Chaplaincy in the Age of COVID-19

Presented by Ken Milhander and Valeri Briggs
Jan. 25, 2021

Learn from SCCA's Hospital Chaplains

SCCA’s Treasurer Ken Milhander and his former co-worker Valeri Briggs serve with teams of hospital chaplains working on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Hear their personal experiences at two locations where they have spent the last ten months caring for personnel and COVID-19 patients.

Because of this, they witness the angst and suffering of patients, families, and staff who are losing five to seven people each day. As chaplains, they need to provide resilience and recovery.

Valeri and Ken work as members of the Palliative Care Team at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. This new specialty offers help for people living with a serious illness and integrates treatment to meet goals for the patient and the family’s body, mind, and spirit.


Each person has their own views on masks and social distancing and closing businesses. Ken and Valeri are living with the outcome of this virus, no matter how it’s being handled politically.

Their teaching will focus on their experience aiding staff and families and provide ways you can help repair similarly hurting people in your police and fire departments, religious groups, and communities.

Building the Beloved Community Through Cultural Humility

Presented by Dr. Gloria Morrow
Nov. 9, 2020

Create Connection

“Join your fellow chaplains to hold a courageous conversation to set up a healthy and nurturing environment where those we serve can feel supported, valued, respected, and understood.

Challenging and complicated, these dialogues bridge the racial divide in America by addressing racism’s pains and unrest rooted in a historical context. Connect, come together, and create actionable solutions that unite the chasm.

Find the catalyst for the long-term goal of promoting understanding, focusing on forgiveness, encouraging positive behavior modification activities, and influencing fair changes.”

Given the recent spotlight on racial injustice, discuss the impact of racism, bias, and oppression. People experience division because they are disconnected. In contrast, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., taught that The Beloved Community was achievable as an antidote against inequality throughout the world. 

Individuals worldwide could accomplish it if they became committed to the concept and willing to use nonviolence as a strategy for reaching the objective.  Understand the threats to his vision and discover strategies for becoming a steadfast ally and practicing self-compassion.


Crisis Communication:
Proven Techniques
Presented by Joe Smarro
August 24, 2020

HBO – Crisis Cops

“Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops follows San Antonio, Texas police officers Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro and their daily encounters with people in crisis. The film documents how their innovative approach to policing – which takes mental health into account – is having a dramatic effect on the way police respond to these challenges.”