Conference to address traumatic stress from racism
By John W. Coleman
The United Methodist Church’s Eastern PA Conference will offer an unusual workshop to address a timely topic that concerns many people of color in today’s highly charged racial climate: race-based traumatic stress.
The conference’s Commission on Religion and Race (CORR) will sponsor “Racism, Post-Traumatic Stress, & Transformation” on October 17, 2020, at Simpson House, 2101 Belmont Ave, Philadelphia, PA, from 8:30 AM to 3 PM. All people of color, clergy and lay, are encouraged to attend this 6-hour workshop, led by the Rev. R. Dandridge Collins (Ph.D., M.Div), a pastoral psychologist, author, lecturer and Baptist minister.
Collins, a trauma expert, will teach and lead participants in frank discussions to explore emotional distress and trauma caused in part by racist mistreatment, conflict and reactions, past and present. Interested persons should register soon. Space may fill up quickly for what should be a popular event.
The $25 registration fee includes: continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Collins’ bestselling 2007 book The Trauma Zone: Trusting God for Emotional Healing. Register today. Download and share the flyer.
The workshop will define racism and how it can cause symptoms of PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) for racial-ethnic people who have faced racial prejudice, hostility and discrimination. Even if such offenses happened long ago, the hurtful memories or impressions they leave are like unhealed wounds and can remain stressful and disruptive to one’s life and relationships. Read more…