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Taking It Home, Workshop 6: Caring For Ourselves And Each Other

In "Harvest the Power," a Tapestry of Faith program

Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward. — Kurt Vonnegut, 20th-century American novelist

You may wish to journal about these questions:

  • In what ways am I currently taking good care of myself?
  • In what ways could I take better care of myself?
  • Do I currently feel joy or satisfaction in my congregational work?
  • Does my congregational involvement feel like a chore or obligation?
  • Are there changes I need to make in my life or in the way in which I interact with the congregation?

Invite family members and friends to reflect with you on these questions.

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You may wish to add resources that informed this workshop to your congregation's leadership library:

Baab, Lynne M., Beating Burnout in Congregations (Alban Institute, 1989)

Benefiel, Margaret, Soul at Work: Spiritual Leadership in Organizations ( New York : Seabury, 2005)

Masten, Ric, Ric Masten Speaking (Watsonville, California: Paper Mache Press, 1990)

Oliver, Mary, Dreamwork (New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 1986)

Palmer, Parker J. Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999).

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Last updated on Saturday, October 29, 2011.

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