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.

Sister Care Presenters

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Carolyn Heggen (left) and Rhoda Keener

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

In 2015, Heggen with Keener wrote an international version of the manual:  Sister Care: Equipping Women for Healing MInistry.

Marlene Bogard, Executive Director, leads the College Sister Care seminars.

 

 

2017 Sister Care seminars

For more information or to register for an upcoming seminar contact our office.

South American Advanced Sister Care Leadership training – Argentina for Southern Cone
January 18-21, 2017

South American Advanced Sister Care Leadership training – Colombia
March 11-14, 2017

Hispanic USA Sister Care leaders’ training – Portland
April 7-8, 2017

African American Sister Care seminar (pilot), Mennonite Church USA offices, Elkhart, Indiana
April 21-22, 2017 (Hyacinth Stevens, African American Mennonite Association MW USA board member, pastor at KIng of Glory Tabernacle, Bronx and Cyneatha Millsaps, pastor, Community Mennonite Church, Markham, Illinois) in partnership with Mennonite Mission Network

Kansas Level 2 retreat, Spiritual Life Center, Wichita, Kansas
May 5-7, 2017

Illinois Level 2 retreat – Menno Haven Camp, Tiskilwa, Illinois
September 29-Oct. 1

College Sister Care, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
November 4, 2017 (Marlene Bogard)

Nagpur, India leadership training
October 19-22, 2017

2018 Sister Care seminars

Cuba
Late January 2018

Nebraska
March 3-4, 2018 – Level 1

Vietnam
April 2018

Oregon
September 29-October 1, 2018- Level 2

Indonesia
Oct-Nov., 2018 – Sister Care leadership training

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.


Sister Care Materials

The 48-page Sister Care manual can be purchased online from the Mennonite Women USA shop or by calling 316-281-4396.

Sister Care Materials for Children:

NEW materials for children adapted from Sister Care materials. These were written by Ofelia Garcia from Mexico in Spanish and translated into English by Milka Rindzinski from Uruguay.


Sister Care Videos

Watch the trailer for the Sister Care DVD:

 

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


 Sister Care in the News

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2015
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Participation Numbers of past Sister Care seminars: 3,962

Seminars led by Carolyn Heggen and Rhoda Keener unless noted otherwise.
Blue text indicates international seminars (outside North America)

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)
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
11/14:  Trinidad and Tobago – 45

1/15: Curitiba, Brazil – 55
3/15: Sarasota PREP Sister Care Study Group facilitator training – 30
3/15:  Goshen College – 19
4/15:  Kalona, Iowa – 70
5/15:  Lombard, Ill. – 29
10/15:  Sister Care Level 2 “Going Deeper” retreat, Camp Hebron, Halifax, PA – 39
10/15:  Goshen College Sister Care (Carolyn Heggen, Rhoda Keener, Marlene Bogard) – 20
10/15:  Compassionate Care leadership training, ACC (co-ed), Neffsville, Pa. – 39
11/15:  Camaguey, Cuba – 43
11/15:  Havana, Cuba – 47

1/16:  Newton, Kansas – 74
2/16:  Bethel College, Newton, Kansas – 15 (Marlene Bogard)
3/16:  Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas – 18 (Marlene Bogard)
4/16:  Kisumu, Kenya – 45
4/16:  Dodoma, Tanzania – 45
5/16:  Winnipeg, Canada – 46
10/16: Guatemala advanced leadership training (participants from 8 countries) – 34
10/16:  Hesston College, Hesston, Kansas – 43 (led by Marlene Bogard)

1/17: Buenos Aires, Argentina advanced leadership training (participants from 9 countries) – 32
3/17: Bogota, Colombia advanced leadership training (participants from 4 countries) – 28
4/17:  HIspanic USA leaders’ training, Portland – 26