Faith in the Line of Duty
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
Brookhaven Hospital recently held a seminar as part of our quarterly Pastoral Seminar Series, “Faith in the Line of Duty.” The panel consisted of leaders from the community who serve in the front lines as legislators, chaplains, pastors and law enforcement officers. Panelist speakers included City Counselor Jeannie Cue, Reverend Sharyn Cosby of Southeast Tulsa Spirit Christian Church and Board Certified Clinical Chaplain with the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains. Also, we were honored to have on the panel, chaplains from Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department and Tulsa Police Department.
In attendance, we had representatives from the community, pastors representing their churches, community professional chaplains from Edmond, Stillwater, Muskogee and chaplains from mental health field.
Each panel participant shared their story of faith, their work in the community to help heal our community and move forward towards resolution in better communication between citizens and police officers.
One memorable moment was when one of the panelists, Dahran Goudeau, law enforcement chaplain for Tulsa Police Department (TPD), Pastor of Modern Faith Ministries Church without Walls and Head Chaplain at Parkside Hospital, shared the important need for TPD Chaplains not only to minister to the victims and their families, but also to the officers and their families, because trauma “affects us all.”
Rev. Cosby shared her experience as an African American, a woman and as a Senior Pastor, and the obstacles she has overcome. In light of her experience, she has made it her mission to educate the African American young people about the importance of respecting those in positions of authority, but also to advocate for their own needs.
Councilor Cue shared about her faith and as Chairperson of the City Council, how she works with all districts to empower pastors to get more involved in community restoration. She applauded Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Chief Chuck Jordan for their transparency and quickness of response to the recent tragic event of the death of Terence Crutcher by a Tulsa police officer.
As a community, pastors play a vital role in being part of the solution by engaging in community discussion, helping their community heal by having town hall prayer meetings and much more.
If you would like to learn more about the available resources provided in our RENEWAL program at Brookhaven Hospital and where your congregational members can begin their healing journey, call Lydia D’Ross at 918-438-4257. Also, give us a call if you are interested in joining our mailing list to find out about our upcoming Pastoral Seminars.