Edition: March 30, 2015
Pastoral Care’s New Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Sally Zimmerman
Meet the newest member of our staff, Sally Zimmerman, psychiatric nurse practitioner. For some time the Pastoral Care Commission has been concerned about providing good psychiatric care that would deliver a coordination of services between therapist and physician. These many conversations have resulted in the hiring of Sally Zimmerman. She is available to do psychiatric assessments, write prescriptions for psychotropic medication and follow up medication checks, and coach individuals regarding diet, wellness and self-care. You might also wish to consult with Sally about general health concerns.
The New Rules of Marriage: What You Need to Make Love Work
by Terrance Real
This is a great resource for the couples in your church or for your own relationship.
“Are You Getting What You Want?
“Are you happy with the relationship you’re in today? Or are you frustrated, knowing that no matter how hard you try, the open-heartedness that first drew you and your partner together seems awfully hard to win back? Perhaps you’re in a difficult relationship that needs substantial change, or perhaps you are in a good-enough relationship that could be made better. Maybe you’re looking for a new relationship that doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past. In any case, if you are reading these words, chances are you feel that something has been missing. It may be tempting to avoid acknowledging that feeling, but I’d like to ask you to trust your instinct. Twenty-five years of helping couples change and grow has taught me that if you feel things could be better, you’re probably right. A lot better, in fact.
“People may tell you that what you’re looking for is unrealistic. I don’t think so. Well-meaning friends and family may focus on your need to compromise. I don’t want you to. Your relationship is too important for compromise. Your work may be rewarding, your kids great, and your friends wonderful, but in the end, your bond with the person you live out your life with—the one you grow up and grow old with—is the single most important connection you will ever have. I want you to go after what it is that you want—with skill and with love—and get it.”
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality
by Ronald Rolheiser
"’Long before we do anything explicitly religious at all, we have to do something about the fire that burns within us,’ writes Ronald Rolheiser. ‘What we do with that fire, how we channel it, is our spirituality.’ From the opening chapter, where Rolheiser eloquently compares the burning spiritual fire of Mother Teresa, Janice Joplin, and Princess Diana, readers will be fully engaged in a unique and altogether fascinating discussion of Christian spirituality.”
Within this beautiful book Rolheiser’s chapter, “A Spirituality of the Paschal Mystery,” explores the daily deaths and losses of our lives. Using the whole of Christ passion, from Good Friday through Pentecost, he develops a structure of understanding our suffering and transformation.
1. Good Friday . . . “the loss of our life (at any particular time)”
2. Easter Sunday . . . “the reception of new life”
3. The Forty Days . . . “a time for readjustment to the new and for grieving the old”
4. Ascension . . . “letting go of the old and letting it bless you, the refusal to cling”
5. Pentecost . . . “the reception of new spirit for the new life that one is already living”
So the task for us in our lives is to:
Some common deaths we experience:
“Jesus walks with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. . . [They], the friends of Jesus, do not recognize him, even though he has been dead and absent for only a day and a half. Why can they not recognize him? Because they are too focused on his former reality. . . . Sadly, that is often true for us, both in terms of our understanding of God [ourselves] and of the church. By clinging to what once was we cannot recognize God’s presence within a new reality.”
Accepting the Mystery of Suffering
By Fr. Richard Rohr
“Mark likely wrote his gospel around 65 to 70 AD, much closer to the time of Jesus than the other evangelists. He gave us a picture of Jesus which was very close to the preaching of the apostles, but in a different context and with a very definite emphasis and intention. Mark began writing shortly after the great persecution in Rome (64 AD) in which both Peter and Paul had been martyred. They began to see where Jesus' message finally led people. Until then, the gentile converts in Rome had experienced largely the glory of Christ, it seems.
“The purpose of Mark's gospel was therefore to remind Christians, who acknowledged Jesus as the messiah, that Jesus walked a path of ‘suffering servanthood.’ We Christians say glibly that we are ‘saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus’ but seem to understand this as some kind of heavenly transaction on his part, instead of an earthly transformation on his and our part. We need to deeply trust and allow both our own dyings and our own certain resurrections, just as Jesus did! This is the full pattern of transformation. If we trust both, we are indestructible. That is how Jesus ‘saves’ us from meaninglessness, cynicism, hatred, and violence--which is indeed death.”
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Alliance: Christ UMC, 470 E. Broadway – Third Thursdays, 1:00 PM
Ashland: Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – Second Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
Cleveland: East Shore UMC, 23002 Lakeshore Blvd., Euclid – First Thursdays, 1:30 PM
Medina: Granger UMC, 1235 Granger Rd. – Third Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
New Philadelphia: First UMC, 201 W. High St. – Second Thursdays, 9:00 AM
(This group will not meet in April)
Sandusky: Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – Second Thursdays, 2:00 PM
(This group will not meet in April)
If you are interested in being part of one of these groups, it would be helpful if you let us know for planning purposes. For questions and to receive information about a particular group, please call our office 330-456-0486 or email us at email@example.com
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Experiencing God - Guided Meditation
Take a journey within, to your true self. By remembering who we really are, we can return to the eternal peace of the soul, then experience God, the Supreme Soul. Take a few minutes to enter into the heart of the most beautiful being in the universe - God.
Through the Flames: Determination
by Allan Lokos
“As we navigate the path of healing and recovery it becomes evident that there are two qualities that we will need in abundance if we are to alleviate our pain and suffering. These two virtuous attributes are patience and determination. Often it will require determination to remain patient and, likewise, it may require patience to remain determined.”
Through the Flames: Overcoming Disaster through Compassion, Patience, and Determination
by Allan Lokos
“In Through the Flames, Allan Lokos tells the terrifying story of being on board a plane on Christmas Day with his wife, Susanna, when it crashed and exploded in flames. Lokos was severely burned in the accident, and in the days and weeks following the crash, Susanna was told by the many doctors who examined Lokos that he would not survive.
As founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in New York City, Lokos had spent decades cultivating compassion and non-attachment. Since the plane crash, his Buddhist practice has been mightily tested. In this inspiring account of his against-all-odds recovery, Lokos uses his experience as a window through which to examine the challenge of human suffering in general and addresses the question of how we can thrive in the midst of pain and uncertainty.”
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