“If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.
If you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
This study that covers the following topics - - - - Forgiveness: What it is/What it is not; Forgiveness: Repentance Required???; Forgiveness: Of Others (How is it done?); Forgiveness: Of Self (What Blocks it?); Forgiveness: What About Reconciliation?
The format can use as many as ten sessions (45 minutes) or as few as five sessions depending on the depth required. It uses numerous bibliographic materials while emphasizing Everett Worthington's text.
By attending these classes you can expect to learn to:
· Define for yourself and others an authentic meaning of forgiveness
· Outline the steps to forgiving others for offenses committed
· Provide the self-care given when forgiveness becomes personal
· Find and use Biblical sources to address contemporary forgiveness questions
· Clearly distinguish between the necessity of forgiveness and the possibility of reconciliation
The Gift of Anger
Carroll Saussy’s book, The Gift of Anger, is the basis of this study. Several other authors’ writings are also presented. This is very appropriate for an adult education setting. This presentation can be in a 3 or 4 week format.
Pastoral Counselor Looks at Shame
This study loosely followed the outline of Robert Jewett’s book, St. Paul Returns to the Movies. It incorporates the use of several recent film clips to explore the topic of shame. This presentation can be in a 3 to 6-week format.
The Christian Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love
This is a seven-week (or longer) series looking at the three Christian virtues highlighted by St. Paul in I Cor. 13. We use such writers as Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Frederick Buechner, Jurgen Moltmann, Bernard of Clairvaux, and even Mike Yaconelli.
Parenting of Adolescents
This is a six-week presentation for parents or even grandparents of older children and adolescents. Topics covered include: Developing Responsibility, Encouragement of your Child, and Effective Discipline. Several current parenting texts fill the bibliography.
The Gift (?) Of Fear
We begin this study with a quick review of Gavin DeBecker’s 1997 book, The Gift of Fear, and then go quickly to scripture to examine the questionable title. Of course, the psychological concept of anxiety is also included. This presentation can be covered in 3 or 4 sessions.
Other Presentations Delivered and Available Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator --- A one-day retreat
Alzheimer’s Disease --- Caring for Yourself So You can Care for Your Loved One
Atonement: The Need for a Savior (a 7 session study)
Man Enough --- How Does a Boy Learn to be a Man?
Single By Chance: Living With the Death of a Spouse
Lectio Divina --- Using an Ancient Model for Scripture Study
Helping Children Cope with Divorce (Meets TN requirements)
Family Systems --- A one-day staff retreat for a multi-staff parish