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Session 1 – Introduction Objectives: Gain a familiarity with what you will learn in this course, and a grounding in the Seven Principles of The Healer’s Path as a Connected, Contemplative, Open, Discerning, Joyous, Healing Journey. [Video Notes PDF]
Session 2 – Methodology Objectives: Explore & expand your vision; learn a framework for transformational change, sharing the wisdom & experience of Jimmy Carter; grow your leadership effectiveness; apply this methodology to diverse areas; understand when to invent versus adopt; gain a framework for more productive partnerships; appreciate more fully your own special skills; gain a new appreciation for credit-sharing; and learn tips to stay the course for long-term results; get better feedback for course correction.[Video Notes PDF]
Session 3 – Models Then & Now Objectives: During this session you will find wisdom in the stories of those who go before, gaining grounding in the Healer’s Path. These are inspiring, relatable stories that will invigorate you now, and that you can share, as you experience yourself as the new hands & feet of this discipline. Jesus, Bonhoeffer, Montessori, Social Entrepreneurs…& you! [Video Notes PDF]
Session 4 – Start Within Session I – Interior Landscape Objectives: Grow as an open-hearted “Shalom Person; gain greater self-awareness & learn spiritual self-care; cultivate mental flexibility & presence, learn teachable techniques for taking control of one’s thoughts; grow your conflict resolution, mediation & arbitration skills; access proven tools for stress reduction that they can teach others; enhance wellness through habit.[Video Notes PDF]
Session 5 – Start Within II: Self-Discovery Through Feedback Objectives: Session 5 is a continuation of the “Start Within” framework. Gain greater self-awareness; gather & use feedback of a personal nature that will help you grow as an open-hearted “shalom” person. Get to know baseball legend Hank Aaron and see how his story can guide your path to greater self-awareness. Includes a hands-on “how-to” demonstration, for using our inventory worksheet for feedback. [Video Notes PDF]
Session 6 – Beginner’s Mind Objectives: Master the art of the invitation, communicating easily with beginners and those who feel “left outside.” Embrace your mentorship role as a master of an art, enhancing your own creativity while finding joy in bringing out the creativity in others.[Video Notes PDF]
Session 7- “Beyond Tolerance” Objectives: Explore & expand the boundaries of compassion, opening new avenues for kinship and neighboring. Grow in self-awareness, asking, “whom do I barely tolerate?” Experience first-hand testimonials of the “othering” (setting apart, shunning) experience, including the connection between such shunning and suicide. Work more easily across historic barriers as you grow key skills as a bridge builder and partner. [Video Notes PDF]
Session 8 “Creation Care” Objectives: Deepen your understanding of your role as a caretaker of all of God’s creation; discover what it means to be “green,” gaining confidence conveying creation care concepts to others; make convincing cases for taking a long-term view; garner new ideas for stopping/preventing harmful activities; and feel the joy that comes from following God’s will by caring for God’s creation. [Video Notes PDF]
Session 9 “Minister as Healer” Objectives: Define minister as healer, to: know the key components of healing prayer; rediscover truths in Dante’s Inferno; explore the connection: life & motion; gain fresh perspectives on gospel healing stories; avoid key pitfalls in the healer’s path; appreciate your mentorship and master/beginner role as applies to healing; delve into the Hippocratic Oath; embrace your role as a healer, because all who are called, are called to be healers! [Video Notes PDF]
Session 10 “Communication” Objectives: Communication is key, in the 21st century! Gain skills that will help you immediately… You’ll learn to: analyze & respond to attacks nonviolently; communicate more effectively with those who are suffering; discuss uncomfortable subjects with greater ease; access nuanced language for trigger-topic subjects; and embrace the positive effects of using varied God language. [Video Notes PDF]
Below are two bonus videos: 1) Western European Iconography – Communicate masterfully with color, size, and icons, to bring more healing, hope & harmony; and 2) Western Humor: Analyze humor for fun, effectiveness and appropriateness. Note: while our initial focus is on Western Iconography and Humor, if there is sufficient response and interest, we may branch out with other offerings. Enjoy!
And finally, for review, the seven principles of The Healer’s Path!
About The Course: The Healer’s Path was created by Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth in cooperation with Bakke Graduate University and Union University International 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 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. As implemented at UUI, the course is a part of a degree program, and follows a set schedule with additional assignments. 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.
Union University International has programs designed to give educational access to the world’s under-served 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.
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. Prior to this, she earned her DMin from BGU Seattle after earning her BA at Mills College, her MBA at St. Mary’s, and her DBA at GGU. Rev. Speeth has authored books on social entrepreneurship, poverty/inequality, and eMinistry, and has produced / directed various films/music releases. Every day, she and her team leverage high-tech experience and a gift for storytelling to foster creative solutions that advance pro-social change, on the cutting edge of hope.