A note about the virus. Many of our faith community partners have made the difficult decision to suspend gatherings at their churches.
For those churches that were in the midst of their workshops when social distancing began, please continue once you are back offering programs. I would recommend checking in with your participants each week via telephone and spend some time in your first workshop back to talk about the experience and how it has affected them in their grief journey.
We will do our best to fill orders for materials for those who will offer the program once decisions are made to return to a more regular schedule.
As for the Facilitator Training Schools scheduled to date, It is my hope that the school we are working on for the Gulf Coast for May 28 -30 will be able to go on . Decisions about moving forward we will be made to ensure the well-being of participants and instructors. The school in Tulsa has been postponted.
Our prayers are with those who are working on the front lines in fighting the virus - Medical care workers - scientists - first responders and all those who are striving to ensure that we have food and necessary provisions. We pray also for those afflicted with the virus. I offer the following prayer from Episcopal Relief and Development for each of us as we move through these uncertain times
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
This we pray in Christ our Lord. Amen.
We are working on Facilitator Training dates for 2020. Look for news about training in the Gulf Shores area and in Scottsdale.
Not a school near you - consider hosting a school at your church information available on our Facilitator Training page. Please contact Catherine Gilbert at email@example.com for more information.
As 2019 closes I wish to express my deep gratitude to all the faith communities and facilitators that partner with us to minister to those in grief.
We are excited to announce that Fransico Todd has joined our team to assist our faith community partners with orders. Francisco is new to Arizona and joined our home church, St. Anthony on the Desert. All orders are placed by emailing Francisco at firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you and your church interested in Walking the Mourner's Path?
We are beginning to schedule Facilitator Training Schools for the 2019 calendar year and are looking for churches that are willing to host the training school. This is a great way to train a number of facilitators and have us come to you!
Contact Catherine Gilbert at email@example.com to learn more and begin planning.
Catherine and Susan are hosting a booth in the Exhibit Hall for the Weekend Marketplace -
July 6th - 9th. Booth #1136.
Stop by and say hello!
We are excited that Trinity Episcopal Church in Omaha NE will be hosting a Facilitator Training School August 16-18, 2018. These are new dates due to scheduling conflicts. Registration forms are available by clicking the Facilitator Training tab.
This article by Jane Brody is great and reflects current understanding on grieving.
We are pleased to announce that the dates have been set for the Facilitator Training School at Trinity Episcopal Church in Omaha NE. The school will be held June 21-23, 2018. Thank you to The Rev. Steven King for helping us bring the program to a new community!
Interested in becoming a Facilitator and offering the workshops in your community?
There are two upcoming Facilitator Training Schools:
- February 8-10 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Desoto TX
- March 1-3 at Trinity Episcopal Church in New Orleans.
Go to the Facilitator Training page for registrations forms and more information.