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Using Poetry

A fresh approach to adult formation programming for your congregation or retreat center

Capture the growing enthusiasm for poetry! Choosing the theme of your poetry program to coincide with a pertinent season or holiday is an excellent way to increase the attendance of the event and the engagement of its participants. Our poetry themes have been carefully constructed with this in mind, and have been successfully paired with calendar events that capture the interest of the community.

Peruse the poetry themes.

With support groups – poetry sheds light on struggle

Those who facilitate support groups and minister to the grieving may appreciate learning how to prepare for and use poetry during their visits and meetings. The research has consistently shown that support groups have a positive impact on physical and mental healing for many people. Support group leaders whom Kim has interviewed have found that carefully chosen poems, which are accessible and brief enough to be discussed in a single session, can often shed light on some aspect of the group’s struggle that may ordinarily be difficult to articulate.

During a workshop or webinar, Kim can recommend and review specific poems to carry with them, as well as proven methods for using the poems one-on-one and with families.

“Every poem holds the unspeakable inside it. The unsayable… The thing that you can’t really say because it’s too complicated. It’s too complex for us. Every poem has that silence deep in the center of it.”
-Marie Howe

Peruse the poetry themes.

In pastoral care – poetry opens the door

Ministers of pastoral care (e.g. Stephen’s Ministers) may appreciate learning how to prepare for and use poetry during their visits. Through interviews with pastoral staff about poetry as a useful tool, Kim has found that, increasingly, people are open to and enthusiastic about poetry as a means of starting conversation in pastoral visits. Those to whom you minister may find comfort in poems, and you may as well as you burden the grief along with these people.

During a workshop or webinar, Kim can recommend and review specific poems to carry with them, as well as proven methods for using the poems one-on-one and with small groups.

“Thank you so much for sharing your poetry and healing ministry with North Coast Health. You are always a delight – and your energy, kindness and enthusiasm for others is a gift that we are grateful to share with our patients.”
–Ellen Ospelt

Peruse the poetry themes.