Session 1 Objectives: The Theology that forms the basis of the Healer’s Path, sometimes called “nonharming ministry,” draws from a rich diversity of approaches developed so far within the fields of religious studies, applied ministry and chaplaincy, and also from disciplines outside the religious framework, including social entrepreneurship, biomedical ethics, and various fields within psychology. During Session 1 you will explore these influences as we learn the definition of the healer’s path, what it is, and what it is not; experience the origin of NHM Ministrants; appreciate the many aspects & applications of Healer’s Path ministry; and explore exegesis, unlocking the power of sacred text to uplift and help.
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Session 1 Assignments:
Reading & Multimedia: Watch Class Video. Student notes are available <click for PDF>. See also the related chapter in your textbook <click for textbook>. View optional materials (see textbook appendix) as time permits.
Contemplative Practice: Spend at least fifteen minutes of each day in prayerful or contemplative practice. This may be morning, evening, broken in various moments, or as you prefer. If you do not opt for any morning practice time, at least start the morning with a moment of contemplation and reflection, setting the tone for the day. You could start the day with praise and thanksgiving for another day, adding the prayerful request that the divine would touch your heart in a transformative and fruitful way – this very day, and throughout this class.
- Your instructor may assign you the chapter questions and exercises from your textbook.
- If you have been assigned journaling, use the chapter questions and exercises as the basis from which you start. Be sure to include your experiences from your contemplative prayer practice in your journal.
- Trying your hand at reading scripture with an eye towards active harm prevention is a cornerstone of Healer’s Path theology & practice. See Exegesis Detail Page. If you have been assigned exegesis, follow the instructions as provided by your instructor.
About The Course: Journey Along The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University to equip students with the tools they need when working to bring healing and transformational change in their various spheres of influence. As implemented at BGU, the course will be online and self-paced, and can be started and completed in as little as nine weeks. It awards 30 clock hour of continuing education credit and a BGU Certificate of Achievement. For more information about this course, including how to register, visit the project overview page.
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.
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 is the founder of NHM Ministrants, and earned her doctorate in Transformational Leadership for the Global City, and completed her religious training in an interfaith chaplaincy Clinical Pastoral Education program at Stanford University Hospital and Clinics. She also holds a BA in Psychology from Mills College, an Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College of Callifornia, and a Doctorate in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. A prolific filmmaker, musician and author, Speeth is the author of several award-winning books, including: Thread for Pearls, A Story of Resilient Hope; Intelligence & Compassion in Action, The Seven Pillars for Social Entrepreneurs; Tracks of Hope, the Forgotten Story of America’s Runaway Train and How We Can Get Back On Track; and eMinistry, Virtual Pathways for Spiritual Leadership. Rev. Speeth has taught the subject matter contained in this course to students both domestically and internationally. Locally, she serves on both a healing prayer team and as part of a music worship team.