Healing in the Wake of Natural Disasters: A Film and Discussion

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

“Devastation doesn’t last, but determination does.” Melodee Colbert Kean, Joplin Missouri

The challenges of facing a hometown disaster – hurricane, flood, tornado, or earthquake – only begin when the storm passes, or the waters subside. It is in the aftermath that the heart and spirit of a community are discovered and reinforced. The tornado that tore through Joplin, Missouri in May 2011 destroyed thousands of homes and cost 161 lives. True to their Midwest values, the people of Joplin recovered and rebuilt, leaving a legacy of public spiritedness where once there was only destruction and debris. Using a short film as catalyst, this discussion will focus on community leadership, shared commitments among neighbors, and the power of open places and sacred spaces.

Introduced by:
Past President Melodee Colbert Kean, Councilmember, Joplin, Missouri


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