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Three Trailblazers Honored with 2019 Antoinette Brown Awards

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The Rev. Liddy Barlow, who in 2014 was the first woman to be installed as executive minister of Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania, an ecumenical agency bringing together 28 Protestant, Catholic and Orthodox church bodies. In recognizing Barlow, the selection committee lifted up the work she did in the wake of the mass killings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh last


The Rev. Eileen Norrington, who was recognized for her work in the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps. "In the Navy, Rev. Norrington taught suicide awareness and prevention, stress management, and rape prevention; worked with grief groups, victims of family violence, alcohol recovery groups, and CREDO spiritual growth retreats--all in addition to traditional pastoral duties at several duty stations in the U.S. and overseas," Dilley said.

In 1996, Norrington was the first woman in the Navy Chaplain Corps history promoted to the rank of captain. Since she retired from the Navy, she has filled roles in the national setting.

The Rev. Marti Baumer, one of the first women to serve as a Conference Minister when she served in Illinois South, was lifted up for her "serious attention to people and place, the articulation of firmly held values, and strength of character that encourages others and strengthens the church," said Rev. Sheila Guillaume, pastor of Union Congregational UCC in West Palm Beach, Fla., in introducing Baumer.

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UCC Disaster Ministries and the UCC Southern Conference presents:
A Disaster Trauma Retreat -
"Come away...Rest awhile." John 6:31

Trauma: How It Can Affect You and Your Faith Community

*** July 15 - 16 SpringHill Suites, New Bern July 17 - 18 Fairfield Inn, Elizabeth City
July 22 - 23 Hilton, Raleigh
*** July 24 - 25 Holiday Inn, Wilmington

Clergy can pick one site from the above list and do not have to attend the retreat closest to their home.
This retreat will center on building skills that will provide an understanding of:

  • Our own reactions to disasters and trauma and why we react the way we do

  • How we can help our Faith Community handle trauma, and scriptural support to help

  • How clergy can work with their congregations when disasters/traumas strike in the community

  • Additionally, participants will learn about United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries and explore avenues for engaging in this vibrant and vital ministry.

The retreat will begin at 4 p.m. the first day and end at 4 p.m. the second day. The schedule will include "down" time to enable you to rest awhile. Each location will be limited to 20 participants so register now at:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DisasterTraumaRetreat
Hotel room and meal costs are being underwritten by UCC Ministries. Retreat is free for clergy. Option available for participating spouse (see flyer) Transportation costs are not provided. Registration closes July 5
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For more information, contact: Ken Skalitzky, Disaster Recovery Specialist; UCC Disaster Ministries, ucc.ken.disaster@gmail.com / (864) 648-9876


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