You are invited to attend one of two information sessions in November (Sunday, November 2 at 11:30 am and Wednesday, November 5 at 7:30 pm) about a program new for us at St. John’s: Community of Hope International. Community of Hope is a model for training and supporting lay pastoral caregivers that began in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. It is rooted in the principles of the Rule of St. Benedict and shaped by clinical pastoral practices. There are chapters throughout the United States and internationally In Canada, Mexico, and Malawi.
Saint Benedict lived in central Italy in the sixth century. Through his own experience as a monastic, he came to realize that we come to God with and through other people.
The fourteen-week curriculum includes: an introduction to Benedictine spirituality; theology of pastoral care; pastoral identity; listening skills; prayer, Christian meditation, and silence; motivational spiritual gifts; pastoral visiting and boundaries; confidentiality; family systems; coping with loss and grief; pastoral care for seniors; care for the caregiver; commitment to ministry; and practice visits.
At the end of the training period, the commissioned pastoral caregivers form a Circle of Care, wherein they meet once a month to pray, share, enjoy continuing education, and provide one another with mutual encouragement and support.
Both information sessions will meet in the Fireside Room. For more information, contact The Reverend Kate Bradtmiller at 651-228-1172 x18 or firstname.lastname@example.org.