Caring for Your Congregation and Community During Crisis

Faith and community leaders are facing historic challenges, testing the limits of our creativity, strength, and resilience. In this webinar series, experienced specialists in disaster response, recovery, health, mental health, and congregational & family life offer their expertise to help leaders gain new skills and knowledge to face the difficult crises impacting our communities.

All times listed for the webinars are Central Time Zone

There are only 100 spots available for each session

Registration for individual sessions closes 24 hours before the session.

For full details, dates and presenter biographical information:

Link to Crisis Care Ministries web:

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Attendance certificates (PDF format) are available for those who pre-registered (1 clock hour for each webinar).  Check with your affiliated organizaation for applicability.

Webinar Choices - choose as many as you would like - 100 spots available for each session. There is no cost for these webinars.
Providing Support to Your Community After a Traumatic Loss - Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

As communities experience deaths due to traumatic events, there are many ways faith communities can respond and provide stabilization from the onset until the crisis subsides. Faith participation is critical and there are many roles for these events.     

Facilitator: Julie Geddes, Sr. Prevention Program Field Representative, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services


Introduction to Stress First Aid - Thursday, October 29, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CDT

SFA is a set of supportive actions designed to help you with self-care and peer support & to mitigate the negative impacts of stress. This presentation will provide a brief introduction & overview of the technique.      

Facilitator: Dr. John A. Call, Director, SRT, Inc. and Coordinator of the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps Stress Response Team


Taking the Long View with Faith - Thursday, November 5, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Rabbi Vered Harris leads a discussion about theodicy, a dynamic and changing faith, and how humans have adapted with wisdom throughout our long history.

Facilitator: Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B’Nai Israel, Oklahoma City


In Good Faith: Why Legal Services are Critical for Disaster Survivors Including COVID-19 - Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

The vital role of faith community leaders in recognizing issues and referring congregants for help with civil legal problems after disasters. LASO is grateful for funding from Legal Services Corporation via the Midwest Legal Disaster Coordination Project to provide community trainings on this important subject.

Facilitator: Christa Figgins, Director of Mission Advancement, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma


Managing Holidays in a COVID-19 Environment - Thursday, November 19, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

This webinar explores strategies for experiencing meaningful holidays even in the midst of the forthcoming season’s unique challenges.

Facilitator: Dr. Candace Fish, St. Luke's United Methodist Church


Navigating Political and Cultural Polarization Among Family and Friends - Tuesday, November 24, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

This webinar explores strategies for maintaining personal boundaries while remaining connected to those we love who may hold differing perspectives.

Facilitator: Dr. Mickey Potts, Heart and Mind Pastoral Counseling


Personal and Family Disaster Preparedness - Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

Protect your family and build a more resilient community by learning how to be more prepared for any disaster. Bonus content: Hear ideas for holiday gift-giving that will help your loved ones be more prepared.               

Facilitator: Roxie Beall, Preparedness Public Outreach and CERT Training Coordinator, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security 


Caring for Those with Access and Functional Needs - Thursday, December 3, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

This presentation contains information on "No Box" accessible planning and ideas for people who have access and functional needs. Suggestions on reducing the feelings of “isolation” and ensuring accessible information for the whole community.       

Facilitator: Glenda Ford-Lee, MHR, At-Risk Populations Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Emergency Preparedness & Response Services


National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care & Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines Implementation at the State and Local Levels - Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 10:00 am – 11:00 am CST

This workshop, designed especially for disaster emotional and spiritual care operational decision-makers, discusses pertinent issues and challenges as we seek to adopt important national guidelines. Prominent national leaders in the development of these guidelines for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee will lead this workshop.

Facilitators: Dr. Naomi Paget, Chair, National VOAD Emotional and Spiritual Care Committee; Kit O’Neill, Chair, National VOAD Disaster Emotional Care Guidelines writing group; Rev. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, Chair, National VOAD Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines writing group.


Webinars sponsored by:

The Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Oklahoma

Crisis Care Ministries

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