Interruptions-Disrupting the Silence

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It has been a Christian tradition to pray more when dealing with a traumatic life interruption. Our guest Pastors have heard you and are saying Pray and........But is your church listening to you?

Show Notes

For many persons of faith it has been our cultural to turn to God and pray to ask for relief, direction, and/or healing when we experience a traumatic life event. We have exercised the same practices when we or a family member displays unrecognizable or misunderstood behaviors. For generations, rather than seek professional guidance, we excuse these behaviors and attempt to deal with them in our own households and communities. The remedy is often directed toward prayer, or even worse, not addressed at all. We know mental health can be difficult to recognize and deal with, but as a result of COVID 19, exposing racism in the healthcare for communities of color, Mental Health can no longer be swept under the rug.

The Black church has had their virtual doors open, but soon the opening of their physical doors are to follow. The members of the
returning congregation may look the same on the outside, but internally, it has changed many of them. Are these Pastors ready for
the host of mental health issues that has been plaguing their membership and how are Pastors going to address this new pandemic?

What is Interruptions-Disrupting the Silence?

Interruptions is a podcast hosted by Rev. Odell M. Cooper and Cathy Patton, two parents whose lives were Interrupted - one by gun violence and the other by autism. The hosts use their voices to Disrupt the Silence caused by inherited faith and family traditions, cultural and societal stigmas, and fear. Each episode openly addresses racial and economic disparities and the impact on mental health in communities of Black and Brown people. Their guests share personal stories about how their lives have been traumatically Interrupted and portions of their own survival narrative.

Join us to hear the stories of how to reinvent yourself in the midst of your Interruptions.

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Hosts 1: Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper
Rev. Odell Montgomery Cooper MA, is currently a playwright, soon be an author “Interruptions, Disrupting the Silence”
which is her personal story of trauma, faith and resilience as she responds to her Interruptions and the awakening.
Also serving as an Associate Minister at Mt. Aery Baptist Church in Bridgeport, CT. An advocate for social Justice
and issues that impacts communities of color. Rev. O is committed to share her personal journey of Suburban Urban
mother having her life abruptly interrupted. Which led to a domino effect in her life. B
y ignoring and not recognizing trauma, she suffered from PTSD, loss of employment, detachment from relationships
and suicidal ideation. As a minister, Odell struggled with coping with her faith and God’s decision. Rev. O suffered a
Brain aneurysm on the birth date of her son who became another innocent casualty to gun violence.
She shares her trauma, will to live and becoming resilient. Odell struggled to overcome family traditions, cultural and
societal stigmas about mental health and discovered a way reinvent herself during her trauma. Rev. Cooper a
Bostonian, completed her undergraduate degree at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Her path toward ministry began while attending Hartford Seminary's Black Ministries Program (BMP).
Where she also earned her master’s degree. She currently serves as the President of the Hartford Seminary's Black Ministries Program Alumni Association (BMPAA). Professionally, she has a successful career in being innovative in developing others to achieve successful employment and leadership development in various sectors and faith-based sectors. She serves on the executive leadership team for Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut (CONECT). Board Chair for Connecticut Violence Intervention Program (CTVIP) and member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., New Haven Alumnae Chapter. She is the mother of two children, Jackie and John (deceased), and loving grandmother.

Host 2: Cathy Patton
Cathy Robinson-Patton a native of Bridgeport, CT. An active member in her childhood church Mount Aery Baptist Church serving as the Administrative Chair for the MAAFA Production. Cathy earned a BA and Masters in the field of Social Work, from the University of Connecticut. Afterwards she secured a career with The Department of
Social Services. Being rewarded for skills and talents and commitment to the profession she was promoted to various positions retiring as the Deputy Director of Field Operations. Her responsibilities included children, adults, and the disabled population. Cathy has served as the past President of the Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. member of the Order of Eastern Star, Eureka Chapter #2 and host of other community organizations. Currently she is working in Social and Human services with students at Western University
as an Adjunct Professor. She is also with The Connecticut Center for School Change as a Parent Liaison for their Parents Supporting Educational Excellence (Parent SEE) program, that assist parents to become leaders within their school districts to so that all children receive quality education and achieve at high levels.
Being a parent of a child with Autism, she has spent many years as an advocate for all parents to ensure this population receives equal opportunities. She was also a past member of the Hamden Board of Education and Diversity Advisory Board. Her favorite and most active role is that of being a wife of 33 years to her college sweetheart,
Garland Patton and the proud mother of two, Garland Jr. and Teal, her daughter in-law Jazmine and her 3 grand dogs.