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Navigating Ministry During COVID-19

Online forum series for pastors

EMS is offering the following online forum discussions for free to provide resources for pastors during this difficult time in ministry. 

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Pastoral Care in the Time of Covid-19 and Beyond

Wednesday, April 15, 2020, 3:00 – 4:30 pm EDT

This forum will include a facilitated discussion on grief/loss without physical presence, caring for others from a distance, caring for ourselves, etc.

Facilitators include Penny Dreidiger, ACPE Clinical Educator, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, and Sentara RMH Staff Chaplain; Eric Martin, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community Supportive Living Chaplain; and Lonnie Yoder, Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Eastern Mennonite Seminary.

Spiritual formation for pastoral resilience

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Signs of pastoral fatigue, spiritual practices to sustain the pastor

Facilitators include Sarah Bixler, Instructor in Formation and Practical Theology, Eastern Mennonite Seminary; and Hyacinth Stevens, Program Coordinator for MCC East Coast in New York City, Pastor at King of Glory Tabernacle in Bronx, New York, and African American Mennonite Women Association representative on the Mennonite Women USA board. 

Understanding trauma and secondary trauma

 Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Supporting front-line responders and recognizing secondary trauma

Facilitators include Mary Thiessen Nation, Adjunct Professor, Eastern Mennonite Seminary; Carolyn Stauffer Associate Professor of MA in Organizational Leadership and Co-director of MS in Biomedicine, Eastern Mennonite University; and Sue Park Hur, Denominational Minister for Leadership Development, Mennonite Church USA.

Theological questions during anxious times

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Support for navigating theological issues associated with the pandemic

Facilitators include Andrew Suderman, Assistant Professor Theology, Peace, and Mission, Eastern Mennonite University; and Jennifer Davis Sensenig, pastor Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia

Ethical issues of medical care

Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Issues of access, justice and understanding the medical system during the pandemic

Facilitators include Donald Tyson, Professor of Nursing and Director of MSN Programs , Eastern Mennonite University; and Catherine Lee, MDiv, Hospice Chaplain, University of North Carolina Hospitals

Biblical resources for despair and hope

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 3:00 - 4:30 pm EDT

Biblical literature that gives voice to human despair and theologically responsible use of scripture for hope in life and death

Facilitators include Nancy Heisey, Professor of Bible and Religion, Associate Dean Eastern Mennonite Seminary; Andrea Saner, Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew Language Eastern Mennonite Seminary; Matthew Bucher, Pastor of Immanuel Mennontie Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and is a STAR (Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Resilience) certified trainer.

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