January 15 --Workshop Opportunity Pathways to Promise, an interfaith cooperative, hosts Creating Hope, a one-day workshop to present various ways that faith communities and people engaged in mental health recovery can work together. Panelists from a variety of faith communities will describe ways they have developed the types of relationships and community practices that facilitate recovery. 8 p.m. to 6 p.m. $25 per person Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Oﬃce 8765 W. Higgins Rd, Chicago, IL 60631 (near O’Hare airport) Click for complete details and registration information.
The recent Sharing Our Elders' Journey workshop focused on understanding the needs of our elders and pastoral care techniques that can help us “be” with our senior friends and our parents in a more effective manner. The 25 participants were all involved in or interested in caring for seniors. Offering presentations on the unique needs of elders, non-verbal communication, hospice, and leading senior group ministry, the workshop was led by presenters familiar with the pastoral care of seniors. Of particular note, 6 graduates of the Volunteer Chaplain Training Course shared their experiences and expertise. These graduates, Chris Moore, Tony Dobrowolski, and Deacons Tom [...]