American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

COVID-19: Addressing Needs and Teaching Resilience


American Baptist Women’s Ministries (ABWM) recognizes that COVID-19 is a human, economic, and social crisis that impacts groups in the most vulnerable situations. The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres emphasized during the launch of the COVID-19 Global Humanitarian Response that “we must come to the aid of the ultra-vulnerable. This is a matter of basic human solidarity. This is the moment to step up for the vulnerable.”

From the onset of this global health crisis, ABWM has stepped up by offering its Courageous Conversation webinar series that provided free financial, spiritual, and leadership resources. Also, ABWM has provided a lifeline and opportunities to women and children as they rebuild their lives through Reset and Reimagine. The new webinar series, COVID-19: Addressing Needs and Teaching Resilience, is another way ABWM is stepping up to support COVID-19 relief efforts. ABWM has invited leading professionals to lead webinars focused on the senior woman experiences, leading in times of crisis, and the impact COVID-19 has had on youth and women battling addiction.

Presenters include Elaine Cody of Cody Clarity Coaching, Malissa Arnold of Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, leadership coach Linda Furness, Pamela Bridgeforth, Care Coordinator at Senior Connections, and Dr. Brenda Edwards of Edwards Counseling and Consulting, LLC. The series will begin Thursday, February 4, 2021, 9PMEST/6PMPST.

“Our COVID-19 webinar series is one of the ways we have sustained our connection to our communities and responded to the expressed concerns of women. We are grateful for shared wisdom and the insights of the diverse voices in our sisterhood which shaped this webinar series” said Rev. Dr. Gina Jacobs-Strain, executive director of ABWM. ABWM hopes that this webinar series will create ways to address our communities’ pressing needs. ABWM aims to empower its constituents with the knowledge that will build resilient communities.

Register for the first webinar, “Never Too Old to Change,” presented by Elaine Cody, Cody Clarity Coaching, at

2021 Winter Webinar Series
COVID 19: Addressing Needs and Teaching Resilience

Never Too Old to Change!
February 4, 2021 9PM
Presenter: Elaine Cody, Cody Clarity Coaching
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Reducing Tunnel Vision: Helping Seniors during COVID-19
February 18, 2021 9PM
Presenter: Pamela Bridgeforth, Senior Connections-The Captial Area Agency on Aging
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Leading (yourself and others) in times of crisis and change
March 4, 2021 9PM
Presenter: Linda Furness, Leadership Coach
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The Value of a Breath: Vaping and Our Youth- What it is, What it Does, and What Should Concern Us
March 18, 2021 9PM
Presenter: Malissa Arnold, Certified Prevention Specialist, Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction
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COVID-19's Impact on Women: An Emphasis on Addiction, Treatment, & Recovery
April 1, 2021 9PM

Presenters: Dr. Brenda Edwards, Edwards Counseling and Consulting, LLC
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