Supporting each other: Stress, grief and loss training opportunity for laity


In this current season, we recognize that in addition to pastors, much of the burden in many churches for pastoral care falls to the church lay leader or congregational care team. The Greater Northwest Lay Leaders, New Circuit Riders, Connecting Neighbors and Disaster Recovery have come together to develop a 90 minute discussion-based training to provide support and education for laity who are currently doing the powerful and oftentimes emotionally draining work right now of supporting their congregation and their pastor. 

The Zoom-based training is led by:

  • Marshall Wattman-Turner: clergy and coordinator of the Oregon-Idaho Abundant Health initiative
  • Dr. Jay Hughes – Psychiatrist working with post traumatic stress issues and congregant at Redeemer UMC in Kingston, Wash.
  • Catherine Lundy, psychologist and congregant at Fairwood UMC in Renton, Wash.
  • Nancy Tam Davis, Pacific Northwest Conference Lay Leader

This training will be offered twice with a limit of 40 participants:

June 25, 7pm-8:30pm

June 26, 1pm-2:30pm

Here is the direct registration link.

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Kristen Caldwell
A mom, a writer, a wannabe runner, Kristen Caldwell calls Vancouver, Wash., home and loves getting to tell stories of the people and places that make up the Greater Northwest Area.

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