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A Message From the Dean

Dear Friends of the Maine School of Ministry,
Welcome!

 MESOM currently offers affordable fall and spring courses taught by highly qualified faculty which are designed for adult students who are exploring their own spiritual formation, exploring a call to ministry, as well as ordained clergy seeking quality continuing education, and open to all persons seeking spiritual and educational and enrichment. In addition, as both the vision and reach of MESOM expands, shorter courses will be offered in collaboration with local churches and other justice seeking organizations here in Maine and beyond.

 Please feel free to contact me directly for further conversation abut MESOM. I’m always excited to hear about your interests and your ideas about possibilities for future offerings.

Many blessings,

Ron Baard, Dean

Spring 2022 Semester Courses

– Click on One of the Courses Below For More Information
– REGISTRATION IS OPEN UNTIL THE DAY BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS MEETING OF EACH COURSE. IF YOU HAVE ANYQUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO CONFIRM YOUR REGISTRATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE DEAN OF THE MAINE SCHOOL OF MINISTRY

Course Description:

This is a special course in pastoral and spiritual care and counseling emphasizing mental health concerns. The COVID era we are living in has highlighted these issues in a new way. The pastor or chaplain or pastoral counselor must develop abilities to work as a team with other advocates for good mental health for care seekers. Good referral skills are important and will be discussed in the class. Students will use the Case Study method to deepen their understanding and skill set in this area.

Class Meetings:
This course will consist of four Saturday meetings from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (EST) which will all be held on Zoom…

January 22, 2022
February 26, 2022
March 26, 2022
April 30, 2022

Course Instructors:

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Shelly Snow MEd, MDiv, APBCC

Instructor Maine School of Minsitry
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Rev. Dr. Ron Baard

Dean Maine School of Ministry
Work Phone: 1.207.530.9594

Course Description:

Climate change is no longer the science community’s prediction for the future. We are now living in a climate-changed world. This reality raises provocative questions, challenges, and responsibilities, especially for people whose worldview has been formed by a Western perspective, and in particular for spiritual leaders. We are offering this course as an opportunity for spiritual leaders in the Global North to engage those questions, navigate those challenges, and embrace those responsibilities in their particular contexts. Over the course of four months, students will engage assigned readings and other multimedia resources, form and share personal reflections, participate in four day-long facilitated sessions featuring guest presenters, and complete a final project.

This course is designed for self-directed students whose learning needs are related to their professional roles as ministers — ordained and non-ordained, clergy and laypersons, leaders of traditional religious communities and other communities of practice. This course is not designed to be a definitive summary of climate change — instead it will provide fodder and opportunity to deepen reflection on how to respond in good faith to the urgent realities of climate change. Our present reality is a tumultuous reality. While we may not be able to smooth out the complications, this course will provide accompaniment and a community of mutual learning to form and inform how leaders might embody their vocation of spiritual leadership for a climate-changed world.

Class Meetings:
This course will consist of four Saturday meetings from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (EST) which will all be held on Zoom…

February 12, 2022
March 12, 2022
April 9, 2022
May 14, 2022

Course Instructor:

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Aram Mitchell

Instructor Maine School of Ministry

Contact The Maine School of Ministry

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Rev. Dr. Ron Baard

Dean Maine School of Ministry
Work Phone: 1.207.530.9594

MESOM Instructors

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Aram Mitchell

Instructor Maine School of Ministry
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Shelly Snow MEd, MDiv, APBCC

Instructor Maine School of Minsitry