Community Conversations
Sunday, September 3 from 5:00-6:30PM

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Broadmoor United Methodist Church will hold its second “Community Conversations: A Safe Place for Dialogue” on Sunday, September 3 from 5:00 - 6:30pm in the Casual Worship Center. This “Community Conversations” event, titled Conversation on Suicide Prevention, will tackle the taboo subject of suicide with the hope of equipping attendees with effective tools to love and support people who may be contemplating suicide.

Conversation on Suicide Prevention will begin with a panel discussion led by Patty Rives (MSW, LCSW) who is an international trainer with LivingWorks Education, located in Calgary, Canada. Mrs. Rives is also a Senior Training Coach and Team Leader for ASIST, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. Dr. Frank Campbell (LCSW, C.T.) and Rev. Ken Carroll will round out the panel. Dr. Campbell is the former Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. He is currently Senior Consultant for Campbell and Associates Consulting where he consults with communities on Active Postvention efforts and Forensic Suicidology cases. Associate Pastor Rev. Carroll (Th.M., LCSW) leads BUMC’s Congregational Care Ministry and trained at Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center. There will be a Q&A session for all attendees after the panel discussion.

Senior Pastor Rev. Donnie Wilkinson will also share a sermon on Christianity and suicide titled “13 Reasons Why We Need to Talk About Suicide” at 9:00am and 10:30am on Sunday, September 3. Discussing the importance of this topic and the Conversation on Suicide Prevention event, Rev. Wilkinson states, “Broadmoor United Methodist Church is committed to helping our community cultivate its capacity for challenging conversations. Given the fact that our nation’s suicide rate has surged to a 30 year high, we need to talk openly and honestly about what is now the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.” Rev. Wilkinson continued, “The church is the perfect place to not only discover the facts about suicide, but to also offer a word of hope and grace to those who are struggling with suicidal thoughts and may not know where to go for help. We will share with people warning signs to look for and what to do if they are concerned a friend or loved one may be at risk of harming themselves. We will also offer a word of consolation and hope to everyone who has lost someone special to suicide.”

Community Conversations: A Safe Place for Dialogue is an opportunity for local people of various races, religions, and backgrounds to come together to explore and discuss topics that affect their lives in Baton Rouge.

This event is free and open to the public. Click HERE to register, or call the church office at (225) 924-6269.

Last Published: August 10, 2017 6:27 PM