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What is Moral Injury?

What is Moral Injury?

This week on the blog, Matt explores the long-term effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health, specifically moral injury. But what is moral injury and how can we ensure that we support one another through it?
Part of supporting each other well involves recognising that beyond the physical and material losses (and as a consequence of these losses), COVID-19 has taken its toll on mental health too. Indeed, there is growing concern about what the long-term mental health effects of this pandemic may be.

One cause of this is what is increasingly being called moral injury...
The current crisis has provided an excellent opportunity for faith groups and local authorities to work together to tackle the problems and issues raised by our nationwide lockdown at a local level. As we emerge from lockdown, and we take stock of the lessons we can learn from these opportunities, there is a chance to look at the relationship between both faith groups themselves, and between faith groups and local authorities, to help us build more resilient, more connected communities.

Join us as we talk about how faith groups and local authorities have been working together in your region. Have you been working with other faith groups or your local authority during this time? What do you want this relationship to look like going forward? Have you faced any challenges or issues that you think others should know about? Or do you feel you’ve been ignored by others and want to know how to become more involved?
Book now: North West, 17th September, 5:30pm
Book now: London, 21st September, 3:30pm
Keep an eye on the Get Involved page on our website as we'll be announcing dates for roundtables covering the other regions of the country soon!
FaithAction Coffee House: Faith Fixes

Join us for the next instalment of the FaithAction Coffee House - a chance for you to share stories, ideas, and challenges, and to learn from each other.

You’re likely facing many of the same challenges; why not see if anyone else has a solution!

Next week’s theme will be:

Funerals

Equipping places of worship to serve their communities.

We are focusing the next few Coffee House sessions on equipping places of worship to serve their communities on a number of faith practices that have been affected by COVID-19. This forms part of our Faith COVID Response project.

This session will look at funerals.

With the help of our panellists, we will discuss best practice on how faiths are holding funerals within the current government guidelines.  Join the discussion to share your questions and experience on how to conduct funerals well at this time.

Panellists include:

  • Ashwin Soni, Crawley Inter Faith Network
  • Mariano Marcigaglia, member of the Buddhist Society, and volunteer chaplain
  • Rabbi Warren Elf MBE, Faith Network for Manchester
  • More to be confirmed

So join us on Wednesday 23rd September at 11am by registering on Eventbrite below!

Register via Eventbrite

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