September 10, 2018
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. Archives Here ...
"What needs to happen today, not only in this nation but throughout the world, is that we need to make love great again.” - Meghan McCain
“Absolutes. . . Prophets expose and topple each group’s idols and blind spots, showing that we make things into absolutes that are not absolutes in God’s eyes, and, conversely, that we relativize what in fact is central and important.”View online ...
A Way Forward: Self and Spiritual Care
Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey
United Methodist bishops have a lot on their plate as the church approaches major legislative gatherings that will determine the future of the denomination. Louisiana Area Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey shares some of the ways she takes care of both body and spirit during such a hectic time.
Five Lies We Like to Tell About Church Growth
by Dan Hotchkiss
Some churches grow, and others shrink. Most oscillate for decades around a size they find comfortable. Whether your church is trying to achieve escape velocity from its comfortable size zone or struggling to stay within it, you need to know what growth requires. Unfortunately, we often soothe each other by ignoring well-established facts about church growth and telling reassuring lies.Here are a few of the most common ...
Parker Palmer Commencement Address "Living from the Inside Out"
In his May 10, 2015 Naropa University graduation address, Parker Palmer offered the advice of Socrates, and urged Naropa graduates to lead “an examined life.” Parker is the founder of the Courage & Renewal Center in Seattle, WA, as well as an accomplished author and scholar.
How God Tells You It’s Time for a Change
by Wayne Dyer
Often times what appears to be a horrible turn of fate in our lives may be God telling is to pick up and move on.
An Inquiring Practice to Notice the Body
by Jon Kabat-Zinn
This 20-minute guided meditation from Jon Kabat-Zinn explores embracing sensations as they arise in the body in order to ground ourselves in the here and now.
Introducing 2018-2019 Spiritual Enrichment (Formation) Groups
This year we would like to initiate a new format for our monthly spiritual enrichment groups beginning mid to late September.
As there is interest, we would be willing to have five groups this year. The sites for these groups would be: Ashland, Canton, Newcomerstown area, Solon and Vermilion. To make this feasible we would need at least 6 committed to participate in the monthly gatherings, but not more than 12 per group. The practice groups will be an hour in duration followed by a half hour fellowship.
Considering the conflict and lack of civility in our world, our communities, our churches, our families and within ourselves, the focus for the year will be: “Being Peace.” As Christians, we often hear, “if you want peace, work for justice.” But perhaps a better said, “if you want peace, be peace.” This seem to be very consistent with Jesus’ practice of going into a quiet place to spend time alone with Abba, and then emerging as an agent of transformation in the world.
The wisdom here is in order to be peace in action we need to find our center and listen for what God is calling us to. Otherwise, our actions risk being a manifestation of our ego and not Spirit led. So, as we reflect on our lives and ministry, issues experienced in our ministry settings, our families, our communities, our country and our world, we would do well to spend time listening to Spirit. Our group time together will be an opportunity to reflect on how we can be peace in order to nurture peace in our lives and the world. It is my hope that this brief encouragement of meeting once a month will be a support to your daily awareness and practice of being peace.
Please indicate your interest, including location preference, by email: email@example.com, or call the Office of Pastoral Care: 330-456-0486.
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
Joyce Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth - email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Partington – lakehavenministries.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Topping - email@example.com
Laurie Tucker - firstname.lastname@example.org
When we see ourselves in a situation which must be endured and gone through, it is best to make up our minds to it, meet it with firmness, and accommodate everything to it in the best way practicable. This lessens the evil; while fretting and fuming only serves to increase your own torments. -Thomas Jefferson
5 Reason to Take a Fall Vacation
by Kathryn Drury Wagner
Despite the demanding church programming startup you might do well to think about somewhere in the next month or so taking a fall vacation before the even more demanding holidays begin.
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