A Safe Place : Healing Deep Hurts Retreat

First Presbyterian Church

A Safe Place : Healing Deep Hurts Retreat

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We all have a sense of what’s right and wrong, it’s part of being human. Getting hurt is also part of being human. When that hurt strikes at the core of who we are or what we believe, it creates an injury that is hard to heal.

There’s a name for that: Moral Injury

Everyone experiences moral injury to one degree or another during the course of their life, but most never had a name for that pain or discomfort. This retreat gives you an opportunity name what you have experienced, to understand what it is, and to begin the process of healing in a safe place.

A Safe Place:

Each one of us carries unique hurts and experiences, and sharing them requires courage and risk. We will take time to create a safe place, to agree on confidentiality, and to agree to honor and believe each other’s stories.

We know that the church has been a source of hurt and injury for many people, especially members of the LGBTQIA+ community. As much as we can, we apologize. We will do better. We also know that holding this retreat in a church building, led by a pastor (even a queer pastor), may be challenging for some due to past experiences or simply because faith and religion is not something you identify with. This retreat is NOT a faith-based retreat, it is a retreat for people wanting a place to share their stories and find some healing.  Your story will be received and believed here.


This retreat is led by Sue Coller, who has been a peer facilitator for moral injury groups with the Shay Moral Injury Center for the past three years. Sue is also the lead pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Sharing, Understanding, and Community:

You will have an opportunity to share your experience in a judgment-free zone. Share as much or as little as you wish. Find the language to talk about what you have experienced, and to understand the emotions that are a part of your unique experience of moral injury. Each of our experiences of moral injury is different and unique, yet healing begins in community with those who will receive your story with gratitude and grace. 


The retreat will be in the Great Hall at First Presbyterian Church. Park in our G Street Parking Lot (Entrance is off of G St. between 17th & 18th Streets). Enter through our Main Office door (on 17th St nearest the bus stop.) Great Hall is at the end of the hallway in front of you.

Sign up to join us for our retreat on Saturday, July 13, 2024, 9-12 pm.

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Date And Time

07/13/2024 @ 09:00 AM

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