Session 1 Objectives: Meet your instructor. Learn a definition of The Healer’s Path, and gain an introduction to seven attributes that define this path. Appreciate the many aspects & applications of the Healer’s Path in ministry; and explore exegesis, a useful approach to sacred texts for many situations. [content_protector password=”hP8!h” identifier=”AJAX” ajax=”true”]
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Session 1 Assignments:
- Reading & Multimedia: Watch Class Video, embedded above. Student notes are available. <click for PDF>. Begin optional reading as provided by instructor.
- Choosing Folks for Future Feedback: Assemble a Personal Journey Community (PJC). This is a group of three people whose opinions you trust, respect and value, from whom you would welcome honest feedback. These can be peers, religious folks, medical practitioners, lay people, and even family members. If you are already a formal student at BGU, your “Personal Learning Community” can assume this function, but feel free to choose others, instead. Next, reach out and ask. Since asking can be hard, here’s a script you can adapt: “Hi! Do you have a moment for me? <if not, make another time> Thanks for making the time! I’ve enrolled in a course called A Journey Along the Healer’s Path. I’m excited about it because it will give me some tools to help me be more effective. One of those tools is more self-knowledge, gained from the feedback of others. Of course, I thought of you right away. I really would value your input, and wonder if you’d be open to giving me some feedback at certain points over the next nine weeks. I would be honored and grateful if you might consider it. <pause> I want to explain how big of a time commitment this would be, before you say yes or no. It’s a few short phone calls and a form to fill out, at the end. I know your time is valuable, so no worries if you need to say no right now. I will still value your feedback, whenever you might be able to give it. What do you think? <thank them no matter what the outcome – whether they say yes or no> <pause to let them get a word in…> Hey, thanks for your time!”
- Contemplative Prayer Practice: Spend time each day in prayerful or contemplative practice. This may be morning, evening, broken in various moments, or as you prefer. Try to remember to begin your morning with a moment of contemplation, reflection, or thanksgiving, setting the tone for the day. You might wish to add the prayerful request that the work you put into this class be blessed, touching your heart in a beautiful and fruitful way. If you are at a loss for words, try this: “God, I praise you and thank you for giving me the opportunity to study. I pray you open the eyes of my heart and bless me with a teachable spirit. Help me gain new wisdom and insight so I can be your hands and feet in this troubled world. < Optional: I invite the Holy Spirit to> Inspire my mind and help transform my heart as I grow ever closer to you. <Optional: This I ask you in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ>. Amen.”
- Journaling: As you move through this class, keep a daily journal of thoughts, observations and experiences. You may wish to begin by outlining your hopes for this class. Jot down key words and phrases in the material as you run across them, as well as your thoughts and responses, as you consider concepts presented. Feel free to draw and doodle, adding rhymes or other memory aids that can help you retain what you are learning. Look at your journal as a resource tool that you may refer to, in future. Include your experiences from your contemplative prayer time. If you are stuck for what to write, ask yourself, “How is it going for me, right now? What readings or videos make sense, feel right, strike a chord with me? What thoughts and feelings are arising for me? What has made me say ‘Aha!’ or ‘Hmm, I am not so sure about that!’ or, ‘Let me pray on that,’ today?” You needn’t fear – you won’t need to turn it in for evaluation.
- Quiz – complete the associated quiz before proceeding to the next class.
About The Course: Journey Along the Healer’s Pathsm was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth with a goal to equip all who hear a call to act as healers in their various spheres of influence. A multimedia-rich experience, the course draws from a diversity of sources, including religious studies, applied ministry, ethics, and even social entrepreneurship. As implemented at Bakke Graduate University, the course is 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.
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 earning her DMin (with distinction as a Raymond Bakke Scholar) at BGU in Seattle. Speeth also holds a BA in Psychology from Mills College, an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s College, and a DBA from Golden Gate University, 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.
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.
Bakke Graduate University is a North-American graduate school of business, ministry, and theology 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 on four continents. Students in the masters- and doctoral programs receive customized attention, and are mentored by front-line practitioners who are world leaders in urban development, responsible business, and applied Christian theology. Website: www.bgu.edu.