Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Why Healing Communities is needed:

  • 1 in 104 American adults are currently incarcerated.
  • 1 in 33 are under criminal justice system control.

The odds are EVERY congregation has members affected 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, developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation with faith leaders from across the theological spectrum to engage congregations in restoration and healing of their own members who have been impacted by crime and the criminal justice system. The Pennsylvania Council of Churches, an MCC partner, offers this one-day training in the Healing Communities model for clergy and lay leaders.

The one-day Healing Communities 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 a customized congregational action plan suited to the culture, demographics and core beliefs of YOUR congregation.

Instructor: The Rev. Sandra Strauss

Sandy is Director of Advocacy and Ecumenical Outreach of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches. Her responsibilities are to inform, educate and empower people of faith on significant public issues, facilitate the work of common ministry and ecumenical relationships, manage external communications and organize and manage Council events. She is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) (M.Div. Lancaster Theological Seminary), and also holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy Studies from Duke University.


Registration Fee: $25
Register online by clicking here.