in creating clear policies, and how to effectively prepare and train staff and volunteers. In the event your congregation is touched by the unexpected, we’ll share details on how to access the UU Trauma Ministry Response Team who provide tremendous support both in the immediate aftermath and for the foreseeable future.
The webinar will be presented by Patricia Hall Infante from the Central East Regional Staff along with our guest, the Rev Lisa Presley of the MidAmerica Regional Staff. Both serve on the national Safe Congregations Team and Rev Presley has prior experience with trauma ministry and response. Boards, ministers, staff, Safe Congregations teams and other congregational leaders are invited to attend. We’ll include time for Q & A so bring your questions!
This event is free of charge. Please register to receive the connection information.