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PACEs in the Faith-Based Community

March 2021

A Better Normal Friday, March 26, 2021: PACEs and HOPE with Dr. Christina Bethell

Please join us for our next installment of A Better Normal, our live webinar series in which we imagine and create our society as trauma-informed! You may have seen we changed our name recently from ACEs Connection to PACEs Connection. Please join us to learn all about the groundbreaking research of Positive Childhood Experiences and how this is going to transform the work we are all doing. >>Click here to register<< PACEs and HOPE Live Event Friday, March 26, 2021 Noon PT / 1pm...

Catholic Order Pledges $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor and Sales []

By Rachel L. Swarns, The New York Times, March 15, 2021 In one of the largest efforts by an institution to atone for slavery, a prominent order of Catholic priests has vowed to raise $100 million to benefit the descendants of the enslaved people it once owned and to promote racial reconciliation initiatives across the United States. The move by the leaders of the Jesuit conference of priests represents the largest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to make amends for the buying, selling and...

Reminder: You Can Stream Whole People on ACEs Connection and/or Join Rev. Abernathy for a Zoom Discussion

ACEs Connection , the CTIPP (The Campaign for Trauma -Informed Policy & Practice), and the Relentless School Nurse , are co-hosing the Transform Trauma with ACEs Sciences Film Festival and Zoom discussion series. These are our next two events and we hope you will join us: 1. Weekend Streaming of Whole People from March 12th - March 14th, 2021): We will be streaming of parts 4 and 5 of the Whole People documentary series on the weekend of M arch 12th through March 14th, 2021 in the...

Conference Breakout: Trauma-Informed Ministry and the Theological Implications of Trauma

At our annual RESPITE | Building a Trauma-Informed Community Conference, I will be presenting a specialized breakout about Trauma-Informed Ministry and the Theological Implications of Trauma. Over the last few years, I've been working on my book (Did You Bring Your Heart?) where I tackle the issue of re-traumatization that can happen within worshipping community when there is not an intentional effort to understand the far-reaching effects of adversity in forming our understanding of...

Ten Traits of a Great Teacher (

It's not just classroom teachers who find success and the ability to relate to others when they develop these traits. Parents, coaches, employees, in short, anyone who needs to convey information to another can benefit from developing these qualities. 1. Great Teachers Are Humble 2. Great Teachers Are Patient 3. Great Teachers Are Kind and Show Respect 4. Great Teachers Have Enthusiasm for their Subject Matter 5. Great Teachers Show Not Tell 6. Great Teachers Learn from Their Students 7.

The Disconnect of Trauma and the Lies We Follow

Honored to be part of the Survivor Stories event hosted by Michael Broussard of Ask a Survivor. Performing two songs of mine and sharing the back story to their creation - "Songs For The Keys To Your Life"and "When Your Heart Follows A Lie" “ Go to where the silence is and say something.” - Amy Goodman Survivor Stories- Michael Skinner - Take care and share as you wish...Michael Skinner A diagnosis is not a destiny “ Our lives begin to...

Dismantling Racism & All The Other Isms (Thursday Sessions)

Registration for the event is at the link below. This is the Thursday session that runs from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm on March 11th, 18th, 25th, April 1st. Join the conversation with DiDi Delgado, Debby Irving, Fiyah Angel, Nandi K., and Dr. Shamell Bell for an interactive class & discussion forum on dismantling oppression in this current era of resistance. Don't miss the last version of the live class Discussion topics will include: • Practicing Anti-Racism • Which Black Person Do I Follow...

I'm a nun who has ministered to transgender people for over 20 years. These are some of their courageous stories. []

By Sister Luisa Derouen, America, February 25, 2021 Courtney Sharp is the first transgender woman I met, back in 1999, and we have remained friends all these years. I got an email from her recently. She had just read the document from June 2020 written by retiring Archbishop Robert Carlson regarding transgender people. She began her comments by saying, “I’ve been thinking about how Christians can take a simplistic view of things and quickly reach harmful conclusions that support their...

Joe Biden signs executive order reestablishing White House faith office []

By Alexandra Jaffe, America, February 15, 2021 President Joe Biden signed an executive order Sunday relaunching a White House office aimed at fostering cooperation between the federal government and faith-based and secular community organizations. The order reestablishes the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, a 20-year-old initiative first put in place by President George W. Bush. The White House said the office’s early goals under Biden will include working to...

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