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April 25, 2006

Interfaith Services April 27, 29 Offer Post-Storm Healing, Reflection

On Thursday, April 27 the Association of Campus Ministers will sponsor an evening of personal and group reflections on images and memories of the violent storms that swept across Iowa April 13, spawning several tornadoes, killing one person, injuring dozens others and causing significant damage in Iowa City.

"Two Weeks Later: An Evening Of Memory, Reflection, And Hope Following The Tornadoes That Devastated Iowa City" will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Old Brick Church on the corner of Clinton and Market streets (next to Daum Residence Hall). The event is open to the public.

Separately, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, Trinity Episcopal Church, at the corner of College and Gilbert streets, will offer an interfaith healing service for people affected by the Iowa City tornados. Following the service attendees will have an opportunity to take part in Healing Touch sessions, a form of complementary medicine that reduces tension and anxiety and supports the body's ability to heal. For more information about the Trinity service, call 319-337-3333.

At Thursday's service, campus ministers will lead a brief interfaith meditation expressing community sorrows, grief, hopes and thankfulness for the gifts of life and community. At various stations around the room, participants will be invited to reflect individually or collectively through art, writing, prayer, conversation, candle lighting and healing touch. 

The Rev. Michael Stadie from Lutheran Disaster Response will make a brief presentation on recognizing and responding to signs of emotional stress in ourselves and others. Campus ministers and UI counseling staff will be on hand for consultation.

Following the individual reflection time, there will be an open mic when participants can express themselves publicly through personal storytelling, poetry, prose, or music. 

Food and beverages will be provided, courtesy of local businesses. Free chair massages will be provided by La James.

Old Brick is handicapped accessible. Anyone needing special accommodations to attend this event should contact Lutheran Campus Ministry at 319-338-7868 or lcm-elca@uiowa.edu

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu