Join us for a series of community forums addressing important – but often unnamed – issues in our community. 

Sessions will be informative (helping reveal the scope of each issue) and practical (helping provide ways to respond).  While each presenter will share from a Christian perspective, these issues impact everyone and these sessions are open to – and will be helpful for – anyone, regardless of your background or faith perspective. 

Please join us as we have these necessary conversations together. 

Wednesday nights in October from 7-8pm. 

October 2 / Domestic Violence / Speaker: Jim and Lorraine Amstutz

Jim and Lorraine teach and provide workshops on Conflict Transformation, Restorative Justice, Trauma Healing, Abuse in the Church, and Difficult Conversations.  Lorraine worked for 30 years at Mennonite Central Committee with Restorative Justice initiatives; she is currently a Foster Care supervisor with COB Youth Services.  Jim has served for 35 years in pastoral and church-related ministries; he teaches Bible at Lancaster Mennonite High School.


October 9 / Racism / Speaker: Ertell Whigham

Ertell M Whigham is the founding pastor of Nueva Vida Norristown New Life, one of the nation’s first intercultural bilingual Anabaptist congregations.  In addition to his role at NVNNL, Ertell is a certified administrator, trainer, and consultant for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) assessment tool.  He previously served as the CEO/Executive Director for Franconia Mennonite Conference. 


October 16 / Mental Health / Speaker: James Mast

James Mast serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the Family Based Services and Mental Health Outpatient departments at Penn Foundation.  His clinical work focuses on helping individuals, couples, and families understand and cope with a variety of mental health issues.  Part of his work includes collaborating with community organizations on subjects related to mental health. 


October 23 / Substance Abuse / Speaker: Joel Jakubowski  

Joel Jakubowski is the Executive Director for Revelations of Freedom Ministries.  After 20 years of drug addiction, Joel entered long-term, faith-based treatment in 2003 as a client and graduated in May 2004. He is a certified minister, recovery specialist, intervention professional, and alcohol & drug counselor.  He is also the author of, “We Didn’t Raise Them This Way!” – a handbook to assist families in managing addictive behaviors. 


October 30 / Pornography / Speaker: John Freeman

John Freeman is the founder of Harvest USA, a Christ-centered organization that walks with individuals and families affected by sexual struggles.  He has a deep burden for seeing those who struggle with pornography and other sexual addictions and sins experience changed lives through Jesus Christ.  In addition to his role at Harvest USA, he has served an adjunct faculty in the graduate counseling department at Cairn University.