Feb. 15-16, 2023
Feb. 15, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Western PA Conference of The UMC Workshop
Christ United Methodist Church (1135 Buffalo St., Franklin, PA 16323)
Livestreamed to Olmstead Manor Retreat Center (17 E Main St., Ludlow, PA 16333) and Jummonville Camp and Retreat Center (887 Jumonville Rd., Hopwood, PA 15445)
Feb. 16, 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Albright-Deering Lecture, Worship, and Lunch
Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (616 N. Highland Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15206)
In-person and Online
Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, all of us have been awash in losses of various sorts. We face not only grief, but also a disruption to our life story as we have lived it so far. Moving through grief requires us to make meaning of the loss, which occurs largely through the construction of story, and reimagining our future. Drawing together the insights from narrative theory and recent bereavement research on meaning-making Dr. Karen Scheib will help us consider how we engage in these processes of healing.
These events are free and open to the public. Join us!
Dr. Karen Scheib is professor emerita of pastoral care and pastoral theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of Challenging Invisibility: Practices of Care with Older Women, Pastoral Care: Telling the Stories of Our Lives, and Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry, as well as a number of articles and book chapters. Her research has focused on narrative pastoral care, which explores the power of story in shaping our sense of ourselves and the world. She is a retired elder in The United Methodist Church and a member of the North Georgia Annual Conference.
Western PA Conference of The UMC Workshop
God intends for us to live an “abundant life” in which we flourish in God’s love. Recent research on clergy well-being reveals that the stories that shape our personal and pastoral identity play a critical role in our well-being. During this workshop we will: 1) move beyond the concept of self-care toward a theological vision of flourishing, 2) challenge and revise the stories that leave us languishing, 3) explore self-compassion in the process of story revision, and 4) move toward crafting hopeful future stories.
Feb. 15, 2023
10:00-10:30 a.m. From Self-Care to Flourishing
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. The Role of Life Stories in Flourishing
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00-2:00 p.m. Practices of Self Compassion (revisiting Wesley’s General Rules)
2:00-2:10 p.m. Break
2:10-3:00 p.m. Crafting Hopeful Future Stories
See below for the workshop registration.
Albright-Deering Lecture, Worship, and Lunch
Restorying in the Wake of Loss
Feb. 16, 2023
10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
10:00-11:15 a.m. Lecture
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Worship
12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch (complimentary)
See below for the lecture registration.