This week, as a part of our worship, we hosted a suicide prevention training... we realize that this isn't a fun topic to talk about... but it's an important one, especially for young adults. Christy Ridings, Belmont's Director of Spiritual Formation, trained us in QPR, which stands for... Question, Persuade, and Refer. It's not unlike CPR, and we talked about how in a situation where CPR would be needed, we wouldn't hesitate, and so we shouldn't hesitate in (or attach stigma to) a situation where QPR may be needed. We have some truly handy brochures, if you missed it, or you can learn more about QPR here: https://qprinstitute.com/
Another day that some of us may have missed in the flurry of the semester is All Saints Day. All Saints Day or All Saints Sunday is when we celebrate those who have joined what the Presbyterian Church often calls "the church triumphant". It's a time to remember those we have lost and to celebrate their lives. A few of us were able to celebrate at Second Presbyterian Church, and we're so grateful for their continued support of UKirk, and their unending hospitality. It wasn't lost on us that all of this happened to occur just a few days before the mid-term elections. UKirk is here to discuss and help and pray with you, if you need it, as you prepare to vote. We can think of few better ways to honor those saints who have gone before us! Peace.