Shifting the Dialogue: Toward a Common Goal of LGBT Suicide Prevention
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Bishop Cunningham has declared 2018 "The Year of the Family" in the Syracuse Diocese. In his Pastoral Letter announcing this, he explains that "We all have a basic need to love and to be loved. When this need is not fulfilled in the family and through our Church, then our young people turn elsewhere: drugs, alcohol... and even suicide." This workshop is designed to reach out "in new and different ways that will result in a growing feeling of being at home in the Church." Where LGBT issues are a hot button topic in the Church, suicide prevention is fully noncontroversial. As a pro-life community, invested in a consistent life ethic, suicide prevention is a common goal and issue to which the Church is wholly committed. It is a starting point for dialogue and action with the LGBT community, which allies the two communities together in common cause. This workshop is designed to begin to address the challenge of LGBT suicide prevention and shift pastoral focus to this realizable goal. Presenter is Kevin Elphick, a member of Assumption Parish, who has worked in the field of suicide prevention since 1992. He holds a Doctorate in Ministry and has completed post graduate studies in Trauma Counseling and has taught at St. Bernard's Institute, is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has lectured in the U.S. and Europe.