Free Film and Discussion: Resilience

Sep, 22, 2019


A free showing of the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope will be on Sunday, September 22, 5-7 p.m. in Wood Fellowship Hall. A light dinner will be provided.

“This documentary is creating conversations around the country and we’re excited to show it here at First Presbyterian, for members and visitors,” said Garrell Keesler, Director of Adult Formation.

Heather Herring, Child and Family Partnership Coordinator, added, “Adversity impacts us all, whether through trauma, tragedy, threats or significant stress. Stress and trauma have been proven to have a physical impact on the body. The good news is that the impact is not permanent—resilience is the ability to overcome these challenges. And science shows that we build can resilience and reverse the impact of trauma through connections with one another, compassion and unconditional love.”

Come see how science and spirit intersect in a powerful message of hope and healing in this documentary. Small group discussions will follow the film.

Register here for dinner and childcare.

Evening Schedule

5-6:20 p.m. Dinner and Resilience movie

6:20-7 p.m. Exploratory Sessions with an expert

  • Outreach and Advocacy: Counselor Justin Perry will explain how a trauma-informed approach impacts our work as we serve our neighbors.
  • Understanding Stress: Parish Nurse Sherry Olson with guide discussion on identifying stressors and developing healthy responses.
  • Mindfulness and Meditation: Lindsey Bridges, MD and Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher, will introduce and lead a short meditation practice to illustrate the link between healthy stress management and physical well-being.
  • Movement as a Stress Buster