The Unitarian Universalist Trauma Response Ministry (UUTRM) does just that. Since 2002 UUTRM has responded to UU congregations and communities affected by natural disasters, mass tragedies like Sandy Hook, church shootings, the Boston marathon bombings, sudden deaths of religious professionals, murder-suicides and more.
Teams of specially trained clergy and lay people provide assessment, crisis intervention, organizational skills, and guidance grounded in Critical Incident Stress Management. The contributions of these responders range from coaching by telephone, filling pulpits, coordinating worship services, dealing with media, on site coordination, hospitality services, child care, transporting supplies, all extremely valuable in the wake of trauma causing event.
While the UUA does offset most of the cost for deployment of the UUTRM, there are also things that we deem essential to our continued operation that are not covered by UUA funds—a booth at GA, preparedness or post crisis materials, resources to publicize our ministry, our website and technology to make it possible for us to offer services and resources remotely.
Our 1-800 phone number allows us to be reached 365 days a year, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. In addition, there are costs related to creating and offering web-based and other training for the next generation of crisis responders.
We rely on the generosity of individuals like you and congregational donations to help us fulfill our mission. Please consider making a personal donation today by clicking the button on this page to donate securely online or contact our Treasurer for mailing instructions.
We also encourage congregations to schedule a Share the Plate offering for this important ministry.
You could request a congregational training event to assess and enhance your preparedness skills. Or consider joining us as a volunteer to serve on our board, help with specific organizational tasks. Any questions about our work can be addressed to
Thank you for your kind and generous consideration. ~ UUTRM Board