Wellness Wednesdays

(Part of the St. Paul’s Year of Wellness Project, made possible with the help of a Community Wellbeing Grant from Tri-City Mental Health)

Please join us for the following Wednesday Night Wellness Seminars! These talks and workshops each address some form of mental, emotional, and/or spiritual wellbeing. Talks are on the first Wednesday of the month (with the exceptions of January and March) from 6pm to 8pm and take place in Parish Hall. Light supper will be served at 6pm. Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to stpaulspomona@yahoo.com by the week before each session to make sure we have enough refreshment and handouts for all!

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September 7th: Every Day Mental Health (Salud Para Cada Día)

This bilingual presentation by Tri City Mental Health will introduce participants to the basics of mental health struggles and resources, including many of the programs and connections right in our own back yard in the Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne Tri-City area. 


Esta presentación bilingüe por Tri City Salud Mental introducirá a los participantes sobre los aspectos básicos de las luchas y de los recursos de salud mental, incluyendo muchos de los programas y las conexiones adecuadas aquí mismo en el área "Tri-City" de Pomona, Claremont, La Verne.

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com

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Oct. 5th: Bridges of Faith - Understanding Islam

Guest Speakers from the City of Knowledge Islamic School will lead us in a timely and hugely important discussion about understanding Islam and how faith communities can join together in promoting understanding and collaboration in the face of prejudice and misplaced fear. Panelists will discuss different aspects of Islam and walk us through the different prayer movements of the Muslim faith. 

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com

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Nov. 2: Self Care for Care-Givers

The Rev. Sarah Kitch, Episcopal Priest at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Simi Valley, will lead us in a seminar and discussion about how we care for ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually in the midst of caring for others (in the context of family illness, our professions, and elsewhere) in order to prevent fatigue and to keep ourselves healthier--for everyone's sake!  Rev. Kitch has been a Hospice Chaplain for two years, and this discussion will draw on her extensive experience with care-giving and hospice work.

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com


Dec. 7th (Advent): Practicing Mindfulness

David Kitch (Mdiv) is a Lay Chaplain currently serving at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Winnetka. He also serves at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Simi Valley facilitating spiritual formation for confirmands and adults. He is a practitioner of meditation, centering prayer and mindfulness, and his work incorporates 1) contemplative Christian disciplines and practices; 2)  a strong interest in the neurosciences; 3) ongoing work with the Vipassana tradition within engaged Buddhism. He will lead us in a seminar/workshop on mindfulness practice: what it is, how it integrates into the Christian faith tradition, and how it applies to daily life and spiritual formation. 

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com


Jan. 11: Steps to Freedom - Understanding Addiction & Recovery

The Rev. T. Mark Hallahan along with a panel of guest speakers including Andreana Arsene (MFT, Narcotics Recovery Specialist) and The Rev. Dr. John Reid (MFT) will guide us into a thoughtful discussion about addiction (including addiction to alcohol, food, narcotics, sex and porn, gaming, and more). Come learn how we can break through barriers of shame--both personally and within our families and communities--in order to take the necessary steps towards healing and freedom.

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com

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Feb. 1: Loving our Bodies - Eating Disorders & Disordered Eating

A panel of speakers including Registered Dietitian Frances Bono (MA, RD, CDE, health educator and eating disorder specialist at Kaiser Permanente) will talk about various forms of disordered eating (including both addiction to food and disorders such as anorexia and bulimia) and about the the ways we can care for ourselves and others in the face of personal shame, social pressures, and the wounds of childhood that often play a factor in our relationships with food and our bodies.

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com

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Lenten Series: March 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th - The Healing Arts

Join us for a four-part Lenten Series, “Light in our Darkness,” on March 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th for a course in print-making by the incredible artist Dolores Carlos, augmented by brief lessons in poetry by writer Alex Martin. These workshops will help us understand the role that art can play in uncovering our griefs and wounds, moving past them in an empowered, creative, redemptive way. See separate flier for more details! Please try to commit to all four Wednesdays so that you don't get behind. A $15 material fees donation is requested.

RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com

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April 5th: Stress, Burnout, & Compassion Fatigue

Mark Mitchell, LMFT, will lead us in a presentation and discussion of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue. He will identify helpful difference between the three and talk about methods for both prevention and recovery. This workshop will benefit those who work in any kind of supportive role either professionally or personally. Mark has years of experience practicing, teaching, and training in the mental health field, specializing in work with veterans, the homeless, and those struggling with addiction. He is currently affiliated with Loyola Marymount University and the LA Veteran's Collaborative. 


RSVP: stpaulspomona@yahoo.com