Event to focus on coping with tragedy

WEIRTON – Communities across the nation face a variety of difficulties, whether it be fires, flooding or more tragic events.

A group of ministers is reaching out and holding a discussion to share with local residents how some of those communities have made it through those tragedies and started the healing process.

The discussion will begin at 9 a.m. March 6 with a clergy forum at Weirton Medical Center.

“During the day, we’ll have a clergy forum at the hospital,” the Rev. Tom Derby, minister of Colliers Way Church of Christ, explained.

A special presentation then will be held at the Colliers Way Church of Christ at 7 p.m. the same day.

Guests will include the Rev. Doug Vile, minister of Danbury Church of Christ in Danbury, Conn. Vile will focus on the shootings in Newtown, Conn. in December.

“One of his members was teaching in the school that day,” Derby said.

Vile will discuss his personal involvement in the aftermath of the school shooting, focusing on his experiences, what he and others learned and how people can change and rebuild their lives following such a tragedy.

Also in attendance will be the Rev. Ton Foglio, a retired minister of Sonrise Church in Santee, Calif.

Foglio will describe his involvement in shootings, fires and other tragedies in California and discuss how people can be prepared to respond to the needs of those experiencing such tragedies, and the creation of a disaster preparedness plan.

Each presentation is scheduled for between 30 and 45 minutes, and refreshments will be available afterward.

There is no charge, and the event will be open to the public.

For more information about the events, contact the Colliers Way Church of Christ at (304) 723-5220.