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Loving the Hell
Out of Our Neighborhood

A 6-week course introducing trauma-informed
ministry in the neighborhood
Facilitated by Jeanine Hea
th-McGlinn and Elaine Heath
Thursdays, April 27 to June 1, 2023
6:30-8 pm EST / 5:30-7 pm CST / 4:30-6 pm MST / 3:30-5 pm PST (USA)
Registration coming soon!

How do we truly love God and our neighbor as ourselves, when so many of us bear trauma?


This six week introduction to trauma-informed ministry helps participants understand the nature and some common consequences of trauma, so as to be able to offer an empathetic and compassionate ministry of presence with neighbors and neighborhoods experiencing trauma. 

Elaine Heath, a theologian, and Jeanine Heath-McGlinn, a therapist, survived a childhood punctuated by violence, neglect, and abandonment. Both have become more than survivors, and thrive as gifted healers. Through their individual and inextricably woven stories, these sisters share, both in their memoir and in this course how they pulled each other out of the hell of shame, fear, poverty caused by their parents and toxic religion.  Their lives lived out of an abundance of grace and gratitude embody inspiration, hope and healing. 

This course is based on six themes in their memoir, Loving the Hell Out of Ourselves (a memoir)


Topics include:

  • Ditching the labels

  • Opening ourselves to love

  • From violence to vulnerability

  • Seeing the divine image in everyone

  • Asking a new set of questions

  • Living a life of grace

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What Participants Say

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"This course offers an invitation to hear Jeanine and Elaine‘s powerful childhood story, remember our own story, and open ourselves to God‘s liberating, healing love. It’s time to shed your shame, and courageously live into the truth of your being. God’s call to love our neighbor starts with loving ourselves with grace and compassion."

Rev. Vicki Walker

Minister of Mission and Outreach

Hyde Park UMC, Tampa, FL


Neighborhood Seminary is delighted to offer this course twice in 2023.

Spring:  April 27 - June 1

Fall:  September 21 - October 26



  • ​Six Thursdays beginning April 27 - June 1, 2023

  • 6:30 pm - 8 pm EST / 5:30 pm to 7 pm CST / 4:30 to 6 pm MST / 3:30 pm to 5 pm PST

  • Virtual course via ZOOM

  • ZOOM link will be provided via email one week prior to the first class.

FALL 2023

  • ​Six Thursdays beginning September 21 - October 26, 2023

  • 6:30 pm - 8 pm EST / 5:30 pm to 7 pm CST / 4:30 to 6 pm MST / 3:30 pm to 5 pm PST

  • Virtual course via ZOOM

  • ZOOM link will be provided via email one week prior to the first class.


  • Six weekly sessions of 90-minutes include:

    • Opening Scripture and Prayer

    • A Presentation About the Focus Chapter for Each Session

    • Small Group Conversations on Focus Questions in Breakout Rooms

    • Large Group Gathering for Closing Reflection and Prayer



Course Cost: $150 | Registration fee: $50 | 1.0 CEUs: $10

Registration for Spring course closes April 10, 2023, 5 pm.

Registration for Fall course closes September 7, 2023, 5 pm.

Cancellations for Spring course must be made by April 10, 2023, 5 pm.

Cancellations for Fall course must be made by September 7, 2023, 5 pm.

Registration fee minus $25 cancellation fee will be refunded.


Please add to your contact list to ensure that you receive future emails. If you have any questions, please contact Pansy Crumpler. 

Registration coming soon!

Jeanine is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice and a retired High School Counselor. As a therapist she works with couples, adults, and older teens. She is well known for her leadership, consultation, and professional development in crisis intervention, crisis response in schools, and suicide prevention. It is a sacred honor for her to travel with people on their journey from mental health struggles, trauma, loss, and pain to a place of resilient healing and hope. She has done the hard work that she asks of her clients, having overcome an impoverished and violent childhood. As a life-long Alaskan, Jeanine lives at the base of the Chugach Mountains in Anchorage, with her wife, Jackie. They enjoy family gatherings with their four children and spouses, and ten grandchildren. Camping, walking, skiing, reading a good book, and drinking strong coffee are some of her favorite things.

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Rev. Dr. Elaine A. Heath is Abbess of Spring Forest. Her vocational journey includes having served as Dean of the Divinity School at Duke University, and the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology. Much of her research, writing, and teaching in the academy and the church at large, has focused on the new monastic, missional church movement. She is a pioneer in new forms of theological education. In that capacity, Heath served as founding President of Neighborhood Seminary. The author of numerous books, she is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and served in traditional pastoral ministry prior to her academic ministry.

You can find out more about her at:

Contact Elaine at

(Source:  Used with permission, 2023).

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