YOU CAN #BeAConnection, especially North Carolina’s Faith Communities, especially now!
When our faith communities lift-up children, families, and community members and connect them to supports and resources; they are building hope and providing essential Protective Factors. PCANC recently partnered with Institute of Emerging Issues Rural Faith and Partners in Health and Wholeness for a weeklong webinar series called Providing Hope: Strengthening and Connecting: Families, Congregations and Communities. We provided a space where faith leaders learned about the 5 Protective Factors that support children and families. We learn best from each other and our faith leaders connected with others across the state for open conversations on how they are implementing the Protective Factors in their congregations and communities.
You will laugh, you will cry, and you will learn from our faith leaders’ and statewide experts’ creative ways they are supporting and connecting their families and communities.
5 Daily Discussions
Parental Resilience-Mental Well-Being
Open Conversation with Reverend Jessica Stokes of PHW
Discover ways can we help build resilience for ourselves and those caring for children and families. “What gives me hope and strength during a difficult time is shared vulnerability especially during the isolation of COVID”.
Link to Recording
Social Emotional Competence of Children
Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
Virtual Town-hall with Faith Leaders on Connection
KNOWING WHERE TO GO
Our NC Faith Communities are often called upon as first responders to those experiencing and who have experienced trauma. We can help our families and communities move from surviving an event to learning from it and ultimately being transformed by it. Knowing the resources available in your community and who to connect with at these agencies can make all the difference. By keeping an updated resource guide in all areas of your congregation and on your websites, you have the resources available at a moment’s notice. North Carolina has an abundance of resources to help. Here are a few essential websites that provide easily accessible supports and resources. May we recommend using a “warm transfer” approach by making the calls and connections with the person needing assistance.
CONNECTING WITH OUR PARTNERS
Prevention happens in partnership and we are honored to work with NC Council of Churches and Institute of Emerging Issues Rural Faith Communities as Anchor Institutions who are both supporting North Carolina’s Faith communities. Should you want ideas on trauma-informed practices for you congregation, please see North Carolina’s Council of Churches Partners in Heath and Wholeness Becoming a Trauma-Informed Faith Community.
North Carolina State’s Institute for Emerging Issues Rural Faith Communities as Anchor Institutions (RFCAI) offers resources, trainings and events that support North Carolina’s Rural Faith Communities.