We are pleased to be working in partnership with Bakke Graduate University and Union University International to bring you the award-winning online course, The Healer’s Path. This class has been honored by the 21st Annual Communicator Awards, as a recipient of “Award of Distinction” for Online Video and Webinar. [press release].
This course draws from a rich diversity of approaches developed so far within the fields of religious studies, applied ministry and chaplaincy, social entrepreneurship, biomedical ethics, and various fields within psychology. The goal of this course is threefold:
- To provide students with grounding in order that they may successfully walk a healer’s path, and to equip them with tools to navigate and successfully engage with today’s thorniest issues.
- To help students internalize an intelligent, deliberate, kinship model for active harm prevention.
- To extend an invitation to the student for this style of ministry, opening the door to life’s path that is both effective and joy filled.
The course of study was first envisioned for ministers and students of ministry as well as professionals in other healing arts. The course will provide a viable framework for dialogue, in the spirit of humble service, while advancing this area of the ministry, because together we are stronger, and “all who are called, are called to be healers.”
The class content has been logically divided into ten subject areas: 0) Welcome; 1) Introduction; 2) Methodology; 3) Models, Then and Now; 4) Start Within – Inner Landscape; 5) Start Within – Feedback for Self-Assessment; 6) Beginner’s Mind; 7) Beyond Tolerance; 8) Creation Care; 9) Minister as Healer; 10) Communication. It is also available all on one page for easiest access. In addition, an eTextbook and video notes smooth the path so the experience can be immersive rather than an exercise in rote memorization. In total, there are over five and one half hours of original video content. Supplementary reading and media exploration assignments, journaling, contemplative practice, and short exercises round out the experience.
The material is presented in a friendly, kinship manner; all participants will be welcomed and no beliefs attacked. We recognize that members of our community will hold divergent views with deep conviction, and that members of the medical community or other social services may want to participate, as well. Such students, whose backgrounds have been primarily of a scientific nature, might not be familiar with some of the terms used in theological circles. Although the instructor does rely heavily on Biblical texts, all quotations are clearly cited and key concepts are defined. It also takes into account students who have spent a lifetime in pursuit of deep, theological understanding. We worked hard to strike a balance between engaging with beginners and feeding advanced students, so that a wide variety of people might benefit from the time with us.
Whoever you are, whatever your background, and wherever you are in your faith journey, as long as you desire to grow your understanding and advance along a healer’s path, and as long as you can pledge to be “nonharming” to your fellow classmates during any group activities, we welcome you. Won’t you join us?
Because of the immersive, experiential, transformative design of this course, set alongside new models for critical thinking, students should be open to the possibility of experiencing discontinuity as they ask deep questions, practice contemplation within the context of their faith tradition, and undertake practical exercises. Students will: engage with others, seeking feedback and practicing active listening; engage with sacred texts, using a guided, stepwise approach; and gain insights from others who have chosen the healer’s path. See below, for a few screen captures that will give you a sense of the flavor of the class:
This course, taught by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth. Eventually, through BGU as a certificate-level course, our plan is to offer 30 clock-hours of continuing education credit and a BGU Certificate of Achievement. The course is entirely self-paced and can be started and completed on one’s own schedule. The course is also planned as an undergraduate class as part of UUI’s course of study, with different class requirements. Students of each school should check with their registrars for how to proceed with this course (or, you may also check back here for details).
We thank you for your interest in this class, which has spanned multiple years in development, and will be launching soon, Godwilling.
Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth
Class Writer / Director / Instructor
Director – NHM Ministrants
NHM Ministrants provides digital resources for healing, hope and harmony. Dedicated to the premise that “all who are called, are called to be healers,” our offerings are inspired by Jesus’ admonitions regarding loving kindness, radical solidarity, open-armed kinship and non-judgmental servant leadership. Looking to the wisdom of the physician healer tradition, including The Hippocratic Oath, we move beyond “first, do no harm,” to take an active, interventionist approach, empowering all who ask, simply, “How can I help?” A division of Elfenworks Productions, LLC, “Beyond Film & Music.” Online at www.ministrants.com.
Course Instructor, Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth completed her religious training at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics, in an interfaith chaplaincy Clinical Pastoral Education program she attended after pursuing her DMin at BGU Seattle. Rev. Dr. Speeth also holds a BA from Mills College of California, an MBA from St. Mary’s College of California, and a DBA from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as several other certifications. She is an award-winning filmmaker and author on a wide variety of topics. Every day, she and her colleagues leverage high-tech experience and a gift for storytelling to foster creative solutions that advance pro-social change, on the cutting edge of hope.
Bakke Graduate University is a North-American graduate school of business, ministry, and theology originally located in Seattle, Washington, and now in Texas, offering classes in the USA and worldwide in online and on-campus formats. With students, alumni and faculty located in over 50 nations, BGU’s global community connects through online courses and urban immersion experiences in the largest cities on four continents. Students in the masters- and doctoral programs receive customized attention, and are mentored by front-line world leaders. The school’s unique and innovative focus is to teach transformational leadership through urban development, responsible business, and Christian theology. Website: www.bgu.edu.
Union University International has programs designed to give educational access to the world’s underserved ministry leaders, providing the opportunity to study in practical, holistic ministry leadership training programs by making education affordable, accessible from any location, in the Vietnamese, Indonesian, Spanish and English languages, with plans for curriculum options in other prominent languages. Website: www.uui.us.