NEHM Conference a Success!
A few notes from the conference:
- Overall Evaluation Score of Conference: 4.87 out of 5
- 75 participants
- Next year's conference dates have been announced! Plan now to join us May 9-11, 2013 at the Maritime Institute in Baltimore, MD!
Obviously, the high overall evaluation score is one indicator of the value felt by those attending the conference. We are grateful that the conference was such a joyful experience for so many. It's almost impossible to put into words the shared experience of the week, but I'd like to share with you a few comments from our participants:
The Veterans track along with the other workshops I attended made me realize that so many of us (humans) are suffering trauma.Not just from war, but also from everyday life and work.Not just physical but mental,and moral and spiritual. This conference has really made me contemplate how many of these "traumas" effect individual's health, lives, families and communities. How can we recognize it in our lives, congregations and those we serve. If we cant prevent it, how can we use the Spirit to help people, nurture healing and teach coping?
The greatest gift was the work of Edwina Gately and Scott Stoner in giving a very fine theological framework from which to do the healing ministries.
This NEHM conference was a transformative experience in my life and ministry. I can't thank you enough for all you did to organize the conference and make me feel welcome.
The thing that I love the most about these conferences is the community building and support and ideas we get for our local ministries. It is such a time of renewal and definitely falls into the category of "self care" for me, which I am notoriously bad at.
I have said over and over again, when I tell people of my experience, that I was spiritually fed from begining to end. I never felt that I did not belong although I am not clergy or in the medical field. The people were all so accepting and supporting. It was one of the best events I have ever attended. I am so thankful I was able to go. I plan on going to next years conference.
The [DeKoven] Center was almost magical in many ways. writing on the ribbons and hanging them on tree in the Bishop's garden was inspiring. having a chance to get chair massage was great. most of all I enjoyed being with everyone. the blessings of the hands was priceless and beautiful.
I re-learned the importance of the connection between Spiritual and Physical health in body and mind. As well as the huge importance of bringing the Spiritual Component into the lives of those providing care. Caring for others when your spiritual fuel tank is empty is not good for anyone.
I am starting a low maintenance parish nurse ministry at a small Episcopal church and I thought that Mr. Nickerson's session on Friday a.m. was fantastic. I enjoyed every break out session -- I learned something from them all!