• “How We Heal: Listening for the Good” Event

Published on February 14, 2018

“How We Heal: Listening for the Good” Event

“How We Heal: Listening for the Good” Event

Cottage Health and Old Mission Santa Barbara Will Host “How We Heal: Listening for the Good” Event on Saturday, February 24, 2018

In the aftermath of the disastrous Thomas Fire and debris flow, the Central Coast has experienced deep and lasting impacts on many levels.

To promote healing and to provide support, Cottage Health and Old Mission Santa Barbara are hosting “How We Heal: Listening for the Good,” in Junipero Serra Hall at the Old Mission. The free event will offer guidance and resources for healing after the disasters, and will provide the community an opportunity to give feedback on any areas of need.

How We Heal: Junipero Serra Hall, 2200 Garden St. at E. Los Olivos

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

  • Continental breakfast

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

  • Welcome from Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM and Ron Werft, President & CEO, Cottage Health

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

  • Community Panel moderated by Bill Macfadyen, Noozhawk Publisher
  • Hannah-Beth Jackson, Senator, CA State Senate
  • Kelly Moore, Commander, SB County Sheriff’s Office
  • Paul Erickson, MD, Medical Director, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, Cottage Health
  • Eder Gaona-Macedo, Executive Director, Future Leaders of America

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

  • Break/refreshments

10:45 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

  • Faith-based Panel moderated by Rev. Pam Washburn, Director of Spiritual Care Services, Cottage Health
  • Rev. Dr. Katherine Wiebe, Executive Director, Institute for Congregational Trauma & Growth
  • Fr. Lawrence Seyer, Pastor, Our Lady of Mount Carmel
  • Keli Vaughan, Resident Teacher, Mahakankala Buddhist Center
  • Afaf Turjoman, Islamic Society of Santa Barbara
  • Messages from: Vrajaprana Pravajika, Nun, Vedanta Society of Southern CA, and Stephen Cohen, Senior Rabbi, Congreagtion B’nai B’rith

11:55 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Closing Messages
  • Ron Werft, President and CEO, Cottage Health

12:00 p.m.

  • Healthy refreshments, opportunity to share stories in sound booth, resource materials available

There will be a sound booth at the event for attendees to share and record their stories to promote reflection and healing. The recordings will be gathered to form a collection of personal histories about what occurred in our community.


Reservations are recommended, as Junipero Serra Hall has seating for only 300 people.

Registration -

Free parking is available on Garden Street or the Old Mission Santa Barbara lot at 2201 Laguna St.

Questions for the Panelists?

Do you have questions you would like our panelists to address? Please email them to

About Old Mission Santa Barbara -

Established in 1786, Old Mission Santa Barbara is the tenth of twenty-one California Missions founded by the Spanish Franciscans. Now a non-profit National Historic Landmark, the Mission is home to a community of Franciscan Friars, and St. Barbara Parish. Old Mission Santa Barbara bears witness to the Franciscan missionary spirit through service to God and God’s people; as stewards of the Franciscan heritage in the West, it welcomes all and strives to build a future based on reconciliation and justice which honors creation and all people.

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