Healing the Healers hopes to ensure that no faith leader faces the challenge of trauma alone and without preparation or resources. The project is comprised of a series of five episodes–intimate conversations, led by Newtown’s Rev. Matthew Crebbin, between faith leaders who’ve experienced mass traumatic events in their communities and congregations. This series of five powerful, filmed conversations is a resource to prepare and inspire a sacred community of support for faith leaders. They illustrate the key themes associated with faith leader trauma – acknowledging it, examining the unique symptoms, and exploring ways to recover and move towards healing. Key themes include self-care, self-awareness, pastoral v. prophetic roles, impact on families of faith leaders, living with the stress of continual community trauma, conflict with congregation while moving through stages of trauma, re-traumatization in the face of the rising number of mass shootings, struggling with your faith in light of evil, building trauma-informed ministries, and lessons learned, or what Rev. Crebbin has termed as living with this ‘new wisdom.’
A new media resource that will be made widely available to faith leaders, seminaries, libraries, conferences and congregations.