Disasters are an ever-present concern in Oklahoma. In response to 2013’s storms, the Oklahoma Conference of Churches recognized the vital role of faith communities in addressing the disaster-related emotional and spiritual needs of our state and launched a disaster-related Emotional and Spiritual Care Ministry. Disaster Spiritual Care Providers offer emotional and spiritual care and support from a faith-based perspective to disaster-affected populations and responders. We come from diverse cultural and spiritual backgrounds to provide sensitive, appropriate care, nurturing and encouraging the spiritual as a source of strength in difficult times.
OCC has credentialed more than 150 individuals representing over 29 denominations and interfaith groups, plus non-denominational churches. All of OCC’s training is in compliance with National VOAD’s Disaster Spiritual Care Points of Consensus and Guidelines.
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Our program also produces and distributes “The Pathway Forward” series: Practical suggestions and resources for disaster survivors, disaster workers, clergy and congregations
We are well on our way to building something quite unique and I hope you will join us. Please feel free to call or e-mail me if you have questions.
Rev. Mary Hughes Gaudreau
Director of Emotional and Spiritual Care
Oklahoma Conference of Churches