Wise as Serpents: Why Trained Trauma Chaplains Matter in the Wake of Crisis

Yesterday, just hours after the Colorado shootings, I began to read stories of “chaplains” being sent by evangelical Christian groups to the scene. Immediately, I felt my blood pressure rise. Last summer my southern Vermont community was hit hard by Hurricane Irene. Towns were flooded, families lost their homes, and entire businesses were literally washed away. In the aftermath, all of us got involved in the rebuilding. As a local pastor, I spent a lot of time talking to people who had suffered devastating losses, and connecting them with needed resources. One afternoon, a few days after the flood, I … Continue reading Wise as Serpents: Why Trained Trauma Chaplains Matter in the Wake of Crisis