Find tips and resources for self-care, material to assist you in providing pastoral care, and general information to help you in your practice of ministry. Information will be updated every two weeks concurrent with the East Ohio E-news.
September 14, 2015 Edition
How to Navigate Fear with Lissa Rankin
by Rabbi Rami Shapiro
Lissa Rankin, M.D. is the author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine and just released The Fear Cure: Cultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul. (Read the S&H book review here.) She is a mind-body medicine physician, speaker, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, a training program for physicians and other health-care providers.
Sharing stories of failure can give people the power to succeed
by Jonathan Williams
By showcasing personal stories of failure, Failure:Lab helps people “pave the way for change” by realizing they are not alone in their struggles. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Failure:Lab stages TED-like events at which successful people talk about their own failures and struggles. The storytellers offer no lessons or prescriptions for success, which frees their listeners to find their own meaning in the stories.
Try, Fail, Adapt
by Scott Benhase
In his book, “Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure,” Tim Harford brings the disciplines of psychology, evolutionary biology, anthropology, physics and economics to make a profoundly simple argument: life cannot be lived well if all we seek are easy solutions or even expert opinions. Our world is too chaotic and complex for such facile approaches or an over-reliance on ivory tower pronouncements. Harford rather contends that it is all about how we adapt and respond to our failures through trial and error.
Harford’s basic lesson is this: We have to design our efforts to make effective use of our failures. We have to design into our life’s efforts ways to experiment with trial and error.
10 Facts About Religion in America
by Michael Lipka
It’s a fascinating time for conversations about faith in the United States, with Pope Francis set to visit next month, a presidential election on the horizon and major trends reshaping the country’s religious landscape.
One of the most important and well-documented shifts taking place over the past decade is the steadily rising share of people who are religiously unaffiliated – from 16% in 2007 to 23% in 2014.Find out more , visit Pew Research article ...
A Prayer, by Oscar Romero, Former and assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador
It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is even beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction
of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete.
We plant the seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation
in realizing that. This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well. It may be incomplete,
but it is a beginning, a step along the way,
an opportunity for the Lord's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results, but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.
Meet: monthly 1 ½ hours
Where and when:
Alliance: Christ UMC, 470 E. Broadway – Second Tuesdays (beginning October 13), 1:00 PM
Ashland: Christ UMC, 1140 Claremont Ave. – Second Wednesdays, 1:00 PM
Painsville: Painsville UMC, 71 North Park Pl., Painesville – Third Thursdays (beginning Oct. 15), 1:30 PM
Medina: Granger UMC, 1235 Granger Rd. – Third Wednesdays (beginning October 21), 1:00 PM
Sandusky: Trinity UMC, 214 E. Jefferson St. – Second Thursdays, 2:00 PM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 - email@example.com
Bruce Batchler-Glader – firstname.lastname@example.org
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Liz Nau – email@example.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – email@example.com
October 4-5, 2015
SACRED SILENCE 101 ~ a 24-hour silent retreat
Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, Ohio
Gift yourself with time and space to rest, renew and reconnect with God. Do you long for a sense of stillness amidst the perpetual motion of your daily life? Take the first step and join us for a gentle and meaningful introduction to sacred silence.
This is offered by Belly of the Whale Ministries with Sharon Seyfarth Garner, Spiritual Director.
Being Kind: The Music Video Circling the World
by Nemish “Nimo” Patel, Empty Hands Music
”Throw your heart up let it fly high
Let your love for all the world spread through the sky
Let it drop down let it all go
Spreading kindness to every living soul
Can you see a love from me shining through
What you see in me I can see in you
Soon enough you and me we’ll be out of time
And kindness will be all we can leave behind.”
Your Essenes is a Spiritual Being, Video of Wayne Dyer
Huffington daily meditation features a video of spiritual teacher Wayne Dyer, who died on Saturday, Aug. 30. In the interview clip, Dyer says that we are all spiritual beings and that healing may come from within.
5 Ways to Cope with a Slowing Metabolism
Most of us, particularly if we struggle with our weight goals, have blamed the dreaded “metabolism” monster: “It’s too slow,” we say. We often target it as a common weight-loss enemy without truly knowing the factors that play into metabolism—and whether or not we can change them.
Metabolism refers to the process of converting the calories you eat into energy to power all of your bodily processes. Your metabolism determines the amount of calories you can eat all day and still maintain your weight.
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