by Rev. Matthew Crebbin
Beloved colleagues in ministry, This is a message I wish I didn’t have to write.
I do not want to know what I know. Because I learned my lessons about disaster ministry in one of the ugliest and horrific events that still resonates within my own soul, my local community and our nation. My teacher has been pain and heartache. My classroom has been a setting where complex traumatic grief has lived for the past seven-plus years. It was in December 14, 2012 that I sat in a fire station next to Sandy Hook Elementary School and was called forth to minister as my community absorbed unimaginable devastation to heart, mind, body and soul.
Beloved colleagues, if you are like me; you were not trained for anything like this in Seminary. My journey has a pastor and human being has taught me some pretty difficult lessons about trauma and ministry. Though the coming disaster will be different the one I experienced, there are a few things that I learned that I wished someone had told me beforehand. Perhaps some of these lessons will be helpful to you in the coming days, months, and years. If not, feel free to ignore what I am about to tell you.
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