As our society cautiously enters a new phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, this Zoom meeting will be an opportunity for those providing Pastoral leadership and care in this unprecedented situation to:
• take inventory of their own spiritual, emotional, and intellectual well-being
• and gain tools to help them process through their own experiences before fulling immersing into a new set of decisions and ministry shifts
Dr. Kristina Ricketts Gutiérrez of the Midwest Ministry Development will have a presentation on clergy mental health and self-care during a crisis, to be followed by the opportunity for small group discussion and reflection. Mental health advocate, Rev. Walter Lanier, Pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee, will also be participating in the conversation and sharing his observations. We will also share some resources for ongoing cle
Dr. Kristina Ricketts Gutiérrez brings a rich array of ministry, counseling, and teaching experiences to her teaching and ministry. She has ministered in churches, led ministry organizations, taught in seminaries and other professional settings in the mainland U.S., Puerto Rico, Bolivia, Chile, and Nicaragua, and served as a counselor to individuals and families. Since 2007, she has been a pastoral counselor at the Columbus office of Midwest Ministry Development Service and has counseled and taught hundreds of pastors and others in ministry.
Walter J. Lanier is the Director of Multicultural Affairs and Community Engagement at Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). He is also pastor of Progressive Baptist Church in Milwaukee. Progressive is very active in the Milwaukee community and is particularly recognized for its work in the areas of mental health, anti-violence and HIV/AIDS prevention. In 2012, he formed "MIRACLE" (Mental Illness - Raising Awareness with Church and Community Leaders Everywhere) which is a collaboration of faith-based leaders, community leaders and people with lived experience.