“This will not last forever.” Such is a grounding prayer in the midst of, and after, trauma. Whether individual, communal, or global; trauma and the impact thereof is prevalent within our society and exacerbated by COVID-19. The leaders featured in this webinar have carried communities in healing, and offer their wisdom along the journey for all who watch. This webinar features healing justice practitioner Micky ScottBey Jones, Rev. Rhina Ramos and Rev. Matt Crebbin. Join us live on Zoom webinar, on the United Church of Christ YouTube channel or register to receive a link to the video recording of the webinar. The webinar will be captioned through Zoom.
-Micky ScottBey Jones (She/Her/Hers) Springhill, Tennesse: Known as the Justice Doula, Micky is the Director of Healing and Resilience Initiatives with Faith Matters Network, a Womanist led organization that catalyzes social and personal transformation by equipping faith leaders, community organizers and activists with resources for connection, spiritual sustainability and accompaniment. She is an author, dancer, Certified Enneagram Coach and a daughter in mourning.
-Rev. Rhina Ramos (She/Her/Hers) Alameda, California: National Coordinator of Proyecto Encuentros Bienvenida y Gracia Coordinadora Nacional Rev. Rhina Ramos is an ordained United Church of Christ minister leading an Open and Affirming Spanish speaking congregation in Oakland since 2011. Embedded in her heart is the voice of San Romero de Las Americas denouncing oppression from the pulpit. Rhina is an experienced Community Organizer that has led programs and campaigns to promote educational equity, labor rights, LGBTQI human rights, international solidarity with El Salvador, and domestic violence prevention.
-Rev. Matt Crebbin (He/Him/His) Newtown, Connecticut: Rev. Matt Crebbin has been Lead Pastor at the Newtown Congregational Church, UCC since 2007. Since the events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, Rev. Crebbin has worked with a broad coalition of faith leaders in Connecticut and nationally to build bridges of understanding and compassion between diverse communities affected by trauma. He has been a leader in promoting gun safety policies and finding other means locally and nationally to reduce gun violence in all communities and help people of faith to minister more effectively in the midst of trauma.
"Thursdays for the Soul" is a webinar series to care for the whole church. Topics are wide-ranging and are focused on the spirituality and care of people. Prayer, worship, music, psalm readings or compassionate teaching are included. This will be a predictable time of gathering for something to feed your spirit. Additionally, we will host occasional "Tuesdays for Nurture" webinars, which will faithfully focus on education for the people of God. "Tuesdays for Nurture" and "Thursdays for the Soul" are offered by Faith Education, Innovation, and Formation and Justice and Local Church Ministries of the National Setting, United Church of Christ.