Our Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM) provides culturally sensitive spiritual care to survivors of mass disasters and other significant trauma.

Our ministries include, but are not limited to:

  • educating individuals, congregations and other groups on culturally and spiritually sensitive responses to trauma and mass disaster;
  • providing resources (including the deployment of trauma response teams) to asist congregations and communities in the wake of mass disaster and other significant trauma;
  • affiliating with local, national and international organizations that integrate spiritual care as a component of their disaster response efforts;
  • deploying trauma response teams in coordination with local disaster response efforts.

We take up this work in the spirit of our Unitarian Universalist faith, which calls us to respond in the spirit of respect and compassion for all people, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship status, or sexual orientation.

Who We Are:

UU Trauma Response Ministry is composed of Unitarian Universalist ministers, lay members of UU congregations and others who respect the vision and beliefs of Unitarian Universalism.  Trained in trauma response, these people desire to assist those involved in traumatic situations. This assistance may take the form of:

  • direct, on-site ministry at the trauma scene, whether national, or local;
  • crisis counseling for those who have experienced various levels of trauma;
  • hospitality and respite care for victims;
  • debriefing and other stress management skills;
  • administrative assistance, telephone answering, on-site greeters, office support;
  • pulpit supply for ministers engaged in trauma response.