Syracuse Hispanic Pastors
Cultivating effective pastoral care within the Hispanic population.
The Syracuse Hispanic Pastors Group is a group of eight Pentecostal pastors in Syracuse, New York. Six of the members are clergy couples. They meet once a month for three hours and use the resource "El Consejo Terapéutico: Manual para Pastores y Consejeros" by Pablo Polishuk. Their Teaching Fellow is The Reverend David Pacinski, a Hospice Chaplain in Syracuse. They will gather practical information about community resources, improve their skills in counseling and pastoral care, and better understand the concepts and practices of effective conflict resolution and program planning and implementation.
Wednesday Morning Ecumenical
Work centering on the spirituality of clergy wellness.
The Wednesday Morning Ecumenical Group is a group of eight clergy from different faith traditions who have met weekly for more than ten years. They believe that clergy wellness does not happen alongside spirituality, but is inextricably intertwined with it. They plan several retreats to help them combine the inner work of retreat with the outer work of study, discussion and collaborative writing. They hope to publish articles, a book, and design workshops around this theme. The Rev. Dr. Joe Phelps from Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, KY is their teaching fellow.
ALMA- Austin Hispanic Pastors
A formal study in the area of pastoral care and counseling with Hispanics using the Clinical Pastoral Education approach.
ALMA is comprised of eight pastors from different denominations who meet twice a month for six hours. They use the instructional materials of the Centro Hispano de Estudios Teológicos (Eirene International), a Latin American pastoral agency. In addition to their semi-monthly meetings they plan two marriage and family enrichment retreats led by Dr. Jorge Maldonado. Their Teaching Fellow is the Rev. Daniel Dávila, Director of Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana.
Austin Sacred Sisters

Exploring the history of Celtic Christianity and its outgrowth in the Iona Community.

The Austin Sacred Sisters is a group of ten Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) clergy women who attended Austin Seminary together in the '90s and gather annually. They now live in Texas, Oklahoma, Illinois and California. Their commitment is to gather in spirit during daily morning and evening prayers, using Celtic prayer resources from the Iona Community. The Rev. Dr. Michael Jinkins is their Teaching Fellow. They will conclude their two years in The College of Pastoral Leaders with a trip to Scotland to visit historic Celtic sites and spend time in study and prayer at the Iona abbey.