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Tilda Norberg (born July 2, 1941) is a Christian minister, therapist and author. Norberg is the founder and first president of Gestalt Pastoral Care, Inc., a school of pastoral care that combines Christian healing practice with principles of gestalt theoretical psychotherapy.An ordained Methodist minister, Norberg is the author of six books on therapy, healing and Christian theology. Gestalt Pastoral Care Associates, Inc., is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the teaching and ethical practice of Christian healing ministry using a gestalt approach, described by Norberg as "an amalgam of Gestalt Modalities, spiritual companioning, and contemplative prayer". Norberg is a graduate of Michigan State University (1963) and Union Theological Seminary, NY (M.Div., 1966), and later trained at The Gestalt Center in Princeton, NJ, and The Gestalt Institute of Canada in Vancouver, BC.
On Easter Sunday in 1958, at the age of 16, Norberg personally witnessed the crash of Capital Airlines Flight 67 while she was awaiting its arrival into Tri City Airport, MI.Both of her parents were killed in the crash, and Norberg has reported that this experience profoundly affected her understanding of spirituality and the need for healing in all persons. Her book Ashes Transformed: Healing From Trauma is based on similar stories of survivors of the September 11 attacks in New York City, which she witnessed from her office on Staten Island.
From 1976 to 1982 Norberg was a member of the faculty of The New Institute for Gestalt Therapy, New York. She has maintained a private practice in Gestalt Pastoral Care since 1970 and was the founder and since 1982 has been director of a two-year basic training program for clergy, therapists and other professionals in Gestalt Pastoral Care. In 2004 Norberg inaugurated a two-year advanced Gestalt Pastoral Care curriculum and internship program in Gestalt Pastoral Care.
In 2010 Norberg was elected the first president of the Gestalt Pastoral Care Associates, Inc., a nonprofit foundation which supports the development of training programs in gestalt care ministry for clergy and laity. Norberg is ordained by the Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ and was received as a ministerial member of the New York Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1985.In addition to her life's work in Gestalt Pastoral Care, Norberg has been active in justice ministries such as prison ministry, gay rights and women's rights.
In fulfillment of a dream of Norberg's, Gestalt Pastoral Care has been formally studied to evaluate its clinical efficacy which has been observed in practice over the past 40 years. The Grace Examined research study, administered by Brigham Young University and funded through the Templeton Foundation, was conducted from 2018 through 2020. Grace Examined evaluated Gestalt Pastoral Care Spiritually Integrated Strategies For Clinical Effectiveness. The study utilized empirically validated scales revealing that both individual sessions and group retreats (called Opening to Grace) produced unequivocally positive results showing significant reductions in: depression, anxiety, trauma symptoms and spiritual issues.
The Acadia Divinity College (ADC) is the official seminary of the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada (CBAC), functioning within its evangelical tradition, and governed by a board of trustees with members appointed by the Convention and the Board of Governors of Acadia University. The college is also the Faculty of Theology of Acadia University. The university awards all of the Acadia Divinity College degrees, upon recommendation from the ADC Senate and the Senate of Acadia University. The graduate degrees are fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
The Evangelical Mennonite Conference is a Canadian Mennonite body of evangelical Christians headquartered in Steinbach, Manitoba, with 62 churches from British Columbia to southern Ontario. It includes people with a wide range of cultural and denominational backgrounds.
Theology of Anabaptism is the beliefs of the Anabaptist movement. Anabaptism has a reputation of de-emphasizing theology in deference to living righteously. The various branches of the Anabaptist movement take slightly different approaches to theology.
Gestalt therapy is a form of psychotherapy which emphasizes personal responsibility and focuses on the individual's experience in the present moment, the therapist–client relationship, the environmental and social contexts of a person's life, and the self-regulating adjustments people make as a result of their overall situation. It was developed by Fritz Perls, Laura Perls and Paul Goodman in the 1940s and 1950s, and was first described in the 1951 book Gestalt Therapy.
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Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) is a private Mennonite liberal arts university in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The university also operates a satellite campus in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, which primarily caters to working adults. EMU's bachelor-degree holders traditionally engage in service-oriented work such as health care, education, social work, and the ministry.
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Tyndale University is a Canadian private interdenominational evangelical Christian university in Toronto, Ontario, which offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Tyndale students come from over 40 different Christian denominations.
Pastoral counseling is a branch of counseling in which psychologically trained ministers, rabbis, priests, imams, and other persons provide therapy services. Pastoral counselors often integrate modern psychological thought and method with traditional religious training in an effort to address psychospiritual issues in addition to the traditional spectrum of counseling services.
Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary (G-ETS) is a private seminary and graduate school of theology related to the United Methodist Church. It is located in Evanston, Illinois, on the campus of Northwestern University. The seminary offers a number of masters and doctoral-level degree programs in the theological disciplines and promotes a wide range of programming through its academic Centers and Institutes. These include the Styberg Preaching Institute, the Stead Center for Ethics and Values, the Center for Ecological Regeneration, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience, the Hispanic-Latinx Center, the Center for Asian/Asian-American Ministry, and the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spirituality and Spiritual Formation.
Martin Luther University College, formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada federated with the nondenominational Wilfrid Laurier University, located in Waterloo, Ontario.
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Solihten Institute is a non-profit organization based in Denver, Colorado which manages an international network of faith-based counseling centers that specialize in evidence-based, integrated healing. Counselors and mental health professionals accredited by Solihten Institute receive theological training in addition to typical licensing in psychology, psychiatry and counseling, enabling an approach which combines "mind, body, spirit, and community." Services offered include outpatient counseling, wellness programs, and consultation and training for clergy and other professionals. This is a 12-step organization.
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Ashland Theological Seminary (ATS) is an evangelical seminary located in Ashland, Ohio, with sites located in Cleveland, OH, Columbus, OH, and Detroit, MI. Founded in 1906 by The Brethren Church, ATS is a graduate division of Ashland University. The seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is located at 910 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio, 44805.
David W. Augsburger is an American Anabaptist author with a Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology and a BA and BD from Eastern Mennonite College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary respectively.
In Christianity, exorcism involves the practice of casting out one or more demons from a person whom they are believed to have possessed. The person performing the exorcism, known as an exorcist, is often a member of the Christian Church, or an individual thought to be graced with special powers or skills. The exorcist may use prayers and religious material, such as set formulas, gestures, symbols, icons, or amulets. The exorcist often invokes God, Jesus, angels and archangels, and various saints to aid with the exorcism. Christian exorcists most commonly cast out demons in Jesus' name.
Emma Elizabeth Richards was the first Mennonite woman to be ordained as a pastor of a Mennonite congregation.
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