On Sunday, June 21, 2015, Peaceseekers in partnership with the International Fellowship of Chaplains will hold an ordination service for the first cohort of the Greater Boston Community Chaplaincy Collaborative. The Greater Boston Community Chaplaincy Collaborative is a prevention and response team providing spiritual and emotional care within New England communities.
For over two decades, the pioneers of this Collaborative have worked to promote the distinct benefits of the chaplaincy relationship, the importance of addressing community trauma, and violence as a public health problem. As the lead partner for this Collaborative, Peaceseekers cultivates partnerships for preventing violence and promoting God's peace; noting that effective prevention evolves from synergy between all sectors, including community members, grassroots organizations, faith leaders, academicians, and policy makers. As we strive as a city and region to build effective and sustainable strategies towards peace promotion and violence/trauma prevention, we have a responsibility to bear in mind the following lessons learned from prior efforts:
1. The work of Professional Chaplains offers distinct benefits to individuals, families, organizations and the communities in which they serve.
2. Chaplains are first responders and vital partners in providing a continuum of emotional and spiritual care
3. Violence is a learned behavior that can be unlearned or not learned in the first place; it is preventable.
4. Cities with more coordination, communication, and attention to preventing violence have achieved lower violence rates.
5. Addressing and preventing trauma at the community level builds resilience helping individuals and communities to heal and thrive
6. Community members, clergy, mayors, police chiefs, school superintendents, and public health officials have stated that violence and community trauma are serious issues and responses inadequate.
The Greater Boston Community Chaplaincy Collaborative understands that violence/trauma prevention continues to be a high priority of the City of Boston and its community partners. "This Community Chaplaincy Collaborative is a significant asset to our region," said Chaplain Clementina Chéry, who founded the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute after her son was murdered in Boston, "the Chaplains currently serve within a variety of organizations and communities, and also provided support in the aftermath of the Sandyhook tragedy and the Boston marathon bombing."
The cost of violence and community trauma is severe; Chaplains play a vital role in facilitating holistic healing - mind, body and spirit - they are key to seeking the peace of our communities.
Please join us as we celebrate our Community Chaplains on June 21, 2015, 2:00PM - 4:00PM at Tremont Temple Baptist Church, 88 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108.