Today marks the end of the Pastoral Care Year students’ spring learning circle – a full two-and-a-half weeks of intensive learning. Here are some images…
The learning circle started at St. Peter’s Lutheran, a block from the CCS offices, with community building and sessions on healing, mental health, and worship.
The second week was made up of student-led sessions on anger, addictions, violence, end of relationships, suicide, and dementia in the morning, followed by time with “seasoned” (or spicy!) diaconal ministers in the afternoon, exploring diaconal formation, pastoral care with seniors, advocacy, and practicing sermons.
The third week was focused on right relations with Indigenous peoples, and was called “We Are All Treaty People.” Guests included Bishop Mark MacDonald (National Indigenous bishop of the Anglican Church), Steve Heinrichs (director of Indigenous/Settler relations for the Mennonite Church of Canada and editor of Buffalo Shout, Salmon Cry), and Stan and Dot McKay as elders. On Wednesday the Pastoral Care students went up to the Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre to join the learning circle of students there and to share in some powerful story-telling.
As this is the last learning circle the student will have with program staff member Ted Dodd, they presented him with a caricature of himself wearing bright blue sneakers and a blue plaid shirt … and then presented him with the shoes and shirt to match. The shoes were meant to symbolize the students gratitude for the time Ted spent journeying with them. …The shirt represented a shirt.