Dates: Saturday, April 25th 2020, 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
OneSpirit Elective Credit: 1.0
Available by: Attend In-Person or Join by Videoconference or Download Recordings (learn more about videoconference)
Price: General Public: $ 100.00 | One Spirit Graduates: $ 90.00
In this time of tremendous change in religious and spiritual life in Western culture, the spiritual needs of families with children are often unmet. According to the latest Pew Research Center findings, more than 60% of those likely to have children under 18 years old at home are either unaffiliated or consider themselves "spiritual, not religious." As the primary role models and guides for their children, parents have the potential to be spiritual midwives, but they frequently lack a clear understanding of how to grow spiritually, let alone how to foster the spiritual growth of their children. Given reports of increasing anxiety, depression, and economic distress among young people, families could likely benefit from intentional spiritual practice, especially within community. This workshop is designed for all those who care about the spiritual well-being of parents and children, including seminary students, ministers, parents, and grandparents. We will touch on the obstacles to spiritual development for families with children before focusing on new ways to support and collaborate with parents for their and their children's benefit. We will explore spiritual practices that help families have stronger connections to one another, while also growing the spiritual strength of parents and children.
Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault
Rev. Sue Koehler-Arsenault, M.Div., has been inviting others to look within and discover their spiritual strength for thirty years of active ministry in interfaith settings. She earned her Master’s of Divinity degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology (Boston College) in 1994 and was ordained by One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in 2011. She has served as a Jesuit Volunteer working at the St. Martin de Porres Shelter in Seattle, WA and she developed an innovative service-learning program at Seattle University. While chaplain at Wellesley College, she helped establish a pioneering multi-faith approach to religious and spiritual life on campus. As a hospice and palliative care chaplain for over 12 years, Sue became a skilled counselor and end-of-life spiritual educator. She teaches a variety of classes and workshops at One Spirit, including an Introduction to the Spiritual Care of the Dying, Healing from Religious Injury, Building Your Wedding Ministry, Creating Healthy Spiritual Community and more. Based in Rockport, MA, Sue is a "Minister without Walls" offering life-cycle ceremonies, spiritual counseling, workshops, and retreats. She is Director of Christian Education at First Congregational Church of Rockport (United Church of Christ).
If you have questions about registering for this course, please contact One Spirit Learning Alliance by email to [email protected] or call 212-931-6840.