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Faith Distress Group: Drop-In Support/Discussion Group

Mondays 1:00pm to 2:30pm beginning Jan 28th, 2019 – TSC 310B

Purpose of the Group

This group is an opportunity for students to get together in a safe environment, learn from, and support each other. Each week, we will discuss pertinent issues related to faith that create stress (e.g., having faith doubts or internal conflict with elements of your faith, clarifying your spiritual identity, stresses associated with faith transitions, finding a spiritual place of belonging, talking to those of different faiths, etc.). The topic of the day will be motivated by those who participate that day. This group will be co-facilitated by Monique Frazier, a psychologist from USU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Bonnie Glass-Coffin, Anthropology Professor and Director of Interfaith Leadership Certificate Program.

 Expectations of Group Members

  1. In order for everyone to express opinions freely, we ask you not to discuss who attended the meeting and what other people said in the meeting with anyone outside of the group (confidentiality). We cannot legally guarantee confidentiality, but it is highly encouraged.
  1. Be respectful (take turns talking, be on time, be respectful of different opinions, no faith bashing, etc.).
  1. This group is not a counseling or therapy group. It is a place where we can learn from each other and discuss issues we are interested in or concerned with. If you are interested in receiving individual or group therapy to address personal concerns, speak with the facilitator from CAPS to find out how to receive these services.
  1. If the group is not meeting your needs or expectations, if there are situations in which you don’t feel comfortable, or if you have ideas on how to improve the group, the facilitators will be available briefly after each meeting and welcome your feedback.

Conversations with Clergy (Individual drop-in office hours)

Tuesdays 3:00pm to 5:00pm beginning Feb. 5, 2019 – Old Main 243

Purpose of the Drop-In Office Hours

We know that confidential conversations about matters of faith are best accommodated by clergy who have been trained to minister to your spiritual needs. Beginning in early February, 2019, local clergy members from various denominations and faith-traditions will be available from 3:00-5:00 pm in Old Main 243 to talk with students about concerns, questions, exploration related to matters of faith. This is a pilot project, so we are intentionally beginning small. If there is sufficient demand, this program will expand to include clergy of other faith traditions in the future. We encourage you to drop by and have a conversation with these well-trained clergy members about anything that is on your heart or mind.

Pastor MegPastor Meg will host our drop-in hours Feb 5, Feb 19, Mar 5, and Apr 16.

Bonnie photoIn addition to her role as a Professor in Anthropology and an Affiliate Professor in Religious Studies at USU, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin completed an M.Div. from All Paths Divinity School in Los Angeles, CA, and she received her ordination as an Interfaith/Interspiritual minister in 2015 at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Salt Lake City, Utah. She has been serving as a hospital chaplain intern since May 2017 in various hospitals in the greater Salt Lake area while completing her Clinical Pastoral Education at St. Mark's Hospital. Her own faith tradition is based in the earth-honoring rituals of South American (Peruvian) shamanism, which are described in the book she co-authored (with don Oscar Miro-Quesada) entitled "Lessons in Courage: Peruvian Shamanic Wisdom for Everyday Life" (Rainbow Ridge, 2013). Rev. Bonnie will host our drop-in hours Feb 12, Mar 26 and Apr 9.

Teri HermsmeyerRev. Teri Hermsmeyer

Pastor Teri recently celebrated her 10th anniversary of ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) at Prince of Peace Lutheran here in Logan, UT. She hails from Boulder, Colorado but has been in ministry in rural towns and plains of northeastern Colorado, the mountains around Conifer, CO, and currently an intentional interim pastor at Prince of Peace.  She has been a hospital and hospice chaplain, and is trained in Spiritual Direction through the Benet Hill Monastery in Colorado.  Having traveled the world, she is very open minded and welcoming to all faiths and traditions, and is active in ecumenical groups (Christians of all traditions).  Her hobbies are living vicariously through her adult children (31, 30, 27), puzzles of all kinds, hiking, and her new adventure of snowshoeing in Logan Canyon. Pastor Teri will host our drop-in hours Feb. 26, Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 23