The Father: The Heart of Jesus’ Ministry and the Key to Living a Contemplative Life
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Workshop Level: Intermediate
NACC Certification Competencies: PIC2, PIC 3.2, PPS8
Charles W. Sidoti, BA, BCC
Coordinator of Spiritual Care, Cleveland Clinic South Pointe Hospital
Warrensville Heights, OH
The healing power behind Jesus’ words and miracles are in its ability to lead us to the realization of God’s real presence in creation, in our daily lives, and within our very selves. The life of Jesus epitomizes what it means to live a “contemplative life.” This presentation discusses the concept of God as Father as referred to by Jesus as the key to living such a life. Jesus’ teaching of God as Father is intended to lead us to a trusting, hope-filled relationship with God in our daily lives. It has tremendous implications for our delivery of spiritual care.
As a result of this workshop, participants will:
- Be able to describe or express the deeper meaning behind Jesus’ words, and healing ministry
- Be able to express a new understanding or appreciation of the image of God the Father and its relationship to what it means to live a “contemplative life.”
- List a minimum of three different ways that one’s personal image of (or way of seeing) God can positively or negatively impact the delivery of spiritual care we provide.
Educational Materials (recommended books, articles, or websites for participants to review prior to the workshop)
- Jesus, the Way to Freedom. Donald P. Gray
- Encounters with Silence. Karl Rahner
- Living at God’s Speed, Healing in God’s Time. Charles Sidoti
Presentation Materials (items to be brought to the workshop and/or presentation materials)
– None provided by the workshop presenter(s)
The NACC categorizes workshops on three levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. The definitions of each level are provided below.
Beginner: Basic information on the topic for those with little background in the area.
Intermediate: Basic plus additional information on the topic for those with some background in the area.
Advanced: Specialized information on the topic for those with extensive experience and/or knowledge in the area.
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