Mental Health & Wellness Webinars and Online Training

Bishop Eaton message on suicide prevention

A message from ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton on suicide prevention. More resources can be found on the Lutheran Suicide Prevention Ministry website.

April 2023 Lunch and Learn Series:

Trauma, Ministry, and Faith in these Challenging Times

Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Kimberly Wagner serves as the Assistant Professor of Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary. Though she has served among the Lutherans and was educated among United Methodists, Dr. Wagner is ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Her current writing and work focus on preaching and ministry in the midst and wake of trauma, particularly thinking about collective trauma, the role of the preacher, and the resources of our Scriptures and faith to respond to these.

MARCH 2023 Lunch and Learn Series:

SpIrituality and Aging

Speaker: Pastor Ruth Sorenson, Director of Spiritual Care at Lyngblomsten and Spiritual Director with Front Porch Spiritual Direction, will be with us to talk about spirituality and aging. What role does, or can, faith play in the second half of our lives? If aging is a catalyst for spiritual growth, what and where are the opportunities to tend to the Spirit’s nudging?

February 2023 Lunch and Learn Series:

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness: How to Develop and Maintain a Wellness Plan

Speaker: Kelly Felton is a Suicide Prevention Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health and previously provided training and technical assistance, under supervision from the Minnesota Department of Human Services to local communities working on substance abuse prevention in West Central, Minnesota. Ms. Felton has a passion for empowering community leaders, organizations, and communities to ensure that all individuals have what they need to thrive.

January 2023 Lunch and Learn Series:

Internal Welcome and External Witness:
LGBTQ Youth Ministry

Speaker: Ross Murray is a Vice President at the GLAAD Media Institute, which provides activist, spokesperson, and media engagement training and education for LGBTQ and allied community members, the media industry and advocacy organizations desiring to deepen their media impact. Ross is also a founder and director of The Naming Project, a faith-based camp for LGBTQ youth and their allies. His book, Made, Known, Loved: Developing LGBTQ-Inclusive Youth Ministry is available from Fortress Press. Ross is a producer for the “Yass, Jesus!” podcast, a faith and sexuality affirming podcast that believes you don’t have to pick between gay and God. Ross is an ordained Deacon in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, with a specific calling to advocate for LGBTQ people and to bridge the LGBTQ and faith communities.

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December 2022 Lunch and Learn Series:

Spiritual Resilience: Christmas and Beyond

Speaker: Connie Fourré is an award-winning author and educator with 25 years’ experience in high school faith formation and wellness. In these turbulent times she offers a practical approach to developing spiritual resilience designed for people of all ages.

Mental & Spiritual Health: Tending to Ourselves and Others

Mental health in ministry begins with you. This webinar focuses on how to tend to our whole selves: body, mind and spirit by getting back to the basics of self-care, gaining insight to compassion fatigue, and learning new coping strategies that can be beneficial during times of uncertainty.

Lessen the Heavy Load

What can be done when uncertainty, constant change, big feelings and stress surround? This webinar gives an opportunity to gain self awareness, practice stress relief and develop doable action plans that can help lessen the heavy load.