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"Claiming the Wisdom of Our Faith Traditions: Shaping a Faith-Rooted Movement to Foster Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma" Workshop

This day offers an opportunity for faith leaders--both clergy and lay--to learn more about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) across a spectrum of traumatic experience--from abuse and neglect to community violence and war.  We will learn about the impact these experiences have on brain and genetic functioning, how to foster resilience in both the individual and across communities, and how to prevent adversity in childhood in the first place.  We will also explore how love, spirit, and meaning can heal and restore our bodies and minds.  Download the flyer.


This is a working conference and space is limited. The goal of the day is to lay groundwork for a plan for work that can be carried out across religious traditions and that is connected to efforts in other sectors, such as health care, schools, community programs, etc. We will also hear about how we can connect with the national Trauma Informed Congregations Network (TiCong).


Registration is $25, but scholarships are available and no one should let the fee stop them from attending. Just let us know if you need assistance.  To register, go to or contact Olga at 630-929-6108or  

St. James Commons is at 65 E. Huron St. at the corner of Huron St. and Rush St. in downtown Chicago.  Reduced-rate parking is available at ROW Parking Garage, 50 E Ohio Street, for $14 up to 18 hours or at Impark Garage, 33 W Ontario, for $9 up to 18 hours. Get a reduced-rate parking voucher from the St. James Commons reception desk when you arrive at the conference. 


Claiming the Wisdom of Our Faith Traditions:

Shaping a Faith-Rooted Movement to Foster Resilience and Prevent Childhood Trauma


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

8:30 am to 4 pm


St. James Commons

65 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL


8:00 - 8:30 am       Registration and Breakfast 


8:30 - 9:30 am       Welcome and Centering


9:30 - 10:30 am      What Brings Us Here?


10:30 - 10:45 am    Break


10:45- 11:45 am     The Science of ACEs and Resilience


11:45 - 12:30 pm    Lunch


12:30 - 1:30 pm     Wisdom Sharing -- What Do We Already Know?


1:30 - 2:45 pm       Wisdom Sharing -- What Could We Do Together?


2:45 - 3:00 pm       Break


3:00 - 3:45 pm       Wisdom Sharing-- What Are Our Next Steps?


3:45 - 4:00 pm      Closing and Centering


Register online here

For questions and more information, please contact Olga at 630-929-6108 or





Offered Collaboratively By:

Advocate Health Care

African Methodist Episcopal Church,  Fourth Episcopal District

Arab American Family Services

Baptist State Convention Health Ministries

Black Caucus of the American Public Health Association

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation

The Chicago Sunday Evening Club


Family Bridges

Illinois ACE Response Collaborative

Interfaith Mental Health Coalition

Jewish Child and Family Services

Justice and Witness Ministries, United Church of Christ

Nehemiah Trinity Rising

Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships, UIC

Presbytery of Chicago

Samaritan Interfaith Counseling Center and Center for Congregations

Samaritan Counseling Center of the Northwest Suburbs





Keywords: community engagement, faith based, resilience, trauma, Trauma Center, youth

Posted in Community Highlights, Education Initiatives, Healthcare/Health Resources