May 15, 2017
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Our Annual Conference Spiritual Formation Gathering and FREE lunch will be held again this year on Tuesday, June 13th after the morning session has concluded. We will meet in the Upper Room of the Pavilion at the dock. This will be a time of fellowship and an opportunity to quiet your mind and heart in the midst of the busyness of the week. A light lunch of finger foods will be provided at no cost. Please let us know if you plan to attend and direct questions at 330-456-0486, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com . Hope to see you at noon!
Spiritual Leadership for Leaving Well
by Carol Pinkham Oak
Leaving Well is a gift to the congregation and to the spiritual leader. Giving this gift both to the congregation and to myself, guided me as I navigated three years of intentional preparation for retirement. My departure has been one of the most satisfying seasons of my ministry.
Leaving a congregation well is an act of spiritual leadership. As the leader, I had the opportunity to shape the emotional, organizational, and spiritual process for the congregation. I could frame theologically the meaning of saying good-bye, the gratitude for ministry shared, and the promise of ministry for the future. By leaving well, I had the opportunity to create a bridge to the future for the congregation and for me.
Certainly, clergy had departed this congregation before. There was a history of hasty departures; some initiated by the clergy and some initiated by the congregation. The congregation had never experienced clergy departure as an intentional process. For over 60 years, they had never been guided through the experience that spiritual relationships change during the leaving process. In varying degrees of sadness to acceptance to confusion to anger, members had limited practice differentiating between emotional cut off and redefining the relationship.
What you can do to prevent Alzheimer's
by Lisa Genova
Alzheimer's doesn't have to be your brain's destiny, says neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease -- and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer's-resistant brain.
Walk This Way: Walking Meditation
by Barry Boyce
At some point today, you will most likely walk. You may even go for a walk.
It’s one of our greatest gifts, and when we manage early in life to use our legs to get around, it’s cause for celebration. Parents call their parents just to report on the event. The very fact that walking— or whatever form of ambulation you use to get around—is so central to our lives makes it a ready focus for mindful, meditative attention.
Audio: Resting in the Flow of Experience
by Ed Halliwell
20 Minute Guided Meditation
Watch for notice of other spiritual formation opportunities.
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 Batchlor-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joy Gordon – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth – email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Valerie Stultz - email@example.com
Carol Topping - firstname.lastname@example.org
Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself
by Anneli Rufus
“Self-loathing is a dark land studded with booby traps. Fumbling through its dark underbrush, we cannot see what our trouble actually is: that we are mistaken about ourselves. That we were told lies long ago that we, in love and loyalty and fear, believed. Will we believe ourselves to death?” — from Unworthy
As someone who has struggled with low self-esteem her entire life, Anneli Rufus knows only too well how the world looks through the eyes of those who are not comfortable in their own skin. In Unworthy, Rufus boldly explores how a lack of faith in ourselves can turn us into our own worst enemies.
Drawing on extensive research, enlightening interviews, and her own poignant experiences, Rufus considers the question: What personal, societal, biological, and historical factors coalesced to spark this secret epidemic, and what can be done to put a stop to it? She reveals the underlying sources of low self-esteem and leads us through strategies for positive change.
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