Living Well, Leading Well
A five-part monthly series of virtual workshops promoting wholeness, wellbeing, and renewal in our personal and professional lives. Each workshop will be taught by specialists in the areas of counseling, biblical studies, peace-making, and pastoral ministry. See below for details about the first two topics in this series.
Thursday, March 11, 6:30-8:30pm
Two of the 20th century’s most well know theologian-pastor-activists, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King, Jr., placed an important emphasis on the relationship between living in community and doing justice. In their respective theologies, they both understood building and sustaining authentic community as a crucial framework for doing justice work.
Join Reverend Chris Dorsey, president of Higher Education Leadership Ministries and former seminary professor and university chaplain, to learn about our call to pursue racial justice and equity as followers of Jesus Christ.
Navigating Post-Pandemic Unknowns: Spiritual Discernment for Realistic Re-entry
Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8:30pm
When this pandemic subsides, life will change, but we are not going back to how things were. As we head from one unknown into another, there will be exhilaration and there will be grief. Join Pastors Kara Root and Lisa Larges in exploring how to live with discernment, gentleness, and compassion in this transition. Together we will draw from a wellspring of spiritual gifts and practices to guide and sustain us in the months us.
Rev. Kara Root and Rev. Lisa Larges serve together as pastor and parish associate of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), a community known for its creative practices of hospitality and Sabbath-keeping. Kara also is the author of the forthcoming book, The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us (Fortress Press). Lisa works the MN State Services for the Blind and is the former director of That All May Freely Serve.
Healing Collective Trauma
Saturday, May 22, 9-11am
As we cope with the mounting losses, anxieties and uncertainties of our current pandemic, many of us feel like we are losing our footing. Having some awareness of trauma and its impact on our personal, intergenerational, and collective lives can increase our self-understanding and compassion. Join us in exploring concrete psychological and spiritual tools for increasing resilience and finding hope and joy in the midst of pain.
Led by Reverend Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Ph.D., the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary. Deborah was originally trained as a pastoral counselor, taught at Princeton Seminary for 25 years, and now offers spiritual direction for individuals and small groups. Among her various publications is Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel and Pastoral Care, which won the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Book of the Year Award in 2015.