A New Offering From the Duke Clergy Health Initiative - Spirited Life: Selah

January 28, 2019

Greetings from the Duke Clergy Health Initiative!

For the past 11 years, with your help, we have designed and tested well-being interventions created specifically for UMC clergy in North Carolina – in other words, specifically for you and your brothers and sisters in ministry. 
Through our Spirited Life program, offered 2010-2014, clergy experienced impressive physical health improvements, including many pastors reversing metabolic syndrome and maintaining those improvements.  Unfortunately though, by and large, Spirited Life did not significantly improve stress symptoms.

We are pleased to share that The Duke Endowment has funded our next endeavor to test stress reduction interventions for clergy in the form of a new study, Spirited Life: Selah. We are well into the recruitment phase of this endeavor, and we’re inviting you to take part. We are offering a variety of workshops in February and May, accommodating up to about 150 clergy, and then plan to roll out a larger offering in 2020. 

In order to be eligible to participate, you must:

-          Have a current appointment in the North Carolina or Western North Carolina UMC Conferences;
-          Be able to commit to at least one full-day in-person event in North Carolina, plus four assessments; and
-          Have a reliable internet connection or phone data plan that allows you access to a web platform like Zoom for at least three 30-minute sessions, plus the ability to receive texts.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please visit sites.duke.edu/selah to learn more about the interventions, and then click here to sign up (or copy and paste this link into your browser: https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dqpXi2gIAjsToV).

We look forward to partnering with you again, in support of you as individuals and your ministry.

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