“Things are so unsettled. Even the things we were trained to do or that are among our rituals we cannot do, or they don’t work the same way. Instead of just plowing through, we have to also step back and take care of ourselves.” – Rev. Karl Jones, Pennsylvania
Recovering Hope is a ministry of emotional and spiritual care to address the emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters. Over the past months, millions of people have been impacted directly and indirectly. Many have lost loved ones, community, homes, jobs or livelihoods. Incidences of suicide and domestic violence have risen. Adding stress: civil unrest and persistent injustice.
The dependence on pastors and other church leaders has increased astronomically and is causing them extraordinary levels of stress. Pastors are being required to navigate their own personal and familial situations while also bearing the weight of those who are looking to them for support, direction, and answers to questions.
In response, UCC national staff across ministries, Conference staff, Conference Disaster Coordinators, UCC Disaster Chaplains, and others have come together to create and consolidate resources that may provide relief related to stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters.
The growing UCC Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disaster Team is building the on work the UCC already was doing to extend care to survivors of natural and human-caused disasters. UCC pastors, chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health providers and other spiritual and emotional care practitioners, conference and association leaders – these are all prospective participants in the network.
Contact Lesli Remaly (firstname.lastname@example.org), UCC Minister for Disaster Response and Recovery, for more information.
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