Rev. Dr. Michael Carrion pastors in the North and South Bronx — part of the poorest congressional district in the nation and located in a U.S. coronavirus hotspot. At the time of the podcast recording, 15 members of his church had died due to COVID-19. Pastor Carrion clings to hope as he also mourns for all that has been lost and advocates for the vulnerable.
In Today’s Conversation podcast hosted by NAE President Walter Kim, Michael describes:
- How the health crisis unfolded in his community;
- What the coronavirus pandemic reveals about racial inequities in our country;
- How Christians in different areas of the country can identify with brothers and sisters who are facing greater hardship; and
- What steps the church and its pastors have taken to address trauma and mental health concerns in their community.
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Walter: You’ve talked about the need for processing. You yourself have gone through that. Clearly, you’re encouraging your staff and other pastors to go through that. Are there other practical tips that you would give to those in leadership who themselves are experiencing vicarious trauma?
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- NAE Coronavirus Response & Resources
- Care Package for the Church
- Promised Land Covenant Church
- “A pastor in the Bronx thought he knew hardship. Then his church saw 13 coronavirus deaths.” – Washington Post article
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