When we care for one another through our various ministries, like our Care Teams, the St. Agnes Guild, Community Dinners, or our Youth Group, we create a Community of Hope. Whatever challenges we face, whatever grief we bear, we find hope in a community of faithful Christians who care for one another in meaningful ways. St. Dunstan’s Church is blessed by a strong desire and the ability to offer hope through our care for one another. We are, indeed, a community that offers hope.
Most of what we do is an expression of our fellowship and caring for one another, but sometimes people need more. There are times when we need the listening skills and presence of a trained pastoral care giver. I have been invited to serve on the faculty of a program at St. Mark’s Cathedral to train people on offering pastoral care. The curriculum is shaped by Benedictine spirituality with its deep appreciation for the presence of Christ in each person we meet.
The class is offered on three Saturdays—January 31, February 28, and March 28—from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. I will be teaching a class on listening skills on January 31st. The cost is $35 for the entire series (quite a bargain). You can sign up through the St. Mark’s web site. If you would like to participate in this program but the money is a barrier, talk to me and I can help.
Community of Hope Training
Saturdays, January 31, February 28, March 28, 9 am – 3 pm
Saint Mark’s is starting a Community of Hope to train “lay volunteer pastoral care givers united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries.” $35 to defray costs; required text: The Rule of Benedict: A Spirituality for the 21st Century by Joan Chittester (available at the Cathedral Shop).
Yours in Christ,