Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers
8-week course on Thursdays
Facilitated by Charles Kiser, DMin,
with guest appearances from Elaine Heath, PhD
Thursdays, April 27 to June 15, 2023
7:30-9 pm EST / 6:30-8 pm CST / 5:30-7 pm MST /
4:30-6 pm PST (USA)
We live in the wake of George Floyd’s murder and an awakening in the white American church to its complicity in white supremacy and systemic racism; in the wake of riots at US Capitol fueled by Christian nationalism; in the wake of notable megachurch meltdowns; in the midst of significant decline in the American church; and in the midst of widespread faith deconstruction among folks who have been harmed by the Church because of their gender, sexuality, race (or any number of other reasons). Many question if Christianity is worthy of participation, given the bad fruit it often bears.
If the Church is to faithfully bear witness to the good road of God’s kingdom in this context, it must reckon with the pain it has caused its neighbors, the spiritual abuse experienced in religious communities, and the resulting religious trauma neighbors carry in their bodies and minds. Christians who want to love these neighbors well must adopt trauma-informed postures in order to be sources of healing rather than harm.
Charles Kiser (joined on occasion by Elaine Heath) leads the course through TRAUMA-INFORMED EVANGELISM: Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers, equipping participants with an understanding of spiritual abuse and religious trauma, theological imagination about religious trauma and healing, and trauma-informed postures that help individuals and churches relate to their neighbors in loving and healing ways.
8 Thursdays beginning April 27 through June 15, 2023
Classes meet April 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8, 15
Virtual course via ZOOM
7:30-9:00 pm EST/ 6:30-8:00 pm CST/ 5:30-7:00 pm MST/ 4:30-6:00 pm PST (USA)
Course outline and reading assignments provided after course registration
Zoom link provided one week prior to start of first class.
Each weekly session is 90 minutes long and includes:
A trauma-informed centering practice
Creative engagement with the focus chapters of the week from Kiser and Heath’s book
Small group discussion in breakouts
A “weekly adventure” -- a suggested activity to put the course into practice that week
$175 per person | $50 minimum registration fee | 1.5 CEUs: $10
Registration closes April 10, 2023 at 5 pm
Cancellations must be made by April 10, 2023, at 5 pm.
Registration fee minus $25 cancellation fee will be refunded.
Participants purchase a personal copy of the book in their preferred format:
TRAUMA-INFORMED EVANGELISM: Cultivating Communities of Wounded Healers,
Eerdmans 2023, ISBN: 978-0802882356
*If you have any questions, please contact Pansy Crumpler.
ABOUT CHARLES KISER
Charles (DMin, Northern Seminary) is a pastor and theologian with Storyline Christian Community in Dallas, Texas, a network of missional communities he helped to form. He is passionate about creative expressions of Christian community, contemplative spirituality, and healing spiritual trauma. Charles and his wife have three great kids and a Boston Terrier named Gus. He likes to watch good movies, play board games, and go to Camp Gladiator.
ABOUT ELAINE HEATH
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: www.elaineaheath.org.
Contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Source: https://www.springforest.org. Used with permission, 2023).