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Caring for the City

Caring for the City” is a community based educational program committed to training local clergy to support and respond to the emotional and spiritual needs within their congregation and community.

The objective is to enable congregational spiritual caregivers to:

  1. Provide emotional and spiritual support
  2. Provide theological resources for health management
  3. To receive and provide health and wellness education
  4. To address social determinants of health including health disparities
  5. Demonstrate a positive impact on the lives in our communities by providing spiritual care and support

Training and Orientation

“Caring for the City” will provide a series of training sessions to offer some basic preparation for spiritual care. Our next session will begin Spring/Summer 2019 on Tuesday, May 14 and ending July 2 at the Mary Harvin Transformation Center (1600 N Chester Street, Baltimore, MD 21213).  We will meet each Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. To apply, please return your completed application  and $25.00 application fee to Linda Johnson-Harvey (ljohn151@jhmi.edu) or 600 North Wolfe Street, Hurd 101, Baltimore, MD 21287. The deadline to apply for the Spring/Summer 2019 program is Wednesday, April 24. For more information, please contact Rev. Christopher Brown at cbrow184@jhmi.edu.  

Attendance is required at all training sessions.

Possible topics will include:

  • Overview of Spiritual Care and the Community
  • The Art of Pastoral Conversation
  • Supporting Perinatal Loss
  • Spiritual Resources and Mental Health
  • Listening Skills
  • Caring for the Dying and Dynamics of Grief
  • Ethical Issues and Ineffective Care
  • Spiritual Care and Substance Abuse
  • Anxiety and Caring

There will be an application and interview process.  Following the program there will be monthly meetings for support and continuing education.  At the conclusion of the program, Medical-Religious partners would host a graduation dinner for the graduates, family, and faculty.