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SPIRITUALITY FOR SUSTAINABILITY COHORTS

investing in Anchorage leaders' heads, hearts, and hands

We believe social service providers and ministry leaders who practice self-care and wellness—in particular those who take care of the spiritual part of themselves—experience a lower rate of burnout and turnover while performing better in their work.

Our focus is strengthening the social service and faith sectors by developing individuals' spiritual health towards sustainability in their work, and therefore strengthening the health of the organization and the quality of service for those being served.

We provide essential training and create communities of support amongst direct service providers in social service organizations or amongst ministry leaders in churches and other faith-based organizations. 

Regardless of how you define spirituality or the extent to which you consider yourself a spiritual person,

Everyone has a spirituality; it is not an optional part of being human.

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Build Community &

Cultivate Affinity 

The emphasis on self-care and spirituality is often on the individual. However, the work in your organization (and all of life) is not done solo but in relationship.

 

Developing one’s spirituality in a group:

  • Reflects the reality of work and life

  • Provides broad support in personal health and work

  • Creates a community that will foster a culture of spirituality as part of self-care and wellness in the organization

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Foster Spiritual

Formation

Spiritual formation is the process of continually being shaped by your beliefs and values. Spiritual practices are the formative spaces we slow down to reflect and discern how we are going to respond to and act in the world with intentionality.

Explore a menu of practices to respond to life and work in a healthy, wholistic way, including:

  • Meditation

  • Mindfulness Practices

  • Spiritual Direction

  • Contemplative Practices

  • Spiritual Disciplines

  • Community Formation

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Develop a 

"Spirituality from Below"

Our work can often cause a struggle or crisis of spirituality. Secondary trauma can be seen as carrying the darkness of what has been experienced with you, which can lead to apathy, despair, and burnout. 

A Spirituality from Below:

  • Developed from within the context of one's work and life

  • Provides a way of seeing and celebrating good news in hard places

  • Allows one to experience hope and be sustained, even within crisis.

objectives

 
 

Cohorts

 

Social service cohorts

  • Develop an understanding of the connection between spirituality and work by exploring the concepts of "Spirituality from Below" and a "Spirituality of Suffering."

  • Map your personal and organizational "hurt, heart, and hope" to inspire imagination​ toward tailored spiritual practices and asset-based growth.

  • Discover the necessity of personal and communal spiritual formation for sustainable work.

  • Explore and experience an expansive range of spiritual practices and establish a personal plan for sustainability.

  • Build a community of practice within your organization (or within a similar organization) to practice sustainable spiritual rhythms, support each other at a personal and spiritual level in the work, and strengthen the overall core community within the organization.

ministry leader cohorts

  • Develop an understanding and practice of spirituality that transcends your vocation.

  • Map the intersection between your personal and organizational "hurt, heart, and hope" toward developing generative spiritual practices and prompt asset-based growth.

  • Discover the necessity of personal and communal spiritual formation for sustainable work.

  • Explore and experience an expansive range of spiritual practices and establish a personal plan for sustainability.

  • Build a community of practice to explore and sustain spiritual rhythms, support each other in the work, and strengthen the overall faith community. 

Cohort Design

Cohort designs are flexible to accommodate the needs of your organization and to be as inclusive of as many staff as possible.

Opening

intensive

The opening intensive involves    three, three-hour sessions

over a three-day period

with facilitated discussion and engaging activities.

bi-monthly

check-ins

Six two-hour gatherings over a three-month period provide ongoing learning and support in building a community of practice.

Closing

intensive

The closing intensive is

one full day session to launch the community of practice and explore strategies for nurturing organizational culture.

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