Cultivating Self-Care In Ministry Practice

January 15, 2020 - February 20, 2020
660 Francklyn Street
HalifaxNSB3H 3B5

One Cannot Give From An Empty Cup…

Ministry is one of the most rewarding professions and calls to serve and also one of the most challenging! In this course we will explore self-care for the active minister with topics including self-awareness, healthy boundaries, emotional wellness, and healthy practices. How do we care well for ourselves and others? How can we grow, as a whole church, in our awareness of healthy ministry practices? As we explore we will draw from various media including art, text, journaling, and poetry to reflect on good self-awareness in ministry practice.

Recommended (optional) book purchase: Walter Brueggemann and Clover Reuter Beal, An Ongoing Imagination: A Conversation about Scripture, Faith, and the Thickness of Relationship. Edited by Timothy Beal.

NOTE: If you wish to have a copy of the book, please make your own arrangements to purchase it online or from a local bookstore.

About Dr. Darlene Brewer:

Rev. Dr. Darlene Brewer is a theologian and minister serving in Dartmouth, NS. She is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the U.S. and Canada and is currently serving the congregation of Wyndholme Christian Church. She has also worked as a Community Chaplain and Life skills Coordinator. Darlene’s professional and scholarly interests include ecofeminist theology, social issues, activism, systematic theology, community-building, and ethics. Darlene has taught courses at Saint Paul University, where she earned her Ph.D. and Atlantic School of Theology, where she earned her M.T.S., and M.Div. Her creative interests include writing poetry and prose and offering workshops and retreats on topics such as pastoral care and empathy.

(Please note: This is an online course that can be taken on your own schedule. It does not occur at a specified time. It is “asynchronous” – meaning that you participate at whatever time(s) during the week that are convenient for you. There are no “live” sessions.) Prior to the start, Dr. Brewer will connect with you and provide the details on how the class will flow.

This course is offered asynchronously via the internet between Wed, 15 Jan 2020, 5:00 PM – Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 5:00 PM AST