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Men’s Institute: Facing Grief, Awakening to Healing

Tuesday, 14 April 2015
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Men’s Institute provides a safe space for men to meet with other men to explore the unique issues of masculine spirituality and how best to provide spiritual care to men. It is designed as a time for men to meet separately from women, to deepen their own self-understanding and ways of relating. 

Men experience a variety of losses during their lives, including the end of relationships, death of loved ones, termination of a job, or the loss of a dream. Facing loss can be an opening for spiritual growth and wholeness. Traditional grief theory, which focuses on getting in touch with feelings and talking to someone, doesn’t describe the way many men grieve. This workshop will explore the distinctive ways men grieve and how to companion them through the pain and fear into healing. 

The process will an include presentations by Dan Duggan about his model for male solitudinal grief, experiential times for the participants to explore how that model applies to their lives as men, and discussions about how to apply what is learned in providing spiritual care to men.

(Includes a midday meal)

Men's Institute USD$175

2015 Presenter

Dan Duggan has worked with men and grief as a Presbyterian pastor and professional chaplain for forty-three years, serving in congregations, psychiatric and medical hospitals, hospices, and a retirement community. He has worked with those facing grief and has provided educational training to professionals supporting those who are grieving. He has presented on men and grief at national Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) conferences and worked with and taught in the Resolve Through Sharing program through Gundersen Lutheran Health Services. He has been a leader in APC and ACPE for years, and taught hundreds of CPE students about grief.  His new book, Men, Grief & Solitude – A Different Perspective, describes the role of solitude in men’s grief work and healing.

2015 Planning Team

Bruce C. Calvin, MDiv, institute chair, spiritual director, volunteer chaplain at Capital Caring, SDI coordinating council member, from Washington, DC, USA.
Richard J. Bonacci, MA, spiritual director, workshop and retreat leader, from San Diego, California, USA.
Thomas B. Greving, MFA, creative writer, certified spiritual director at Rich in Mercy Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, from Fairfax, Virginia, USA.
Joseph Roy, PhD, ThM, pastoral counselor, anam cara (Soul Care), hospice and Red Cross volunteer, from Wenatchee, Washington, USA.
Karl D. Ruttan, PhD, retired Episcopal priest, a spiritual director and retreat leader, from Columbus, Ohio, USA.

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Spiritual Directors International Men’s Institute, Tuesday 14 April 2015
The Men’s Institute provides a safe space for men to meet and explore the unique issues of masculine spirituality. Together we will explore how men process grief and loss and how to companion them through pain and fear into healing. Author, pastor, and chaplain Dan Duggan will facilitate.Tuition includes midday meal. CEUs available.

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