Those who tend to the spiritual lives of others now serve increasingly diverse populations whose relationships to touch, pain, confinement, discipline, authority, and embodiment itself are strongly influenced by their cultures of origin. Such culturally specific beliefs color the spiritual experience of healthcare, prison, and military environments -- all of which offer unique opportunities for spiritual transformation from within constricted bodily circumstances.
The Bodies of “Others” takes physical hardship not as an objective fact, but as a personal and cultural experience. Using their own body-based and social intelligences, participants learn qualities of presence, non-verbal communication skills, and techniques of cultural inquiry that will increase their sensitivity in connecting with patients, prisoners, and military personnel whom they view as different from themselves -- “other.”
The workshop combines lecture with experiential techniques to help clergy and chaplains understand and work deeply with the embodied spiritual lives of their culturally diverse constituents and their families.
The Bodies of “Others” is normally offered as a
Other formats are also possible.