Bishop’s Conference 2016
will be held at St. Francis Retreat House
Bishop’s Conference 2016
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Mindfulness: A Life Skill and a Ministry Tool
The conference will focus on “Mindfulness” – a deep awareness of how we react and interact to the presence of others and of God in ministry situations. As we purposefully and non-judgmentally focus attention, we create openness to the transformative power of breathing in the Holy Spirit. Kay Stewart, M.Ed., founder of Stillwaters Mindfulness Training, will invite us into a retreat-like format to pause and wake up to God’s healing presence. Guided by the Psalms, we’ll slow down to the rhythm of life through contemplative practices using Kay’s unique SLOW process: settling the mind, listening to the body, opening the heart, and waiting for the soul. We’ll explore the heart of mindfulness as a spiritual discipline for self-reflection, renewal, and stress resilience. In our fast-paced and noisy world we need to slow down, focus, and pay attention to what matters most in our work, our relationships, and our health.
Facilitator: Kay Stewart, M.Ed.
Kay Stewart, M.Ed., founded Stillwaters Mindfulness Training after completing graduate studies in Mindfulness and Contemplative Education in May, 2013. She facilitates retreats at the intersection of mindfulness and self-reflective spiritual renewal, and she is passionate about living and teaching from the inside/out, wide open to God’s amazing love and grace!
Kay offers evidence-based, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) programs through Shallowford Family Counseling Center, housed within her home church in Atlanta. She also offers mindfulness programs to clergy through the Greater Atlanta Presbytery, and is an ordained ruling elder in the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
For more than 26 years, Kay served on the faculty in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Emory University. Her passion for cultivating health and well-being in individuals and communities began in 1979 after losing both of her parents to chronic disease early in their lives.
Kay considers it an extraordinary privilege to travel alongside others to cultivate a way of being in the world – a world that is large enough to hold mind, body, heart, and spirit in an integrated and resilient wholeness. She is humbled and delighted to be with us as facilitator for the 2016 Bishop’s Conference. Read more at www.stillwatersmindfulness.com.