NOVEBMER 2017
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A MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER OF THE OKLAHOMA CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES
The latest news and information from OCC
We are thrilled to have you as a part of our network and we look forward to sharing the latest OCC news with you each month. We are always looking for ways to involve as many people as possible in our work. Interested in getting involved? Email The Rev. Shannon Fleck today to get plugged in to our wonderful efforts statewide! 
Your gift is tax deductible. OCC is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The 2017 Annual Dinner is fast approaching! There is still time to register and join us for a beautiful evening at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.
OCC Announces Fall Disaster Spiritual Care Trainings
 
As OCC's Disaster Spiritual Care Team continues to be active in response to disasters around our state, registration is now open for the final trainings of 2017. These Disaster Spiritual Care trainings are offered in multi-day formats, allowing participants to take necessary courses in "blocks" of days to earn their disaster spiritual care credentials. All trainings will be held at the Oklahoma Disciples Center, 301 NW 36th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73118.

Basic and Intermediate Disaster Spiritual Care Trainings-- November 28-30, 2017

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 8:00 am-5:00 pm    
Local Spiritual Care Responder Training (Prerequisite for all other OCC trainings)

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017, 9:00 am-3:00 pm         
Intermediate Disaster Spiritual Care

Wednesday, Nov 29, 2017, 3:30 pm-5:00 pm         
QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer)   

Thursday, Nov 30, 2017, 9:00 am-12:00 pm          
Religious and Cultural Competence 

Click HERE for a full calendar and links to registrations.

Team members are also encouraged to attend one of the OCC approved Psychological First Aid Courses offered by the Medical Reserve Corp: Nov 17 ( Ardmore ) | Dec. 8 ( Oklahoma City ) 8:30am - 4:30pm

OCC currently trains three categories for credentialed Disaster Spiritual Care Providers, each with specific training courses, qualifications, and accountability requirements. Each full day training session includes lunch, materials and snacks. Click here to discover which courses and credentialing categories are right for you.  

We are thankful for our partners who train across disciplines, especially the Stress Response Team (Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corp), the Oklahoma National Guard Chaplain's office, and the Mental Health Association Oklahoma.

OCC’s disaster spiritual care program is compliant with National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster Spiritual Care Guidelines and Points of Consensus. Our program is possible as a result of the generous financial support from our national, state, and local faith-based partners
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Click   here   to receive email notification of future disaster spiritual and emotional care trainings.

Click  here   for a more detailed description of OCC’s three credentialing categories, training, qualifications, and accountability requirements.

Click   here  f or an update on OCC’s disaster spiritual care program.
2018 Day at the Legislature

Save the date for the 2018 Oklahoma Conference of Churches Day at the Legislature on Monday, February 26, 2018 at the Oklahoma State Capitol and St. Paul's Cathedral. This year, we will discuss "Equal Justice", focusing on topics of Race and Immigration and look forward to meaningful workshops and speakers to engage us in these topics from the lens of our call as people of faith. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us in February!
More details to come soon.
Make plans to join the Oklahoma Conference of Churches at our final Evening of Listening for 2017 on the topic of Criminal Justice Reform. This event is free and open to the public and will feature a panel to discuss this important topic with plenty of time for Q&A and community engagement on the topic! Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 30 from 6:30 to 8 in the evening at St. Paul's Cathedral (127 NW 7th Street) in Oklahoma City. Share and invite your friends on FACEBOOK !
Justice and Advocacy: Get Engaged!
The Oklahoma Conference of Churches is proud to work hard to track legislation and the legislative process on behalf of the communities of faith we represent, but also, to encourage your engagement with the process! Do you know who represents you in the State of Oklahoma and nationally? Do you know how to reach them? Click the button below to find out and keep the information handy. As we continue to journey through what has been a very challenging special session and into regular session in the spring, we want to encourage each of you to get engaged if you're not already! Advocacy is very important to the work of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches, but we need all of you to join us as we advocate for those who need our voice the most. Want to receive alerts specifically targeted for these purposes? Sign up for our Social Justice Ministry Network by emailing The Rev. Shannon Fleck to be added to the list today!
Religions United Committee plans next Interfaith International Trip
After the success of the first Interfaith International Trip to the Holy Land, another trip is being planned for 2018! More information available at our Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 9th.
On Tuesday, November 7 th “An Evening with Author Michael Korenblit” is being held at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library at 7 in the evening. Michael will be discussing his book,  Until We Meet Again: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Holocaust .
 
The Jewish Federation is pleased to partner with the Metropolitan Library System to bring this special program to our community. Please make plans to attend!
Norman’s Public Library West hosts the next installment of the Medieval Fair Free Lecture Series, starting at  6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 .
The topic for this month’s presentation is Islamic History, with Dr. Gershon Lewental, Shusterman visiting professor from the University of Oklahoma leading the discussion. 

The programs take a look back to various aspects of the Middle Ages as a lead-up to Norman’s annual Medieval Fair, set for April 6-8. The presentation is co-sponsored by the  Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies  at OU and the library.

OCC Director receives Human Rights Award
The Rev. Shannon Fleck was presented the Church Women United in Oklahoma's Human Rights Award at their Ecumenical Leaders' Retreat in Altus, OK on Friday, October 20, 2017. Rev. Fleck also served as the keynote speaker at the weekend's opening session, discussing Faith, Politics, and Human Rights and our call as people of faith to action for those who need us the most. Congratulations to Rev. Fleck! Interested in working more on issues of justice and faith? Email Rev. Fleck today!
OCC Hosts Heart Health Wellness Clinic
Did you know that Health, Wellness, and Aging is one of the focuses of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches? OCC was thrilled to host a Heart Health Wellness Fair at our offices on Saturday, October 28. OCC partnered with the APPNA to bring this free event to the area in an effort to provide access to vital health information.
The Struggle is Real-How to Minister to Mental and Relational Needs in the Church
Bright Tomorrows is co-sponsoring with the Christian Association for Psychological Studies a 3-hour FREE breakfast seminar for Ministry Leaders on Mental Health issues. The breakfast will take place at Asbury United Methodist Church (6767 South Mingo Rd.) in Tulsa, OK.
 
We are bringing in a nationally recognized speaker, Jared Pingleton, Psy.D., M.A., to present on the theme  “The Struggle is Real – How to Minister to Mental and Relational Needs in The Church.”  His most recent book by that same title has just been released.
 
Dr. Pingleton is the Vice President of the American Association of Christian Counselors (a sister organization of CAPS). He is both a Clinical Psychologist and a credentialed minister.
Click HERE for a large view of event flier.
Volunteer Opportunity

There are 383 disaster survivors from 2015 spring storms in disaster case
management with 56 ready for volunteers to do home repairs and more becoming ready every week. What will your  Response - Ability  be to those in need? Find out more  here .
The office of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches will be closed November 22-24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.
COMMUNITY EVENTS

November 12, 2017
Jewish Muslim Film Institute - showing
the comedy "Dough" at Emmanuel
Synagogue, OKC at 1:45 p.m. RSVP here

November 14, 2017
Evening of Prayers for Peace - St. John's
Episcopal Church, Norman at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
OKC Civic Center, Hall of Mirrors
Click HERE for more information.
Oklahoma Conference of Churches
301 N.W. 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 525-2928

The Rev. Dr. William Tabbernee
Executive Director


The Oklahoma Conference of Churches connects, motivates, and empowers the witness of communities of faith and individuals throughout Oklahoma on issues of faith, care, and social justice.