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FaithandValues.com Web Cast Dec. 10 to Explore
Session streamed live on www.faithandvalues.com
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December 5, 2001 In a strange, almost perverse kind of way, the people of Oklahoma City have an advantage over just about everyone else in America when it comes to dealing with the shock and horror of September 11. In a sense, they'd already been through it.
There's no sensible way of comparing the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building and its 168 casualties with the loss of the World Trade Center towers and their thousands of victims. But the intensely personal impacts caused by these tragedies follow a similar pattern, and in the past six years many of those most affected by the Oklahoma City blast have come farther on the road to healing than they could ever have imagined possible.
At the same time, professional caregivers psychologists, counselors and ministry professionals -- have learned some vitally important lessons about how to help people cope with overwhelming grief. Now, Church World Service, a broadly based relief agency, will provide people throughout the country the chance to hear from the Oklahoma City community and their attempt to fashion a new understanding of life together after their own terrorist experience.
Three caregivers an author and grief counselor, a psychologist and former president of the Murrah Building Survivors Association, and a police chaplain will share their insights in a live Web cast on the interfaith Web site FaithandValues.com. Church World Service is sponsoring the Web cast as part of its commitment to providing pastoral care resources in the wake of the September 11 attacks.
Broadcast journalist Arthur Cribbs Jr. moderates the panel. Mr. Cribbs, a former executive director of the United Church of Christ's Office of Communication, is now pastor of the Christian Fellowship Congregational Church in San Diego and the President of Pacific Media Ministries in San Diego.
Anyone who still struggles to come to terms with the attacks or to cope with their effects on themselves or their families will benefit from hearing the stories and practical insights of the panelists. Clergy, lay leadership, caregivers and professionals, in particular, will receive sharpened tools to help others deal with the fear; isolation and grief related to the September 11 attacks.
This last of four Church World Service Web casts on the theme Tragedy and Spiritual Care. Earlier Webcasts include:
All the Web casts are available for on-demand viewing at www.faithandvalues.com.
FaithandValues.com is an inter-faith Web site supported by mainline faith groups representing 200,000 congregations with a combined membership of more than 120 million Americans. Additionally, it offers Web site development and hosting and provides streaming audio and video services. For more information, call 859-422-0425 or visit the Web site at www.faithandvalues.com.
Church World Service works in more than 80 countries to meet human needs and foster self-reliance. CWS works on behalf of the National Council of Churches and its 36 Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox communions in the U.S., in programs of social and economic development, emergency response, assistance to refugees, education and advocacy, and ecumenical relationships. For more information, call 1-800-297-1516 or visit the Web site at www.churchworldservice.org.
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