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The spring 2014 Orders and Fellowship gathering took place at First United Methodist Church in Marshalltown on March 18.
The program focused on clergy well-being and the transformation that that can bring about and was led by Rev. Scott Lothe, of Marshalltown Hope UM Church and Kim Hanken.
“I’m so excited for this day around clergy well-being and self-care,” Rev. Lothe said. “It’s become a very important topic for the church.”
“Several of our general agencies have said that in studies our clergy our showing increased signs of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems,” continued Rev. Lothe. “Which then, of course, translates into our ministries.”
Ministry’s a tough business, a stressful business, he said.
“We’ve got to take better care of ourselves,” said Rev. Lothe.
“So we’ve designed a day where the clergy can come together in their covenantal communities to look at ways that we can better support each other in a holistic way around our health and general well-being.”
Rev. Lothe’s personal health coach Kim Hanken was his co-presenter for the Orders and Fellowship gathering.
Hanken manages a couple Lite for Life locations in Central Iowa, she is an artist, a level 3 Reiki practitioner and she teaches meditation and yoga.
Rev. Lothe and Hanken planned to start the day talking about their own respective journeys, how they met, why Rev. Lothe felt the need to present this program and Hanken’s philosophy on health.
Then they would discuss tools participants could use to identify why they were in the position they were with their health.
“Not only the food they eat,” Hanken said. “But their life, and how we used food to do all the things that really, that their life isn’t giving them.
Next was differentiating between foods that are healthy and foods that harm our bodies.
“People here today are going to get a real indication where their life has some goals that they need to set in place,” Hanken said.
Addressing longings and what may be lacking in life was a key focus, she said, and then discovering what, besides food, was going to really fill those voids.
“I’m real excited to have her here,” Rev. Lothe said. “Showing us ways, helping us to better understand ways that we can take better care of ourselves as clergy.”