Community Chaplaincy Meeting

LTC Melvin Russell called a meeting for the chaplains and candidatees on Tuesday 11 August 2015 at the Community Room at Mondawmin Mall.  He informed us that we are the Community Collaboration Division. He stressed that we are not chaplains for the Police Department, but for the City of Baltimore.


He asked the current chaplains to say something about the movement.  In our first class we had 12 denominations represented.  We also have Jews and Muslims.  [We don't have any Catholics nor liturgical Anglicans].   

He also talked about police officers being traumatized and how many times they have to go from one trauma incident to another trauma incident.  He also commented that only 60,000 out of 620,000 Baltimore residents are connected to a faith community.  The colonel also stressed how he wants us to have relationship equity.  Some of us have it where we live, others where we worship, and still others where we work.  We will be riding along with police officers and doing our ministry where we have relationship equity.  People need to know who we are and we need to know the people in our areas.

At the end of the meeting LTC Melvin Russell and Detective Quinese Green handed out the First Responder Bibles to current chaplains.  We are supposed to distribute these to the officers who need one.

 

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