Responding as a Church in the Midst of Tragedy: Lessons From the Sandy Hook School Tragedy
Thursday, December 18; Noon - 12:45pm
Too often, local town governments, nonprofits and churches are content to co-exist in communities with little to no relationship with one another. For the town of Newtown, this all changed on December 14, 2012, when a sick young man murdered 20 children and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. This horrific event brought indescribable pain and grief upon the community. It left families broken and vulnerable, townspeople filled with fear and anger, businesses on the verge of bankruptcy, and a community asking difficult questions about life and death. Over the past 2 years, the local church has had opportunities to serve, partner and lead in the healing and recovery journey alongside government, non-profits and dedicated citizens. In this webinar, we will unpack this journey, share successes and challenges, and look at the vital role of spiritual leadership during a crisis.
Biography: Adam DePasquale
Adam DePasquale is a resident, father and pastor from Newtown, Connecticut, where the Sandy Hook Tragedy took place in 2012. Although his children attended a different school, Adam was called the afternoon of the tragedy to be present with parents as they waited to hear news about their children. Over the past 15 months since the tragedy, Adam has been one of the lead pastors working to provide spiritual, emotional and physical support to the community. Adam serves as Pastor of Church Development at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT, where he is passionate about mobilizing people to reach cities with the love of Christ. In addition, he serves on the board of the Sandy Hook Restoration Fund.