The Body, Mind, Spirit Connection:
Treatments for Post Traumatic Stress and Moral Injury
The Bay Center will present An Evening With...The Rev. Dr. Tom Davis
Thursday, November 7, 2019, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Lancaster Public Library
Around 20 U.S. military veterans each day commit suicide. Rev. Tom Davis, a Vietnam combat veteran, retired pastor and family systems therapist, will explain how post traumatic stress and moral injury sometimes adversely affect veterans' resilience. He will also share some non-clinical means for helping veterans transition successfully to civilian life. Suicide rates are rising among other populations too, owing to the increase of stressors in modern life. What you learn from this presentation will have relevance beyond a concern for veterans.
Thomas C. Davis, III holds a Ph.D. in religious studies from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an honorably retired pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA. Tom served as a campus pastor, church pastor, children’s hospital and prison chaplain, marriage and family counselor, and seminary professor in the fields of ethics and pastoral care. After retiring he taught himself website design, photography, and film making. He writes and shares his nature and street photos at CamerasEtcetera.com.
Tom is a Commissioned Interfaith Peacemaker of New Castle Presbytery and moderates an online group called “Many Candles One Light”. He is a member of the state of Delaware’s interfaith advisory council and a steering committee member of Trauma Matters Delaware, which assists the state to develop policies and best practices for trauma informed care.
In 1970 Tom was a military adviser to the South Vietnamese navy, patrolling rivers and canals of the Mekong Delta in wooden junks. In 2015 he founded the Interfaith Veterans’ Workgroup (see http://ivw.website) to prevent veteran suicides in Delaware. Research into the reasons for rising veteran suicides led him to a greater understanding of the connection between body, mind, and spirit, which will be the subject of his presentation.
Please mark your calendars now for November 7th, 6:30 - 8:30. Following the presentation there will be time for discussion and a light wine and cheese reception.