Edition: June 22, 2015
We are blessed to have quickly found a very pleasant and capable person to help with the administrative task of our office while we discern our needs and how best to fill them.
So you can put a name to the voice when you call or to the face when you come in: welcome Lynn Smith. We are grateful to have Lynn join us and for the contribution she is and will continue to make to our program.
The Adam Hamilton interview on ‘Revival’ of John Wesley
“Why are so many people fascinated by a preacher, born more than 300 years ago in a little town 150 miles north of London? For long stretches of American history, John Wesley was all but forgotten. Adam Hamilton, one of the most famous United Methodist pastor in the U.S. these days, thinks Wesley’s rising popularity stems from the culture into which he was born in 1703.”
A Caregiver’s Commitment
by Carole Larkin
Discover steps for preparing your home for Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.
Most families want to keep their loved one in the familiar surroundings of home for as long as possible. Creating a safe environment for your loved one is key for them remaining at home.
When caring for a person with memory issues, it is important to avoid accidents, minimize injuries and remove triggers that could cause agitation or challenging behaviors.
When adjusting the home, there will be unique behaviors or characteristics that require continual reassessment. Be sure to walk through the home as the disease progresses to monitor it for safety issues that may arise.
As Alzheimer’s progresses, it becomes more difficult for people with the disease to process environmental information.
The simpler things are in the home, the fewer environmental inputs there are to interpret and distract the person.
Come, Holy Spirit,
Replace the tension within us with a holy relaxation.
Replace the turbulence with in us with a sacred calm.
Replace the anxiety within us with a quiet confidence.
Replace the fear within us with strong faith.
Replace the bitterness within us with the sweetness of grace.
Replace the darkness within us with a gentle light.
Replace the night within us with your day.
Replace the winter within us with your spring.
Straighten our crookedness. Fill our emptiness.
Dull the edge of our pride. Light the fires of our love.
Quench the flames of our lust.
Let us see ourselves as You see us,
That we may see You as you have promised us, And be healed according to Your word.
Our Spiritual Formation/Meditation Groups will not be meeting at our regular time this summer and will resume in September. Please take note and plan to take part in the upcoming Second Annual Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat. See details below.
Second Annual Summer Spiritual Formation Retreat
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 - 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wooster First UMC
Richard Rohr's Daily Meditation: The Franciscan Path of Descent
Letting Go as a Way of Life
Jesus himself exemplified and also taught us the path of descent, which Christians have often called "the way of the cross." The path downward is much more trustworthy than any path upward, which only tends to feed the ego. Like few other Christians, it was Francis of Assisi who profoundly understood that.
Authentic spirituality is always on some level or in some way about letting go. Jesus said, "the truth will set you free" (John 8:32). Once we see truly what is trapping us and keeping us from freedom we should see the need to let it go. But in a consumer society most of us have had no training in that direction. Rather, more is supposed to be better. True liberation is letting go of our false self, letting go of our cultural biases, and letting go of our fear of loss and death. Freedom is letting go of wanting more and better things, and it is letting go of our need to control and manipulate God and others. It is even letting go of our need to know and our need to be right--which we only discover with maturity. We become free as we let go of our three primary energy centers: our need for power and control, our need for safety and security, and our need for affection and esteem.
Francis sought freedom in all three parts of life. Our good friend here in New Mexico, Fr. John Dear, puts it very well:
"Francis embodies the Gospel journey from violence to non-violence, wealth to poverty, power to powerlessness, selfishness to selfless service, pride to humility, indifference to love, cruelty to compassion, vengeance to forgiveness, revenge to reconciliation, war to peace, killing enemies to loving enemies. More than any other Christian, he epitomizes discipleship to Jesus. . . .
"Francis' logic points the way toward personal, social, and global justice, and peace. If each one of us practiced Gospel simplicity, voluntary poverty, and downward mobility, like Francis, we would share the world's resources with one another, have nothing to fear from others, and live in peace with everyone."
We always knew that following Jesus was "a narrow gate," as he himself put it (Matthew 7:13-14). But for some diversionary reason we thought the narrow path had to do with private asceticism (usually in regard to the body), instead of simple-living, altruism, non-violence, and peacemaking. These virtues would have created a very different society and civilization, but to this day many Christians feel much more guilt and shame about their private sexual body than about our social body. Much of Christian history has placed the emphasis on making sexuality the entire issue instead of just one issue. This seems to me a massive misplacement of attention. Because of it, the world often rejects any attempt at teaching sexual morality. When you pay too much attention to one issue, you invariably pay no attention to another. Francis was "moralistic" about the right things.
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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
Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are
by Amy Cuddy
Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. And her training as a classical dancer (another skill she regained after her injury) is evident in her fascinating work on "power posing" -- how your body position influences others and even your own brain.
“Using a few simple tweaks to body language, Harvard researcher Amy Cuddy discovers ways to help people become more powerful.”
The 6 Rules for Eating Clean
by Jessica Levine
“Don't worry: We're not prescribing another Atkins-Paleo-Scarsdale-type diet. Rather, we are suggesting a sane nutrition plan that will help your body function at peak efficiency.
“It's called clean eating, and it's pretty fundamental: It means opting for more of the foods we know are good for us — whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and good fats — and less of the stuff that we know is harmful, including salt, sugar and trans fats.
“Begin to eat this way and you'll find that, over time, your healthy habits actually retrain your taste buds to appreciate real food, instead of the sugary, fried and fat-laden fare that makes up so much of the typical American diet.”Read online article ...
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