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  • (Luke 4:18-19)

    Heal(thy) Self Webinar Recording

    "Avenues to Wholeness: Heal(thy) Self" Webinar
    Silence as a Spiritual Discipline for Wholeness

    On October 31, 2019 American Baptist Women’s Ministries hosted a webinar Avenues to Wholeness: Heal(thy) Self. The late theologian Henri Nouwen wrote that “without solitude it is almost impossible to live a spiritual life.” Living in a world of constant noise and distractions, we are exhausted and disconnected. Yet, scriptures commands us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Many of us fear silence because it forces us to slow down and listen to our mind, body, and spirit.  Being still and silent ushers us into the presence of God and in touch with our true selves. This webinar will focus on silence as a spiritual discipline that connects us to our maximum health and wholeness. 

    To get an idea of what was covered in the webinar, read the following seven points: 
    1.  1 Kings 19:11-13; Psalm 46:10
    2. Silence the mind is the first step
    3. Fearing intimacy prevents us from silencing the noise
    4. Silence as a Spiritual Discipline is about balance
    5. Pay attention to your breathing
    6. We are afraid of silence because we are afraid ourselves
    7. Questions to ask oneself: How much noise is really in my life and where is it coming from? Why am I afraid of silence? How do begin to heal my mind, body and spirit through silence?
    Here are helpful resources mentioned in the webinar:

    Guest Presenter: Rev. Dr. Regina Langley, PhD
    Rev. Dr. Regina D. Langley was introduced to silence as a spiritual discipline by the late theologian Henri Nouwen through her work as a Community Minister at the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C.  As an ordained Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, she has facilitated workshops on the discipline and benefits of silence in church communities, on college campuses, and for faith-based organizations for more than twenty years.  Using silence as a healing practice, Dr. Langley has worked with persons recovering from trauma, abuse, homelessness, and substance abuse. 
         Dr. Langley regularly facilitates women’s workshops and retreats, and life-coaching services through her “365 Days” organization, using the motto “Do the Work.” Encouraging her clients “to be” present and focus on their physical, spiritual, and emotional well-being every day of the year. Dr. Langley earned her Ph.D. and Master of Divinity degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, NJ; the Master of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH; and the Bachelor of Arts from American University in Washington, D.C. 

    Watch the webinar here!

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