First Congregational Church of Westfield will host a forum for community activists and advocates on Sunday, March 26, from 2 to 4:30 pm at 125 Elmer Street in Westfield. The event is free and open to the public but prior registration is required.

“Preserving Sanity, Safety and Soul in Turbulent Times: Psychological, Legal and Spiritual Considerations for Activists and Advocates” is an interactive seminar on coping during times of social anxiety and political unrest. 

Led by a prominent local attorney, therapist and clergy member, the program will explore the impact and implications of community activism in the post-election environment.  Specific presentations include:

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“Right Intention, Right Speech, Right Action: Moral and Spiritual Considerations” by Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, Senior Minister, First Congregational Church of Westfield;

“Managing Stress and Avoiding Burnout in an Era of Anxiety and Activism,” by Peggy A. Rothbaum, PhD, psychologist, writer and community activist; and

“Civil or Uncivil Disobedience: What’s the Difference and Does it Matter?” by Thomas C. Jardim, former Westfield mayor and attorney with Jardim, Meisner, Susser in Florham Park.

Participants are encouraged to ask questions during the program’s interactive format.  For additional information or to register, please contact the organizers via email at 0317fccadvocacy@gmail.com.