In today’s episode, Christine speaks with Philip C. Schifflin and Christine Brunson from the Seamen’s Church Institute about what they do and resilience. They discuss how they help during devastating times and when mariners need support. They highlight that resilience is BENDING not BRAKING and how to build resilience. They explore how to find the coping mechanisms for yourself and realize it’s ok to reach out when you need help. This is another great podcast that everyone can benefit from.

A little more about Phil and Christine:

Phil joined the Seamen’s Church Institute as Director of Mariner Advocacy in November 2020, following a 30-year career in the United States Coast Guard. His career included serving as Staff Judge Advocate (senior legal counsel) for Coast Guard District 8 and, prior to that, Captain of the Port of New Orleans, as well as a member of the United States delegation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Phil is a graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, the College of William & Mary Law School, and the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. He currently serves on delegations to various committees of the IMO and as head of the International Christian Maritime Organization’s delegation to the International Labor Organization.  Phil can be reached at the Center for Mariner Advocacy at

Christine Brunson comes to SCI from St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Cypress, Texas. A native Texan, she earned her BA and MS degrees from Baylor University and her MDiv degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. Christine shared with others before that despite having done years of work with military personnel and first responders, the maritime world felt unfamiliar to
her before stepping into the SCI Chaplain role.  Her goal is to tell as many people as she can about this organization. She shares that mariners are just as much a part of this country’s past as they are its future. Christine feels that not only do we need them, but we also need to care for them. She is grateful to be on the SCI care team.

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