Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series

When the Unthinkable Happens

When the Unthinkable Happens

February 17 to 19, 2017

It can happen anywhere, including your community, and It could be a tornado, domestic or sexual abuse, a mass shooting or something else. As Christ’s followers, we need to be ready and respond well.

How can we as congregations and our communities work together to be ready for traumatic events? What are key principles and practices for responding in the immediate aftermath and in the days and months following? How do congregations and communities work together to build resilience and bring hope and healing?

Hesston College’s 2017 Anabaptist Vision and Discipleship Series (AVDS) seeks to educate and equip church members, community workers and emergency responders in the human and spiritual aspects of trauma care preparedness and immediate response. Kate Wiebe, director of the Institution for Congregational Trauma and Growth (Santa Barbara, Calif.) will give keynote presentations. Additional presenters include STAR trainer Dr. Donna Minter of the Minnesota Peacebuilding Leadership Institute (Minneapolis), Executive Director Kevin King of Mennonite Disaster Service and local resource people and organizations.

Collaborative organizational education and training opportunities

  • Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS)—Kansas Center four-part short course, “Communities in trauma: Responding biblically, theologically and ethically,” Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1 and 7. Discounted $60 voucher for dual AMBS-AVDS event registration.
  • STAR-Lite Training (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience), single-day event, Feb. 20. Additional cost. Offered by Hesston College and Mennonite Central Committee Central States.