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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

Deacon Marsha Roscoe interviews the Rev. Dr. Gary Neal Hansen, author of Kneeling with the Giants, to explore how Christian theology, spirituality, and community are food for our faith journey.

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Suzanne M. Accardo, M.Ed., owner of The Yoga Place, and member of Bergstrasse Lutheran Church, recently partnered with Bergstrasse to renovate unused building space to offer yoga, meditation, grief recovery counseling, and a variety of other body, mind, and spirit practices.  Embracing the principles of counseling, yoga, and meditation, she began a spiritual journey leading to greater equanimity, peace, and passion to teach others . She holds a master’s degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling from Boston University, is a certified Life Coach through the International Coaching Academy (ICA), and an Advanced Grief Recovery Specialist.  With over 20 years of experience, she draws on her knowledge as a Family Life Educator, Grief Recovery Specialist, Meditation and Yoga Instructor.  Suzanne is passionate about her work and has a special interest in supporting those who find themselves struggling to find joy in life, feel stuck or uncertain of what direction to take. For more information about her workshops and classes, visit The Yoga Place online, or she can be reached at 717-336-5299.

The Yoga Place

Growing From Trauma with Dr. Betsy Stone – Finding ways to change and grow, Psychologist, Teacher and Facilitator, Dr. Betsy Stone shares optimistic and helpful approaches to trauma and its aftermath. To learn more about Dr. Stone, you can visit her website here.

Being Here, a podcast series exploring real world issues and topics important to professionals in the faith community, is available now. Join host, the Rev. Melissa Pohlman, as she welcomes guests to share their experiences and points of view on navigating retirement, Christian conversations about racial justice, and creative approaches to innovative ministry.

Being Here invites us to learn together, listen to each other, grow together, and move forward together — stronger, more resilient as a unique community.

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As many people with strong religious traditions, Lutherans are sometimes reluctant to change and try new ways of thinking about and practicing faith. However, there is a groundswell movement of people looking for deeper experiences of faith and meaningful connections with the holy. This is why Lutherans around the country are exploring both ancient and new contemplative practices that are authentically Lutheran. Download this Living Lutheran study guide for “Contemplating the New Year” to explore meditation, mindfulness, and contemplative practices. The free guide includes four pages of discussion questions and a copy of the January/February 2022 Living Lutheran Contemplating the New Year article.

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We are excited to share with you that the Lutheran Camping Corporation and LSS have once again partnered to offer reasonably priced personal respite retreats for our leaders and families at each of the LCC sites!  At $40/night per adult, your meals are included. More information available here: https://www.lutherancamping.org/personal-respite-retreat/

Personal Respite Retreats

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!

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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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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 KochertRoot 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.

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

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.

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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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.