Social Distancing, Not Social Isolation: A Family Systems Perspective

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
10:00 am11:30 am
Online.

Presented by Rev. Richard Blackburn
Director Emeritus and Senior Consultant
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center
Presented via Zoom ~ Attend on your computer, iPad, or smartphone device

The COVID-19 pandemic is spreading anxiety throughout the world. Social distancing has been the prescribed method for "flattening the curve," so as not to overwhelm the health care system. However, for some, social distancing has resulted in feelings of isolation. Such "radical aloneness" can have a debilitating impact on some people, with both psychological and physiological implications.

In the midst of such anxiety and potentially debilitating consequences for some people, there is also an opportunity for church leaders to reach out to people in a spirit of care and compassion.

The webinar will place the current challenge of social distancing within the context of Bowen family systems theory.

Participants will be introduced to the research on loneliness pioneered by John Cacioppo as a lens for further understanding the current challenge.

Participants will be invited to reflect on how this time of social distancing can be utilized to facilitate life-giving connections with others.

Input will also be provided on the unique role that the church can play to help overcome the potential loneliness of social distancing.

Registration Information:

Fee – $30 ($40 after May 12 for the May 14 webinar,
$40 after May 25 for the May 27 webinar)

To register online for either webinar — May 14 or May 27 — please click here.

Upon registration, a link and further information will then be sent to you for accessing the webinar.

Please note: Brown Paper Tickets will charge a small convenience fee.

Cancellations will incur a $10.00 fee, if cancelled prior to May 13 (May 14 webinar) or prior to May 26 (May 27 webinar); after those dates, there will be no refunds for cancellations.

"Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
Matthew 28:20