Webinar - Interruptions: Disrupting the Silence | Hartford Seminary

Webinar – Interruptions: Disrupting the Silence

Join us for a cross-generational dialogue to re-think language, tradition, faith practices, and how to offer support to families living through trauma.

We will engage the voices from the faith community about the unique impact that gun violence, trauma and grief have on on African American families and communities of color.

Interruptions is a true story where a mother, the Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper, shares how she emerges resilient through her struggle to overcome family traditions, cultural and societal stigmas, as well as racial and economic disparities about mental health. She discovers a way to reinvent herself through her faith and network of support.

The Rev. Montgomery Cooper’s life was interrupted when her son became another victim of gun violence when he was murdered by mistaken identity. This interruption caused a turbulent journey that ignited a domino-effect of PTSD, depression and grief. She was unaware of the symptoms, therefore suffering from loss of employment, detachment from relationships, addiction, and suicidal ideation because the grief was so heavy to carry. The trauma also affected the rest of her household.

We’ll hear from the Rev. Montgomery Cooper plus a panel of experts, moderated by Bishop Benjamin Watts, Faculty Associate in Religion and Community Life and Director of the Black Ministries Program.


• Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper

• Rev. Dr. Alvan N. Johnson, Jr.

• Rev. Jean Amos Lys

• Rev. Brenda Lammie

• Rev. Dionne P. Boissiere

• Rev. Porsha Williams Gates

Moderator: Bishop Benjamin Watts

A Zoom link will be sent to registrants in the days leading up to the webinar, as well as a reminder on that day.

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