About the Faith Conference

Thousands will gather at the Emergency Preparedness Leadership Forum. On Wednesday, November 2nd, hundreds of faith leaders will come together at the Faith Leadership Conference being held at the forum. This conference provides the perfect platform to discuss current key issues our state, counties, cities and communities face in efforts to plan and prepare for the emergencies and disasters that lie ahead.

 

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Churches and other houses of worship hold vital roles in our communities as places of refuge from the chaos of everyday life, as well as places of comfort, compassion and provision in times of tragedy and disaster.


Oregon Convention Center

 

The Faith Leadership Conference being held at the forum provides the opportunity for church leaders and other faith leaders to connect and collaborate with other prominent non-profits, small businesses, corporate leaders and government officials of all levels.




The Faith Leadership Conference will feature expert speakers in the areas of church preparedness, response and grief and trauma care in a cooperative approach to a calamity. You will learn how your leadership role can help prepare others to meet the spiritual, physical and psychological needs that individuals, congregations and communities have in the wake of an emergency or disaster.

Your participation is vital as we prepare for the local and regional life altering events that will impact our congregations and communities profoundly. It is by preparing together, the high calling of brotherly love and social responsibility will be achieved in the event of the unthinkable. Let us be diligent in our collaborations at all levels of society.


Be prepared to be a shepard to your community.




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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Tentative Agenda

7:00am

Check-in - Foyer

7:00am - 8:00am

Conference Room F149-152

Peer-to-Peer Networking/Buffet Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am
Conference Room F149-152

Welcome & Program Introductions

Master of Ceremonies:
Matt Hennessee
Pastor, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church

 

9:00am - 10:30am
Opening Keynote

Conference Room F149-152

Are You Prepared for the Next Disaster?  Faith Based Disaster Preparedness & Response

Presented by:
Dr. Jodie Chiricosta
Vice President, Somebody Cares America/International

This presentation will focus on the critical role that the faith communities can play in responding to disasters locally and nationally.  In addition to giving an overview of the disaster response cycle and the mission of various response agencies, Dr. Chiricosta will outline practical ways that the faith community can both prepare for and respond to natural or man-made disasters from initial relief through recovery.

10:30am - 10:45am

Break - Networking Pavilion

10:45am - 12:15pm

Conference Room F149-152

Community Response – What Does it Look Like?

Moderated by:
Matt Hennessee
Pastor, Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church
Panelist:
Dr. Victor Alvarizares
Sr. Pastor of Father’s House International & President of the NW Hispanic Pastor’s Association
Panelist:
Dr. Jodie Chiricosta
Vice President, Somebody Cares America/International
Panelist:
Alice Busch
EMT, CEM, Operations Divisions Chief, Multnomah County Emergency Mangement
Panelist:
Bishop Steven Holt
Professor, Warner Pacific College; Pastor, Kingdom Nation Church & Chair, Oversight Committee for the N/NE Portland Housing Strategy
Panelist:
Dr. Norman Wright
Author, Graduate Professor, Trauma Specialist
Panelist:
Oscar Surjadi
Pastor of Portland City Blessing Church

 

12:15pm - 1:45pm

Lunch

1:45pm - 3:45pm

Conference Room F149-152

Grief And Trauma Care: Before, During And After An Emergency Event

Presented by:
Dr. Norman Wright
Author, Graduate Professor, Trauma Specialist

 

This practical workshop will focus on the impact of loss, crisis and trauma on each family member. This presentation will take the participants into the heart of grief and trauma counseling in a practical way. Attendees will leave with both an understanding of the issues as well as the ability to know how to help especially in the initial stages of an incident. Trauma events including sudden incidents, long term terminal situations, etc. will be discussed. A major emphasis is upon practical identifiable steps of healing including those directly traumatized as well as secondary. “What to do and say” and “What not to do and say” will be identified. The most current and helpful resources will also be identified.




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