2021 Spiritual Colloquium

In light of the developing COVID-19 health concerns and our priority to ensure the safety of our community, clients, staff, and volunteers, the  2020 Spiritual Development Colloquium scheduled to take place at the Silver Spring Civic Center on May 20, 2020  has been postponed until May 19, 2021. On behalf of our staff and event leaders, we are very disappointed of course, and anticipate planning initiatives throughout the year leading to an even stronger event next year.

In lieu of a colloquium this year and to accommodate social distancing requirements, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a series of virtual discussions on Moral Injury known as Healing Conversations. This monthly series will launch in late September 2020 and conclude in April 2021. Each Healing Conversation meeting will take place for one hour over Zoom. During these meetings, you will have the opportunity to engage with an informed guest speaker and others in a discussion on Moral Injury and how it relates to one of 7 identified topics. Each month we will feature a different discussion topic.

To register for our Healing Conversations, please follow the links below:

Social Justice

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Systemic Racism

Missed our Healing Conversation on Systemic Racism?
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Repentance/Forgiveness

Thursday, November 19th
7PM - 8:30PM


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One Body/Unity of Purpose

Thursday, January 28th
7PM - 8:30PM


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Toward A Beloved Community

Thursday, February 25th
7PM - 8:30PM


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Justice & Our Spiritual Growth

Thursday, March 25th
7PM - 8:30PM


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Moral Injury Consequences

Thursday, April 29th
7PM - 8PM


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2021 SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COLLOQUIUM


Wednesday | May 19, 2021
9:30AM - 3:30PM


SILVER SPRING CIVIC CENTER
8525 Fenton Street | Silver Spring, MD 20910


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*earn credit hours towards a moral injury certification*

*continental breakfast & lunch provided*

*parking & metro accessible*

ABOUT

The Spiritual Development Colloquium is a unique opportunity for members of the faith and philanthropic community to come together to learn, discuss and exchange ideas on issues impacting our society. This year's colloquium will focus on the topic of Moral Injury and how it manifests in the following areas:

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & WELLNESS • SOCIAL JUSTICE • VETERANS • EDUCATION • SUPPORTIVE HOUSING • COMMUNITY RE-ENTRY • YOUTH & CULTURE

This year's colloquium will be facilitated by Rev. Dr. Todd Yeary, Senior Pastor at Douglas Memorial Church in Baltimore, MD. Our Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock. As Senior Vice President of Moral Injury and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America, Dr. Brock is the leading expert on the issue of Moral Injury. To learn more about Dr. Brock and her work, please visit www.voa.org/moral-injury-center


For questions, please contact us at voaccommunications@voaches.org

WHAT IS MORAL INJURY?

Moral Injury is a relatively recent term used to describe a crisis that soldiers have faced for centuries, the internal suffering that results from breaking your own moral code.   It's a wound of the conscience, and it's not just military members who struggle. Anyone can experience Moral Injury. To learn more visit www.voa.org/moral-injury-center

"[Moral Injury] results from from being betrayed by people and/or institutions that should have been trusted to be moral and do the right thing; committing, witnessing, imagining or failing to prevent acts or events that can be judged as harmful or evil; being involved in events of contexts where violations of taboos or acts of harm leave a person feeling contaminated by evil or "dirty"; or surviving conditions of degradation, oppression, and extremity."

Dr. Rita Brock | Volunteers of America

SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT COALITION

For those who want to become actively engaged in addressing issues that impact our communities, we invite you to join our Spiritual Development Coalition. By joining the coalition, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with others in the community to specifically address the following topics and devise solutions – education, youth & culture, moral injury, housing, social justice, and mental health & wellness. 

Coalition meetings are convened on a quarterly basis by the following staff of Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas:

  • Education – Lionel Gloster
  • Youth and Culture – Patricia Bunting
  • Moral Injury – Richard Bontz
  • Housing – Charles and Sandra Wilson
  • Social Justice – George Lino and Davina Alston
  • Mental Health – Reginald and Jana Berhow


COALITION MEETING NOTES

October 31, 2019- Spiritual Development Coalition Meeting Notes

June 26, 2019 - Highlights of First Spiritual Development Coalition Meeting

May 22, 2019 - 2019 Spiritual Development Colloquium General Observation Report

Summary of 2019 Spiritual Development Colloquium Work Group Reports

MORAL INJURY TRAININGS

Learn best practices and gain experience in addressing moral injury by taking advantage of these upcoming Moral Injury Trainings:

  • March 24th - Columbia Baptist Fellowship Church, 5885 Robert Oliver Pl, Columbia, MD 21045. Time: TBA