“In These Challenging Times: A Class on Fearing, Coping, and Hoping,” a Conversation with the Whole Congregation (online)   Facilitated by Geoff Vaughn

2020 has been a year like no other in recent history. Our local, national, and global communities have and continue to endure challenges in unfamiliar ways and at unprecedented levels. As this season of stress wears on, our abilities to cope with chronic fear and find some acute relief are increasingly strained.

We kick off Aperture, a monthly series that engages speakers from the community and congregation, with Geoff Vaughn, who will offer a platform for discussion about this taxing time. We will start by looking at some fundamentals of stress-inducing environmental events, their origins and characteristics, and how we perceive and react to them as individuals and as groups. We will then move into a discussion about stress and its physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual impact. This will lead us to an investigation of strategies to better manage this stress – ways to instill an increased sense of hope and strength as we all move forward in this uncertain time.

Please contact Marietta Wynands, Director of Christian Education, for the Zoom link and info.

Geoff Vaughn is a Medical Family Therapist at the Duke Cancer Institute. His clinical focus is on coping with traumatic experiences. Geoff provides psychotherapy for teens and young adults with cancer.