Reflections on 2019 Finding Hope Event

Thank you to the more than 125 people who came out for the Finding Hope 2019 Conference last Saturday, April 6. This extraordinary event was organized with collaboration from Bryn Athyn Church, Growth Opportunity Center, Gloria Dei Church and Abington-Jefferson Hospital. Many in attendance had never previously been to Bryn Athyn.

The morning began with an inspiring musical offering by ANC students, followed by the keynote speaker, Dr. Sandra Bloom, exploring the impact of childhood trauma and strategies of healing from trauma. There were opportunities for workshops on art therapy, movement, journaling, impact of addiction, suicide awareness, healthy relationships, belonging and prevention, and specific support for challenges attendees are facing. The day wrapped up with attendees joining more than 250 people in the Out of Darkness Walk at Lower Moreland High School and planting a “Finding Hope” tree. (There are other “Finding Hope” trees planted at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Gloria Dei Church, and Abington -Jefferson Hospital). Below are a few reflections from the attendees:

“The fact that you are doing this event, having these conversations, and connecting with various other organizations and communities, that in itself is a HUGE success.”

“I am heartened by the courage, compassion and goodwill emanating from the speakers and event planners.”

“Very thoughtful programming and offerings. Dr. Bloom was a highlight–relevant and informed.”

You can view a recording of the keynote by Dr. Sandra Bloom at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_1dVDtykLc.

There will be groups forming that will continue the conversation. For more information, contact Finding Hope and Small Group Coordinator, Bronwen Henry at smallgroups@brynathynchurch.org or 215-947-6225 x271.

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