Just as many schools across the nation have recently been starting up again for the fall term, HSHC will also be starting our “new semester” by kicking off our annual small groups program with seminarians and seminarian partners/spouses next week. Since we have shifted our program online, in part, due to COVID, but also so that we can expand our outreach, we will be having participants from a variety of different seminary communities come together each month to consider and discuss this year’s theme: “Building A Network of Health” in our vocation.
One of the questions we usually ask the participants in our first monthly gatherings, and one I would like for you to consider for a moment is this: when you hear the words “health” and “wellness,” what images or words come to your mind?
As you can imagine, participants’ responses vary considerably. Why? Because what it means to be “healthy,” and the wellness practices that we establish and follow to maintain our health, are all shaped and influenced by the multicultural contexts in which we live. In other words, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to health and wellness. This understanding is foundational to our organization and is one of the key concepts we share with our small group participants each year.
Being aware of and attentive to multicultural differences is important because:
What factors inform your idea of health and wholeness?
To give you an idea of how we start our online small group experience, I would like to invite you to do this exercise. Using the “Multicultural Wellness Wheel,” created by the National Wellness Institute, please consider the following questions:
We’d love for you to share your thoughts with us here so that we can continue this conversation in the HSHC community in the months to come.
Karen H. Webster
HSHC Co-founder/Executive Director
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many.”1 Corinthians 12:12-14