Sister Care seminars provide women with tools for ongoing personal healing, recognizing and celebrating God’s grace in their lives, and responding more confidently and effectively to the needs of others in their families, congregations, and communities.

(left to right) Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen

(l to r) Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen

The Sister Care manual was developed by co-presenters Rhoda Keener and Carolyn Heggen along with Ruth Lapp Guengerich.

The 64 page manual can be purchased from the Mennonite Women USA office or call 316-281-4396.
Sister Care manual (English):  $10
Sister Care manual (Spanish): $ 8  – “Cuidándonos entre mujeres:  Preparándonos para un ministerio de compassion”

 

Sister Care explores these areas of caring ministry:

Claiming My Identity as God’s Beloved
What we believe about our personal worth and identity makes a difference in how we care for others.

Caring for Self and Others
Caring for others is costly. We need to set limits and nurture ourselves as we minister to others in our homes, congregations, and communities.

Compassionate Listening
Compassionate listening is spiritual work that can help transform brokenness and grief.

Transforming Loss and Grief
God’s healing often happens in the context of a caring congregation of people who have done their own healing work, have learned from their experiences, and have grown in compassion for others.

Watch a beautiful video montage covering the Hmong Sister Care seminar held in Minnesota May of 2014 created by Memee Yang.

2014 Sister Care seminars

Phoenix – Compassionate Care
February 7-8, 2014

Aibonito, Puerto Rico – Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht presenting
March 21-22, 2014

Kokomo, Indiana
April 25-26, 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota – Hmong Mennonite Women
May 9-11, 2014

Winnipeg, Canada – Native Mennonite Ministries biennial conference
July 29-31, 2014

Asuncion, Paraguay  
August 8-10, 2014

Buenos Aires, Argentina
August 16-18, 2014

Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
October 3-5, 2014

Trinidad
October 31-November 2, 2014

2015 Sister Care seminars

Curitiba, Brazil
January 14-16, 2015

Sarasota – PREP – Sister Care leadership training
March 6-7, 2015

Goshen College pilot for college women
March 20-21, 2015

Iowa
April 17-18, 2015

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – seminar in Spanish, Elizabeth Soto Albrecht and Loida Acosta presenting
 April 24-26, 2015

Lombard, Illinois
May 15-16, 2015

Mennonite Church USA Kansas City convention workshops - early July, 2015
Sister Care: Level II
Sister Care: DVD resource

Mennonite World Conference workshops - late July, 2015
Sister Care: Global Contextualization and Testimonials
Explore Sister Care International 

Goshen College pilot for college women
October, 2015

Lancaster, Pennsylvania – Compassionate Care for pastoral care leaders
sponsored by Atlantic Coast Conference
October 23, 2015

Havana, Cuba – Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht presenting
November 2015

2016 Sister Care seminars

Kenya
Winter 2016 

To register for an upcoming Sister Care seminar or to schedule a seminar in your area, contact our office.

Sister Care in the News

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3,120 attend past Sister Care seminars

Seminars led by Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener unless noted otherwise.
Blue text indicates international seminars.

2/08: Harrisonburg, Virginia – pilot seminar with 90 attendees (Virginia) – led by Rhoda Keener (RK)

2/09: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – 30 (Franklin) – led by RK
5/09: Divide, Colorado – 30 (Mountain States) – led by RK
5/09: Elkhart, Indiana – 75 (Ind.-Mich. and Central District) – led by RK and Ruth Lapp Guengerich (RLG)
10/09: Harrisburg, Pa. – 185 (Atlantic Coast and Lancaster) – led by RK

5/10: Kidron, Ohio – 75 (Central District and Ohio) – led by RK and RLG
10/10: Boise, Idaho – 25 (Pacific Northwest) -Carolyn Heggen (CH) and RK
10/10: Oregon – 65 (Pacific Northwest)
10/10: Washington – 35 (Pacific Northwest)
11/10: Kalona, Iowa – 75 (Central Plains) – led by RK and RLG

2/11: Chambersburg, Pennsylvania – 80 (Franklin)
8/11: Normal, Illinois – 85 (Illinois)
9/11: Viborg, South Dakota – 65 (Central Plains)
9/11: Osage, Minnesota – 30 (North Central)
10/11: Sarasota, Florida – 50 (Southeast)
11/11: Hesston, Kansas – 90 (Western District and South Central)

1/12: Portland, Oregon (Compassionate Care – co-ed) – 80 (24 men)
2/12: Meridian, Mississippi – 50 (Gulf States)
3/12: Rochester, New York – 65 (New York)
3/12: Souderton, Pennsylvania – 122 (Franconia and Eastern District)
5/12: Goshen, Indiana – 115 (Central District and Indiana-Michigan)
9/12: Lynchburg, Virginia – 128 (Virginia)
10/12: All India Mennonite Women Conference – 325 (Cuttack, India)
11/12: Tansen and Kathmandu, Nepal – two seminars – 60

1/13:  Leadership Institute, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Harrisonburg, Va.
Workshops on Compassionate Listening and Transforming Grief and Loss (co-ed)
2/13:  Guatemala City – leadership training – 64
4/13:  Yucaipa, California – 17 (Pacific Southwest)
4/13:  Bluffton, Ohio – 90 (Central District and Ohio)
5/13:  Chihuahua, Mexico – 25 led by Ofelia Garcia and Olga Piedrasanta
8/13:   Bogota, Colombia – 49 led by Carolyn Heggen and Elizabeth Soto Albrecht (ESA)
9/13: Colorado Springs – 46 (Mountain States)
10/13: Camp Deerpark – 45 (NYC)
10/13:  Davidsville, Pa. – 80 (Allegheny)
11/13:  Lancaster, Pa. – 199 (Lancaster)
11/13:  Santa Cruz, Bolivia – 35

2/14:  Phoenix (Compassionate Care – co-ed) – 64 (14 men)
3/14: Aibonito, Puerto Rico – 76 Led by CH and ESA 
4/14:  Kokomo, Indiana – 65
5/14:  Minneapolis, Minnesota (Hmong Mennonite Women) – 10
7/14: Native Mennonite Ministries (Winnipeg) – 30
8/14:  Paraguay -113
8/14:  Argentina – 30
10:14:  Cambridge, Ontario – 42

“I cannot find words to express how helpful the Sister Care seminar has been. I was thoroughly challenged in my state of listening skills and that has changed me forever.” – Oregon.

“It’s great to have the manual to go back to and grow with.” – Ohio

“Sister Care is revolutionary. This is cutting edge.” – New York City