The Art of Pastoral Caring – Session 2 (Sat., Jan. 26, 2013)

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community Presents

The Art of Pastoral Caring – Session 2

The Manitou Intentional Learning Community invites you to participate in a series of workshops designed to help you to create a caring community in your church. The event will take place on Saturday, January 26th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St Luke’s United Church, Bancroft Drive, Sudbury.

 

The sessions:

The Art of Listening

A workshop on Active Listening led by Lianne Tooley will provide training and practice in developing deep listening skills. Lianne works in the Mood and Anxiety Program at Health Sciences North and has extensive experience in Mental Health.  She says: “In my field of work listening to what people don’t say can be just as important as listening to what they do say with words.”

Caring Communication in a High-Tech Culture

The Venerable Anne Germond, is the Rector of the Church of the Ascension, and the Chaplain to the Greater Sudbury Police Service in which role she provides a “calm, empathetic presence”.  Anne will discuss ways in which telephone and email communication can be effective tools in pastoral care.

Prayer, Script-Free

A session on the role of prayer in pastoral care and on developing skills for “prayer without practice” will be led by The Rev. Dawn Vaneyk of St. Peter’s United Church. Dawn is a respected and inspiring spiritual leader with extensive experience in pastoral care.

A Tender Trust

The Rev. Catherine Somerville, Manitou Conference, United Church of Canada, will discuss legal and ethical issues related to Duty of Care for those involved in pastoral and friendly visiting. As Manitou Conference Personnel Minister, Catherine fulfills a wide variety of roles with great skill and compassion. Her work includes providing pastoral care for ministry personnel and their families and resourcing training workshops.

Registration:

$35 ($30 for those who participated in Session 1 in October) includes a light lunch.

Please register by January 23rd. Cheques should be sent to MILC, St. Andrew’s United Church, 111 Larch Street, Sudbury P3E 4T5

For more information contact Gillian 705-671-0185 gschell@laurentian.ca or visit www.manitoulearningcommunity.com

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Workshop Report: Listening and the Art of Pastoral Care Visiting

By Marilyn Boileau
Trinity United, Garson

On Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, I attended a well-presented, thought-provoking, practical workshop presented by MILC on pastoral care visiting. The workshop was well-attended and the presenters were very knowledgeable about their subjects.

The morning presenters were Rev. Catherine Sommerville and Madeleine Sauve (from Warmhearts). The presentations were on the art of communicating. We covered conversation starters, how we communicate and communication blockers. Not only did we listen but we had an opportunity to practice what we learned.

The topic of confidentiality sparked a lot of discussion. Two inspirational videos were presented.

Following a great lunch, Allison Cline-Dean, Chaplain, Pioneer Manor and Sister Costanza Romano, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Health Centre presented some very practical information on how to do pastoral visiting. There was plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We left with a wealth of information as well as a Prayer Book for Pastoral Visitors.

A couple of messages I took away: 55% of communication is through body language – I’ll be thinking twice about sitting with my arms and legs folded!

Taking care of oneself is important to prevent burnout. From the discussion and chatter that took place I would say that the day was informative for the attendees.

 

Listening and the Art of Pastoral Caring – Appreciation

On Sat. Oct. 27, 2012, I attended a well presented, thought provoking,
practical workshop presented by MILC on pastoral care visiting. The
workshop was well attended and the presenters were very knowledgeable
about their subjects. The morning presenters were Rev. Catherine
Sommerville and Madeleine Sauve (from Warmhearts). The presentations were
on the art of communicating. We covered conversation starters, how we
communicate and communication blockers. Not only did we listen but we had
an opportunity to practice what we learned. The topic of confidentiality
sparked a lot of discussion. Two inspirational videos were presented.

Following a great lunch Allison Cline-Dean, Chaplain, Pioneer Manor and
Sister Costanza Romano, Chaplain, St. Joseph’s Health Centre presented some
very practical information on how to do pastoral visiting. There was
plenty of opportunity to ask questions. We left with a wealth of
information as well as a Prayer Book for Pastoral Visitors.
A couple of messages I took away: 55% of communication is through body language – I’ll
be thinking twice about sitting with my arms and legs folded! Taking care of oneself is important to prevent burnout.

From the discussion and chatter that took place I would say that the day was
informative for the attendees.
Marilyn Boileau
Trinity United, Garson