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Nina plans and facilitates retreats, seminars, webinars, and educational workshops. Below are SOME of the topics currently available. Custom requests to meet your specific needs are also encouraged.
Some programs offer Continuing Education Hours for social workers, chaplains, police officers, and more. Please inquire for more information.
The National Association of Social Workers -PA Chapter will award 8 CEs upon completion of this course.
The provider of this educational event has designed the program so that it may be considered by participants for use as continuing education to enhance the professional knowledge and pastoral competency of chaplains certified through the Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc.® an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains™
A People Afire
Now included in the WE THIRST series, this educational and contemplative evening will suggest and encourage specific community action plans. We will recall our Christian identity as "a people" with a mission to serve and consider tangible ways to put that mission into action in the midst of the addiction epidemic utilizing the tools and resources of the AFIRE® movement.
Letting Love In
Acceptance is one of the keys to spiritual freedom and inner peace. We are told to accept ourselves, others, and situations in our lives, but oftentimes it is we who have to let go, open our arms, and allow ourselves to be accepted. God is love, but even His love must be accepted. Have we considered allowing God to accept us and love us exactly as we are? Do we have the courage to sit vulnerably open to receive His infinite love? If not, what is blocking us? This retreat will explore our deep desire and need to be accepted for who we are. Join us as we let go of guilt and shame and vulnerably open our minds, hearts and arms to embrace God’s acceptance and let Him love us completely.
Choices: The Hinges of Destiny
Join us as we walk alongside Jesus of Nazareth and consider the radical choices he made at pivotal moments in his life. Just as Jesus’ choices reveal much about who he is, our choices reveal who we are. We will also reflect on our own choices and discern if our decisions are authentically Christian. Each evening will include lectures, meditations, private contemplative activities, music, and more!
I'm Spiritual, Not Religious
This young adult retreat (ages 21-35) will explore authentic Christian spirituality in a secular age. What does it mean to be spiritual but not religious? How can young adults feel at home and inspired in an age-old religion with its ancient traditions? These questions and more will be explored in an environment that will encourage openness, speculation, and even doubt. Feel free to raise questions, but be ready to explore questions deep within yourself as well. The day will be filled with lectures, meditations, activities, music, and more!
THE PROVEN BENEFITS OF SPIRITUALITY IN HEALTH AND RECOVERY
Spirituality has long been respected as "a driving force in (addiction) recovery, yet it is simultaneously an increasingly disputed resource. As the field of science thankfully becomes more involved in the treatment of addiction, the role of spirituality is becoming somewhat unclear and more intensely debated. Proponents on either side of the pendulum frequently argue vehemently for or against its necessity and validity. Such all or nothing mentality is a disservice to those suffering because as human beings we are comprised of body, mind and spirit. This reality necessitates a holistic approach to treatment of a disease that impacts all aspects of human nature. This presentation will define and explore the nature of authentic spirituality and is evidence-based role in addiction recovery.
Comfort the Sorrowful
An evening of prayer and presentations on the Spiritual Work of Mercy: Comforting the Sorrowful. Nina explores the meaning of mercy and our obligation to perform these works. What does comfort look like? How do we give and receive it? What does our faith teach us about the comfort of God and comforting others? All this and more is presented with lecture, music, meditation, and prayer to enlighten the mind and awaken the soul.
Masterpiece in the Making
Like fine art elegantly displayed in a museum, the holy lives of saints often appear pristine. In both instances, a little research into the events that led up to the magnificent end result is likely to expose a much less appealing image. In fact the lives of great artists and holy saints prove that the process of creating a fine work of art and a holy life is often frustrating, messy, chaotic, confusing, and filled with mistakes and corrections. Join us as we learn to accept the disorder and imperfections of our lives and recognize that the beautiful end result we desire is perhaps being created right here and now. It’s just not ready for the museum quite yet!
Matt Talbot Retreats
Nina is an approved facilitator for the Matt Talbot Retreat Movement. She plans and facilitates retreats for both men and women on a variety of topics for these groups.