The Dynamics of Hope was originally written when I was working as a Hospital Chaplain at Banner Thunderbird Hospital in Glendale, AZ. It was written for medical and social service staff to enable them to discuss issues of hope and spirituality with their patients. Since then, it has been presented in other hospitals, for congregations training volunteers to help people living with serious illness, to the National Association of Jewish Chaplains, the Association of Professional Chaplains, groups of people living with serious and chronic illness and other organizations.
When I presented it at the Wellness Community in Phoenix, participants suggested that they would like to discuss experiencing joy while they are struggling to live with life-threatening illness, and then they suggested forgiveness. Then multiple loss became a focus, leading to the Dynamics of Life.
All workshops are Interactive Powerpoint discussions, ideal for people living with serious illness, their loved ones and caregivers, with very practical implications for hospitals, hospices, clergy, social workers, medical practices, volunteers, and others. All can be adapted to meet the needs and interests of sponsoring organizations. Participants will gain new understanding of the concepts of hope, joy, forgiveness, and life and will be able to draw direct implications from the workshops for their work.
All Dynamics Workshops can be presented as 1/2 day workshops or as a two hour workshop.
❖ We tailor fees to meet the budget of the sponsoring organization.
The Dynamics of Forgiveness
Starting with the Biblical story of Joseph, this workshop follows the path from injury, pain and slavery to forgiveness. How can you forgive the unforgivable?
paradigms of forgiveness
Participants will be able to demonstrate how “unforgivers” bear the burden by holding on to a grudge, and will be able to help others “unpack” their anger at others. They will be able to discuss unrealistic expectations of other people, establish plans for letting go of anger and negative experiences.
The Dynamics of Life (a work in progress, as it were)
Starting with Psalm 23, this workshop focuses on the path through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, with close reading and discussion of this text and others for insights into life and death. The workshops focuses on Psalms, poetry and literary responses to suffering and multiple loss.
finding comfort after loss
poetry on life and loss
find a new “normal”
gratitude and memory
Participants will be able to talk about significant loss and the often unanticipated changes that happen in our lifetimes. They will recognize that we do not know the ending of our own stories, and will gain insights through different forms of expression. They will be able to understand and to offer comfort.
The Dynamics of Joy
Starting with the Biblical story of the crossing of the Red Sea, this workshop focuses on celebrating the moment, enjoying life, even when we know it is limited.
laughter as medicine
finding time for joy each day
Participants will be able to identify when there is a fixation on negative experiences, empower others to experience joy, and provide opportunities to others to express joy and gratitude, even when there are significant life challenges.
The Dynamics of Hope
Beginning with the Book of Ruth and Naomi's inability to see hope, this workshop helps envision the transformation from despair to hope.
understanding and identifying despair
the ways in which hope changes
G!d, prayer and hope
Participants will be able to identify despair, recognize that no situation is hopeless, and will be able to demonstrate with patients (or others) how to find hope that is realistic, aware and abiding.
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