A workshop for clergy and chaplains facilitated by pastoral theologian The Rev. Dr. Danielle Tumminio Hansen. Co-sponsored by The Northwest Washington & Southwest Washington Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, and Saint Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Free, but pre-registration is required: saintmarks.org/workshop
The COVD-19 crisis has caused trauma to be widespread in the lives of congregants and clergy alike. So how is a clergyperson to minister in a context where they themselves are immersed in collective trauma?
In this workshop, we will discuss the role that safety plays in trauma recovery and develop tools for creating safety in ministry during the pandemic, both for the people clergy serve and for clergy themselves. We will begin by discussing what trauma is and the role that safety plays in recovery. We will then spend some time engaged in a structured conversation that gives clergy a safe space to reflect on their own experiences of the pandemic and the role that trauma has played. The remainder of the workshop will be devoted to learning more about trauma-informed ministry and developing tools that can be used to create safety in the context of COVID-19 ministry and in the post-pandemic world.
The Rev. Danielle Hansen, PhD, is assistant professor of pastoral theology and serves as director of field education at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Previously she was a lecturer at Yale and Tufts universities and a parish priest in Massachusetts. She is the author of several works in practical theology: Conceiving Family: A Practical Theology of Surrogacy and Self (Baylor University Press, 2019), God and Harry Potter at Yale: Teaching Faith and Fantasy Fiction in an Ivy League Classroom (Unlocking Press, 2010), and Expecting Jesus (Morehouse, 2014), a series of Advent daily reflections. She is also the co-editor of When Two or Three Are Gathered, an anthology of spiritual vignettes composed by a diversity of individuals throughout The Episcopal Church. In addition to her books, Dr. Hansen has written extensively for publications including Huffington Post and The Guardian about the intersection of popular culture and faith. She is a graduate of Yale University (BA, MDiv, STM) and earned her doctorate at Boston University.