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MARCH 2018

The Hebrew Bible for Pastoral Professionals
Presented by Elizabeth Berne DeGear, PhD, BCC

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Program Summary
Delving into the Hebrew Bible, we will explore three theological nuggets that may enrich pastoral encounters and help the chaplain integrate spiritual care into the life of the institution s/he works for: the "gaze of grace" experienced by Noah, Moses, Ruth and others; the listening witness of the Book of Joshua; and the divine feminine in Genesis, Isaiah and Proverbs. We will reflect on these scriptural perspectives in light of our own approaches to chaplaincy, and discuss how they might inform encounters with those in our care while also enhancing our sense of purpose within the organizations where we serve.

Program Objectives
By the end of this webinar, participants will:
  1. Find new connections between biblical theology and their practice of spiritual care.
  2. Gain familiarity with biblical passages that may be useful in future pastoral encounters

About the Presenter
Dr. Elizabeth Berne DeGear, PhD has been certified with the NACC since 2002. She has taught courses in Psychology and Religion at Fordham’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education, and Bible Studies at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York City. Her passion for psychoanalytic theory and the Hebrew Bible deepened during her doctoral studies at Union Theological Seminary. She is the author of For She Has Heard: The Standing Stone in Joshua 24 and the Development of a Covenant Symbol, “The Bible as Transformational Object” in Religious Education, and “The Gaze of Grace: Revisiting the Immaculate Conception in light of DW Winnicott’s theories on Mother/Infant mirroring” in Union Seminary Quarterly Review. She also writes for Guideposts publications. She lives in New York City with her spouse and two children, where she is chaplain at the Center for Urban Community Services. This summer she will be leading a five-day retreat at Mercy By The Sea in Madison, CT entitled “In Communion with our Biblical Sisters.” Further information about the presenter can be found on her website:


Mar 15 2018 Webinar Fact Sheet (participants) (The Fact Sheet contains call-in instructions and numbers)
Berne DeGear NACC Webinar March 2018
Berne DeGear NACC Webinar March 2018_3 slides per page

CEH certificate

CEH certificate (all 2018 webinars) (PDF)

Webinar recordings

March 15, 2018 recording