Course Components
Reading Assignments
Writing Assignments
Service Work
Mentor Interviews
Optional Activities
Contacts, Communication and Slack
Academic Credit
Group Agreements
Payment, Withdrawal and Completion
Before Our First Class
September (09/22/23)
Karuna – Compassion
October (10/13/23)
Dana – Generosity
November (11/10/23)
Sila – Virtue
December (12/01/23)
Viriya – Energy
January (01/12/24)
Panna – Wisdom
February (02/02-03/24)
Nekkhama – Renunciation
March (03/08/24)
Khanta – Patience
April (04/12/24)
Sacca – Truth
May (05/03/24)
Aditthana – Resolve
May (05/31/24)
Metta – Lovingkindness
June (06/28/24)
Upekkha – Equanimity
Action + Reflection = Learning
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Group Agreements

Much of chaplaincy training happens in an interpersonal setting and over the course of the program, we will facilitate group discussions and learning opportunities. The following are our Group Agreements for our interactions together that we offer as a guideline for communication. At the beginning of the program, we will read through these agreements together and possibly adjust them through consensus as a cohort.

TRY ON”… on new processes, ideas, perspectives before automatically rejecting them because they are different than your experience, be willing to step out of your comfort zone.

It’s OK to disagree… disagreement is a necessary part of accepting differences. It’s not OK to attach or blame self or others… this can happen on a verbal or non-verbal level.

Practice self-focus… use “I” statements, pay attention to what you are feeling and thinking; ask questions of self and other… instead of jumping to conclusions, check out your assumptions.

Practiceboth/and” thinking and speaking… there are multiple realities of each person present, the notion of either/or, right/wrong, good/bad is not helpful in human relationships, it sets up a hierarchy of values.

100% responsibility… you know more than anyone what you need; let go of all the other things you need to be doing and be present in this process; participation looks different for everyone; be aware of how you learn and process information.

Intent vs Impact… there is a difference between what we intend and what the impact is on another. It is important to accept when the impact is negative and seek to understand why without jumping to explanation or apology. Assume benevolence of intent.

Maintain confidentiality… anything said of personal nature cannot be shared without the person’s permission. If you want to talk to someone about what they said, ask permission. They can say yes, no or maybe later.

Move up, move back… Be aware of how much you are speaking. If you feel you are speaking a lot, let others speak. Ask yourself WAIT (why am I talking?). If you find yourselves not talking, try to contribute some thoughts.

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