Loving the Hell out of Our Neighborhood
A 6-week course introducing trauma-informed ministry in the neighborhood


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. 


This course, taught by Elaine Heath and Jeanine Heath-McGlinn--a theologian and a therapist—is based on six themes in their forthcoming memoir, Loving the Hell Out of Ourselves (and Others).  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

"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

Jeanine Heath-McGlinn 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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  • ​Six Wednesdays beginning March 2 through April 6, 2022

  • Virtual Class via ZOOM, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET

  • ZOOM link will be provided via email no later than two days prior to the beginning of the class. Please add office.manager@neighborhoodseminary.org to your contact list to ensure that you receive future emails.

  • 1.5 Clergy/Ministerial Professional CEU's available

  • 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



Early Bird Registration: $100 (will end February 9, 2022)

Regular Registration: $125 (will close March 1, 2022)

Continuing Education Units: $10

Registration will open soon!

If you have any questions, please contact Dina Helderman.


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Elaine Heath is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church and has served as the McCreless Professor of Evangelism at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and as Dean and Professor of Missional and Pastoral Theology at Duke Divinity School, Duke University. She co-founded and now serves as president of Neighborhood Seminary. She is the author of eleven books. Elaine lives at Spring Forest, a small farm and intentional community near Hillsborough, North Carolina, with her husband Randall. They enjoy kayaking, hiking, camping, movies, and campfires, and spending time with their family and friends.