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Course and Certificate Opportunities

Illinois

North Park Seminary’s Certificate in Faith and Health

The interdisciplinary Certificate in Faith and Health is offered in collaboration with the North Park University School of Nursing. The certificate is designed to provide core concepts to support clergy and health professionals in ministries of health. The certificate can provide a concentration within a degree or stand-alone for non-degree seeking students. Options in course format allow for distance learning.  For more information contact Professor Mary Chase-Ziolek at mchase-ziolek@northpark.edu or by phone at 773-244-6201.

Wisconsin 

Companions in Ministry welcomes applications

Marquette University’s Companions in Ministry is an ecumenical support program for Christian pastors in southeast Wisconsin, seeking to improve their spiritual and professional well-being.  The program engages 180 pastors from diverse denominations in prayer, retreats, supportive relationships, spiritual companionship and group discussions. Companions in Ministry welcomes applications for Cohort Two. Small “affinity” groups for Cohort Two include: Senior/Soon to Retire Pastors; Pastors Serving Small Congregations (250 or less); Mid-Career Pastors; Female Pastors; Pastors Who Are Parents / Guardians. Learn more and register.

Contemplative Renewal welcomes applications 

The Ecumenical Center for Clergy Spiritual Renewal hosts a two-year “Contemplative Renewal” for early and mid-career clergy at Holy Wisdom Monastery, an ecumenical monastery outside of Madison. This unique experience is available at no cost, thanks to grants.  Early and mid-career ordained pastors, currently serving half-time or more in a congregational setting, are invited to apply for the next cohort, to begin in July 2020. See more details. Questions? Contact Rev. Jerry Buss (608) 836-1631 ext. 163 or Rev. Nancy Enderle (608) 836-1631 ext. 114.

Faith and Freedom Tour

March 13-20 or March 20-27, Bus tour departs from Milwaukee.  Join this pilgrimage exploring American slavery and Black American Civil Rights in Alabama. Enhance your on-going commitment to racial justice by engaging in deeper conversations of racism in the United States and how it intersects with one’s faith. Highlights include visiting the16th Street Baptist Church, Edmund Pettus Bridge, The Legacy Museum, The National Memorial for Peace and Justice.  For more information: rhonda@raceandfaith.org or (414) 736-0523.

 Become an Evidence-Based Wellness Program Facilitator

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging is offering a unique opportunity to become a trained facilitator/leader in any of the following evidence-based health promotion programs:

  • Healthy Living with Chronic Pain,
  • Healthy Living with Diabetes(including Spanish version: Vivir Saludable con Diabetes),
  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions(including Spanish version: Tomando Control de Su Salud),
  • Stepping On
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers.

The facilitator training schedule can be found at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging’s website.

Illinois and Wisconsin

Online Health Minister Certificate Program

Wesley Theological Seminary’s Heal the Sick Program is offering a 10-week Online Health Minister Certificate program, Jan. 26 – April 4. The course is designed to equip train faith community members, clergy, public health professionals, social workers, chaplains, and others to support whole-person health in many settings. The certificate was developed using the Health Ministries Association’s publication “The Health Minister Role: Guidelines and Foundational Curriculum Elements, 2nd Edition.”Register by Jan. 8 here.   Questions? Contact Tom Pruski or call (202) 706-6843.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Interested in enhancing your pastoral skills, discerning a vocational change, or meeting seminary, ordination and/or board-certified chaplaincy requirements? Advocate Aurora Health offers Clinical Pastoral Education programs in and between Green Bay, Wisconsin and Bloomington, Illinois in a range of contexts from inner city medical centers to rural community hospitals. Learn more.

Opportunities at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, and Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL.

Opportunities at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Barrington, IL; Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin, IL, and Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn, WI.

Opportunities at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Downers Grove, IL.

Opportunities at Aurora Health Care Metro, Inc., CPE in Milwaukee and other Advocate Aurora sites.

Opportunities at Aurora Health Medical Centers in North and Central Wisconsin.

Come Alive! An Eight Session Program for a More Abundant Spiritual and Physical Life

Come Alive! is a new, evidence-based curriculum for Christian congregations that makes the connection between spiritual and physical well-being. Throughout this topical small group study, you will discover spiritual practices to strengthen your relationship with God, and proven ways to incorporate anti-inflammatory natural whole foods & activities to improve your health. Find more information here, or contact Angela Stephenson at angela@livingabundantlyministries.org or 630-200-2533.

A joint project of Advocate Health Care & the OCEAN-HP at the University of Illinois at Chicago.