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May 30, 2019

Who heals the healers when trauma strikes a community?

Rev. Matt Crebbin is a pastor in Newtown Connecticut.  December 14, 2012 started out like any other day – but ended like no other day.  In fact, its a day that changes every other day for Matt, his congregation, his community and the world.

After the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School where 28 people lost their lives, faith leaders arrived as first responders – for the subsequent years they have walked with grieving families in the journey after death, through the valley of the shadows described the Psalmist in Psalm 23.

But Matt, and the other members of the clergy in Newtown, are wounded too. So, who helps the healers? That question provoked conversations which have become a new media resource at You can access videos where Matt and others discuss self care, the impact on the families of faith leaders, re-traumatization, confronting depression, the immediate and long-term effects of trauma on faith leaders, and more. There are also discussion guides and other resources for you to use in your congregation and community.

Here’s Carmen’s conversation with Matt followed by a conversation with Nick Pitts about a few of today’s headlines.



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