Healing Communities Training for Congregations/Clergy (criminal justice system impact on individuals/ families/ communities)
Friday, October 23, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Healing Communities training, offered in conjunction with the PA Council of Churches conference: Lord, Let our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration
1 in 104 American adults are currently incarcerated
1 in 28 Pennsylvanians are under criminal justice system control
The odds are EVERY congregation has members impacted by crime and the criminal justice system, whether as crime victims, offenders or families.
Shame and stigma prevent people from talking about the resulting hurts and harms, or seeking help.
How can congregations create a culture of safety and support for those who need it?
Healing Communities training offers answers.
Healing Communities is a proven, national model, created by the Annie E Casey Foundation and faith leaders from across the theological spectrum, to engage congregations in the restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system.
The Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO), in partnership with the PA Council of Churches, is offering the one-day Healing Communities training for clergy and lay leaders as a pre-conference offering for the PA Council of Churches conference: Lord, Let our Eyes Be Opened: Breaking the Chains of Mass Incarceration .
This training will equip and empower congregations with resources, information and support, while each congregation decides on its own action plan and approach to work toward being a healing community, based on its own culture, beliefs and demographics.
The training covers:
· Essential information and perspectives on the criminal justice system, current issues, and the impact of crime on victims, survivors, offenders and families
· Relevant questions for reflection and discussion within congregations
· Ideas and resources for pastors and faith leaders to engage congregants
· Tools, information and resources for congregation members
· Resources and dedicated time to develop customized a congregational action plan suited to the culture, demographics and core beliefs of each congregation
COST: $40/person or $100/3 people from a congregation (includes all materials & lunch)
PAYMENT INFORMATION: After completing the online registration, to complete your registration and guarantee your seat in the training, please CALL the PA Council of Churches office at 717-545-4761 to make payment for your congregational team to attend this training.
When & Where
Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO)
The RMO is a prisoner reentry coalition, founded in 2005. We provide coordinated direct services to people released from prison ("Returning Citizens"), to help them become productive, law-abiding members of the community. We advocate for systems & policy changes to improve outcomes & reduce barriers for Returning Citizens. Our goals: improve community safety, reduce recidivism, save taxpayer dollars & improve people's lives. RMO website: http://lancastercountyreentry.org/