HARC Meeting: Understanding ACEs and Building Self-Healing Communities

Event Date: March 13, 2018 at 12:30 pm Event Location: Church of the Holy Trinity, 17805 Oak Ridge Dr, Hagerstown

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What if we could reduce drug use, child abuse, diabetes, heart attacks, suicide, and a number of other major health problems in the people of our community all at once? What if the faith community could play a big role in that reduction simply by doing what our faith calls us to do?

The “ACE” study is landmark research that shows many major health issues are largely attributable to adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, and that “toxic stress” has neurological and biological effects on people throughout their lifetimes. Knowing how and why this happens, how to deal with it, and how to prevent it has a proven track record of reducing poor health outcomes in communities like ours.

HARC has been given a great opportunity to bring this important information to the faith community in Washington County so we can be a part of the solution in our own community.  In November Kathy Powderly was part of the first cohort in Maryland trained in ACE Interface and “Building Self-Healing Communities.” She’s excited to offer the training to member congregations.

Learn more at a presentation to be given at the March HARC meeting by Kathy and Steve Youngblood of the Department of Social Services.  Kathy and Steve will give an overview of the training available to congregations and organizations in our community.

Lunch will be provided with a free-will offering basket.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Friday, March 9.  RSVP online or by email to jackcastle48@gmail.com so we can get a head-count on food (if replying by email, please let us know of any dietary preferences/concerns).  Please know that you are welcome to come even if you forget to RSVP, but the notice does help with food estimates and seating arrangements.


HARC meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month except July and August.  The meeting usually rotates to different houses of faith, giving each an opportunity to host.  Meeting time is at 12:30 p.m. for lunch with occasional evening meetings for special programs.

Clergy and/or lay representatives of any Washington County house of worship or faith-based organization are welcome to attend general HARC meetings and participate in our programs.  Only supporting members are eligible to vote.




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