Aug 05, 2020Wellness Gathering: Parenting With Mindfulness Workshop

Wellness Gathering: Parenting With Mindfulness Workshop

When: September 12, 2020. 9 a.m. to Noon.
Where: Online – Facebook and YouTube. There will be a limited ‘by invitation only’ audience present in person at the event.
For: Parents, Grandparents, Caregivers and extended families raising children (and young adults).

View a recording of the event on the diocesan Facebook Page

View a recording of the event on the diocesan YouTube Page

About the Workshop

The workshop will be held outdoors before a limited audience of specially invited people. Both those present in person and those viewing the workshop online will be given the opportunity to ask questions of our two expert speakers.

All you need to do to view the workshop is click on one of the buttons above on the day of the workshop. We will make a recording of the workshop available shortly after the event.

How we were formed in our early years directly influences how we parent our own children and grandchildren — for better or for worse.

Before becoming parents and grandparents we were children.  For the first 20 years or so of our lives, we lived our own developmental lifespan.  Influenced primarily by our parents & grandparents, we managed a series of milestones and negotiated innumerable experiences that cultivated our social and emotional sense of self as well as our understanding of our place in the world.  We transition into adulthood with a range of enthusiasms and apprehensions, confidences and self-doubts. How we were formed in our early years directly influences how we parent our own children and grandchildren — for better or for worse.  Parenting with mindfulness enables us to become aware of our own “core self-concept”  and helps us to see how our own patterns of thought, emotion, and behavior mold our children’s core self-concepts as they themselves transition into adulthood and become parents themselves.  

We also believe children come into this world with an innate capacity for awareness of the sacredness of life, relationships, and the world. As parents, grandparents and caregivers we can nurture this spirituality by giving those in our care the language of faith, through stories, the experience of sacred space, participation in the liturgy, and the invitation to wonder, question, play and create as they explore a relationship with God and God’s people. As we are nurturing them, they, in turn, call us to look at our experience of faith with wonder, playfulness, trust, and authenticity, and in so doing, the whole family of God is enriched.

With parents considering homeschooling, the timing couldn’t be better to hear from two experienced professionals in the field of counseling and the spirituality of young people that keeps in mind the well-being of everyone. During the Parenting With Mindfulness Facebook Live Webinar, you will be able to ask the presenters questions and discover ways to develop a mindful approach that is intentional, healing, and foundational.

No registration is necessary, just add Parenting With Mindfulness to your calendar and plan to join us!

The Parenting With Mindfulness Wellness Gathering follows with an offer to join a small group to find ongoing support; a way to continue developing tools, action steps, feedback and encouragement.

Workshop Leaders

Jeffery D. Janney

Jeffery D. Janney. Supplied image

Jeffery D. Janney, LCSW, MSSA has over 30 years of experience as a solution-focused clinician. He has provided supports to individuals and families in various treatment settings including psychiatric hospitals, residential treatment facilities, schools, clinics, and in family homes. Jeff is owner and Senior Behavioral Consultant of Northland Social & Behavioral Supports where he uses Trauma-Informed Care in therapy, specializing in work with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Kat Mercer

Kat Mercer. Supplied image

Kat Mercer has more than thirty years’ experience in faith formation leadership. She has worked with programs for children, youth, families, and adults at the congregational, diocesan and provincial level, and is an enthusiastic advocate for intergenerational formation and supporting families in faith formation at home.  Kat has a passion for the liturgy of the Episcopal church, which is reflected in the worship experiences she creates in Children’s Chapel settings. Kat completed a Certificate in Leadership in Lifelong Christian Formation through Forma in conjunction with Virginia Theological Seminary in 2018 and is a member of the first cohort of Godly Play Missioners.  Currently, Kat serves as Chaplain at St. Luke’s Nursing Center, a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church in Carthage, Missouri, where she incorporates Godly Play into her ministry and provides consultation and support in children’s ministry for congregations in the Southern Deanery.


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Wellness Gatherings

This is the first offering in a planned series of Wellness Gatherings – to relax and learn a little something. Future topics include Self-Care and Prayer, Creating Sacred Space at Home, Ethics: Theology for Everyday; Stewardship: Taking Care of More Than Money; and Practicing Forgiveness. If another wellness topic comes to mind please offer your suggestion to Kim at

Parenting With Mindfulness is offered at no cost to participants, but you are welcome to make a contribution towards scholarships for future presentations.

Updated: August 6, 2020

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