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20 “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us,[a] so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – John 17:20-23

Spiritual Wellness Resources

A Day with Creation As Companion

Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis! Pastor Elaine Dent leads a day apart to…

  • Offer praise and gratitude for the ways God’s creation inspires, nourishes and heals us.
  • Explore spiritual practices that help us notice God’s presence in our interaction with the outdoors.
  • Name our laments for the ways creation’s current crisis affects us and we will pray for it’s healing.
  • Consider ways that God may be calling us to be a part of restoring health to our plant, whether air, water, soil, plants, or animals.
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Spiritual Wellbeing Cohort Grants

Spiritual Wellbeing Cohort Grants Now Open

Because peer-to-peer support creates long-lasting relationships, both personally and professionally, Bishop Dunlop is offering up to ten (10) $1,000 spiritual wellbeing grants for rostered ministers’ cohort groups to gather around a self-identified area of spiritual growth or edification.

Words That Heal – Preaching Hope To Wounded Souls Preaching and Trauma Certificate

A community of support, learning, and nurturing for preachers serving in a time of trauma and chronic stress. With Joni Sancken (PhD), Associate Professor of Homiletics at United Theological Seminary & Rev. Richard Jorgensen, LSS Director for Evangelical Mission
The registration fee for Words That Heal is $300.00 and counts towards continuing education. Click the button to learn more/register.
Words That Heal
Connect With Carol Caring

Creative Connections With Carol Caring

Connect with Carol Caring every third Saturday of each Month for a Communities of Hope Service. Visit her blog to stay up to day with opportunities and resources!

We have created a YouTube Playlist for each of the LSS Mission Priorities. These playlists are filled with videos and resources for you to use.

Click on the video to watch the playlist for Fostering Spiritual Wellness!

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Spiritual Wellness Blog

Topics of Study

Kairos SDT offers a comprehensive course of study while allowing for students to explore particular interests. Guest Experts, from a variety of religious, educational, and professional backgrounds, are invited to bring their own unique voice and experience to each month’s topic, which is then synthesized by the Spiritual Direction Faculty. Topics include:
• Spiritual Kinship
• Spiritual Practices and Contemplative Diversity
• Discernment
• Cultural Diversity
• Sexuality and Embodiment
• Human Formation
• Affects of Trauma
• Ethical Considerations
• Self-care and Professional Resilience
• Religious Diversity
• Contemplative Communities
• Dark Night Experiences

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Spiritual Directors

Lower Susquehanna Synod Spiritual Directors

Christa Hesselink

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Allen Proctor

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Rev. Kyndall Rauthaus

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Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodi

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Emotional Wellbeing Counselors

Allie Kochert

Root Grow Thrive

Allie Kochert, MA, LPC, CSD, owner of Rooted Growth Counseling and Root Grow Thrive, is a spiritual director and psychotherapist. Her therapy and spiritual direction is decidedly embodied and focused on mind-body-spirit connection. She is owner of Root Grow Thrive, dedicated to supporting helpers, healers, and those in ministry leadership. She offers spiritual direction and soul care groups, and is passionate about supporting people in ministry, maintaining their resiliency and preventing burnout so they can grow and thrive in their vocations.

Pastor Henry Herbener

Pastor Henry Herbener, a Lower Susquehanna Synod retired pastor, has extensive counseling background and experience and would be happy to meet with rostered ministers who feel they need counseling.

Additional Counselors

Debbie Doubrava

LCSW

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Ellen Dionna

Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director

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Samaritan Counseling Center

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Spiritual Wellbeing

Spirituality Types

Most people experience God most intimately through one of four spirituality types. Understanding how you relate to God can help you fall deeper in love with Jesus. Knowing there are a variety of spirituality types helps us embrace and appreciate our diverse sets of human experiences. Thinking about God is one-sided and limits our relationship with God. Jesus’ alternates between structure and engagement to freedom and solitude with God. We can too.

Online Learning: Trauma and Resilience: A Journey Towards Healing with Dr. Kristen Albert and the Rev. Carla Christopher Wilson

While we know that the COVID-19 pandemic brought with it more than its fair share of uncertainty and trauma, so too did other conditions of 2020 – the economy, politics, isolation, and so much more.  Whether we realized it or not, many of us have experienced a degree of trauma resulting from the volatility, uncertainty, and complexity of this time.

In the first part of this two-part program, Trauma and Resilience: A Journey Towards Healing, you will explore how life has changed, what trauma looks like, and gain an understanding and awareness of how trauma shows up in our bodies and our behaviors.

In the second part of the program, you will learn what it takes to create safe and healthy spaces, and how to create space and conditions for resilience in your relationships, routines, and self-care.  Experience opportunities to engage in mindful and centering practices and centering prayer and create your vision and plan for taking care of yourself in traumatic times.

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Online Learning: Trauma and Resilience: A Journey Towards Healing

More Spiritual Directors

Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodi

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Kyndall Rauthaus

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Christa Hesselink

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Allen Proctor

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Marsha Roscoe

Marsha is an assistant to the bishop for spiritual wellness, mission and communications and is founder of Breathing in Christ. Marsha has spent most of her working life helping others fall in love with Jesus over and over again. An ordained minister of the Evangelical Lutheran in America (ELCA), she has taught and ministered in areas of spiritual formation and missional outreach for nearly two decades.