Learning how to minister to one another.

The Circle is a monthly educational forum that is open to all who are interested in understanding the variety of needs—mental health issues, end-of-life decisions, spiritual crises and more—that arise in a community of faith. The Circle is an open space for conversations about health, wellness and spirituality.

Following are our programs for the fall. All sessions begin at 9:30 am in the Corning Logan Room, on the fifth floor of the Curry Church House. RSVPs are requested to Lance Hurst ([email protected]).

Fall Classes

Sunday, Oct. 28

Coping with Chronic Illness

Chronic illness can affect your quality of life and the lives of your loved ones and caregivers as well. This may cause you to feel overwhelmed, worn out and alone. This presentation provides skills, techniques and strategies to more effectively cope day to day. Our guest instructor is Juliette Kleinman, LCSW, senior social work manager, the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Touched by Suicide: A Complicated Grief

Every person who dies by suicide leaves “suicide survivors”—people who have lost a dearly beloved family member or friend. The grieving process for survivors can be traumatic, complex and isolating. Dan Hale leads a conversation about how the faith community can care for people whose lives have been touched by suicide. Hale is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Sunday, Dec. 16

When Christmas Sings the Blues

The holidays can be stressful! Many people struggle with feelings of sadness and loneliness while everyone else seems to be merry and bright. Ellen Theg offers strategies and practices for self-care and care for others that can mitigate the Christmas blues. Theg is a psychotherapist and bereavement counselor with the Bereavement Center of Westchester.

If you are interested in assisting the Congregational Care staff in providing pastoral care on call to members and friends of the church, we invite you to become caregiving volunteer. To sign up, please click here.