May 15, 2020 at 2:46 pm EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Comings & Goings
Earl E. Johnson, gay news, Washington Blade
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Rev. Earl E. Johnson

Congratulations to the Rev. Earl E. Johnson on the publication of his new book, “Finding Comfort during Hard Times: A Guide to Healing after Disease, Violence and other Community Trauma.”

Johnson is a Disaster Spiritual Care Manager and chaplain. For 10 years he was the national spiritual care manager for the American Red Cross. He recruited, screened, trained, and deployed highly credentialed healthcare chaplains to mass fatality events. Johnson was also part of a team that assessed and planned emotional and spiritual support for the victims and loved ones of such horrific unanticipated events. He coordinated professional spiritual care support after fatal domestic aviation incidents, massive Gulf hurricanes including Katrina, Rita, and Gus, the Virginia Tech shootings, and Orlando. He has made numerous TV appearances and lectured at universities including Michigan State, Michigan, and Radford/Virginia Tech at disaster preparedness conferences.

Johnson is an ordained Disciples minister, Yale Divinity graduate, and Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. He served Disciples and UCC parishes in Missouri and New York before his chaplaincy training at Memorial Sloan Kettering/New York Presbyterian (Cornell), and New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. He was the Protestant Staff Chaplain at Cabrini Medical Center when he moved from lower Manhattan to Arlington, Va., in 2001 to work as a chaplain educator at Washington Hospital Center. For 10 years he was an adjunct instructor at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY).

His book has received rave reviews including one from Tom Viola, executive director, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS who said, “‘Finding Comfort during Hard Times’ is an encyclopedic handbook on how to give care and offer comfort. An incredibly wise, gentle and thoughtful road map on how to survive the trauma, both anticipated and unexpected, of the deep emotional challenges of loss we face as individuals, a family or community so that we, in turn, can provide assistance, solace and hope either as a professional or volunteer. Oscar Wilde wrote, ‘The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.’ Earl Johnson successfully and gracefully provides us with both.”

Congratulations also to Samuel Brinton the Trevor Project’s new vice president of Advocacy and Government Affairs. Brinton said, “In a time when The Trevor Project is needed more than ever and serving more LGBTQ youth than ever before, it’s exciting to be able to fight for LGBTQ youth in Congress, the courtroom, and in state capitals across the country. I am grateful to be named vice president and ready for the next great advocacy adventure.” They has worked for The Trevor Project since 2017 as head of Advocacy and Government Affairs.

Prior to that, Brinton created a consulting firm specializing in government affairs contracts on advanced nuclear legislative proposal drafting, nuclear waste disposal regulatory research, and stakeholder communication engagement. They was a senior policy analyst for the Bipartisan Policy Center; and managed a million dollar think tank research project on the subject of nuclear waste with responsibilities for coordination of experts as well as press, policy research and Congress advising Third Way as a Clean Energy Fellow.

Samuel Brinton
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