This week saw the start of series of crisis care workshops conducted by visiting speaker Rev. Dr Naomi Paget.
Dr Paget is a world expert in disaster recovery chaplaincy and crisis intervention, working with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, the FBI and other agencies.
The Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer Rev. Dr Stephen Robinson has an extraordinarily busy ministry.
Wherever chaplains are on hand to comfort those in need, Stephen’s presence is rarely far away.
Uniting Disaster Recovery hosted a historic meeting of disaster recovery chaplaincy coordinators from all across the country, with every state and territory represented. This meeting comes at an important time, as the Northern and QLD Synods are involved in establishing integrated, ecumenical, disaster recovery chaplaincy networks.
It’s just over a year since a bushfire raged through Pinery just north of Adelaide resulting in two deaths and extensive losses of crop, stock and property.
Coordinating the Disaster Recovery Chaplaincy Network across NSW is no easy feat, from evacuation and recovery centres to ongoing pastoral support.
This week I joined NSW/ACT Synod Moderator Rev. Dr Myung Hwa Park and General Secretary Rev. Dr Andrew Williams in signing a new Memorandum of Understanding with the NSW Department of Justice.
Fifty-five people have attended a disaster recovery chaplaincy workshop in the Fijian capital Suva hosted by UnitingWorld and the Assembly’s National Disaster Recovery Officer.
UCA church partners from the Methodist Church in Fiji and ecumenical friends from the Fijian Council of Churches joined the workshop, convened to assist those caring for people who have lost loved ones, homes and whole communities in Cyclone Winston.