Free Workshop is offered to nurture spiritual identities of caregivers
To effectively provide pastoral care and counseling to others, the caregiver must practice personal, spiritual self-care and nurture, say pastoral care experts and professors Anne Streaty Wimberly and Edward P. Wimberly, who will be in Louisville to facilitate a free workshop to help area pastors and pastoral counselors nurture their spiritual identities as caregivers.
This event will be held on September 22 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Community Center on South Hancock Street. It is co-sponsored by the Louisville Seminary’s Center for Congregations and Family Ministries, the Cralle Foundation, the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Louisville Seminary, and the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium, the latter two sponsors are accredited by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC).
“The Louisville Seminary Counseling Ministry and the Kentuckiana Pastoral Counseling Consortium are particularly pleased to help sponsor this event because the Wimberlys are particularly gifted leaders in the Church's ministries of care and counseling,” said Dr. Nancy J. Ramsay, professor of pastoral theology at the Seminary and coordinator of the workshop. “We hope this workshop will be a benefit not only to area pastoral counselors but especially to area pastors who know firsthand the challenge of ministries of presence and encouragement with parishioners who often face very difficult situations.”
“The ministries of pastoral care and pastoral counseling are crucially important and require an individual spiritual readiness. The development of our spiritual identity is a lifelong process and requires that we sustain important connections with those who first nurtured our spiritual lives as well as those who help sustain us spiritually now, and of course with God,” says Ed Wimberly.
The Nurturing Our Spiritual Identities as Caregivers
workshop will focus on practices that give sustenance to ministries of caregiving. The Wimberlys will give particular attention to relationships that can help persons to hear and honor God’s voice for their lives today. They will also consider the obstacles to the practices of spiritual formation in today’s culture as well as how professional training can disconnect one with the relationships that are so important to a spiritual life. Dr. Anne Wimberly
is Professor of Christian Education at Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, Ga., where she has been a faculty member for 12 years. She also serves as Director of the Youth Hope-Builders Academy, a theological program for youth funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. as well as the Ecumenical Families Alive Project, an initiative funded by the General Commission on Religion and Race focused on families with specific emphasis on grandparents raising grandchildren. She is the author of a number of articles and books including Soul Stories: African American Christian Education
(Abingdon, 1994) and In Search of Wisdom: Faith Formation in the Black Church (Abingdon, 2002), and she is the editor and contributing author for Honoring African American Elders: A Ministry in the Soul Community
(Jossey Bass, 1997). Dr. Edward P. Wimberly
is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean and Jarena Lee Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), in Atlanta, Ga. He is an active member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the Society for Pastoral Theology as well as the African Association for Pastoral Studies and Counseling.
The author of numerous books and articles in pastoral care and counseling, his most recent books include: Recalling Our Own Stories: Spiritual Renewal for Religious Caregivers
(Jossey Bass, 1997), Moving from Shame to Self-Worth: Preaching and Pastoral Care
(Abingdon, 1999), Relational Refugees: Alienation and Reincorporation in African American Churches and Communities
(Abingdon, 2000), and Claiming God Claiming Dignity: African American Pastoral Care
The workshop will be held at the Presbyterian Community Center, at 701 S. Hancock Street, in downtown Louisville. Parking is available on the street and at the back of the center. Reservations are needed. Please call: 895-3411, ext. 450, or e-mail Continuing and Lay Education
by September 18.
The mission of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is to serve the church and the world by educating men and women for participation in the continuing ministry of Jesus Christ. The Seminary offers degrees in pastoral counseling, marriage and family therapy, and a Master of Arts in Spirituality with Bellarmine University. The Louisville Seminary Counseling Ministry offers training for interns in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree Program. It also offers counseling for affordable fees. The Counseling Ministry can be reached by calling Louisville Seminary and requesting ext. 575.