WLI/LIFE at Eden: Urban Chaplaincy



Date(s) - 02/06/2021
9:00 am - 11:00 am

February 6, 2021
February 13, 2021
February 20, 2021
February 27, 2021
They are grounded in the S.E.L.F. model methodology of urban chaplaincy


Saturday: 9:00-11:00 AM CST

Certificate Course: Urban Chaplaincy

Course Description:
Caring for Persons’ Social Needs
This session will teach students how to conduct a Community Needs Assessment and provide social service resources to address parishioners’ economic needs.

Caring for Persons’ Emotional Needs
This session will teach students how to provide pastoral care and counseling services to address parishioners’ mental health needs.

Caring for Persons’ Life Meaning/Purpose Needs
This session will teach students how to ask reflective questions to help parishioners develop new identities and purpose in the midst of systemic oppression.

Caring for Persons’ Faith Needs
This session will teach students how to help parishioners engage their faith and faith traditions to help them confront life’s challenges with renewed hope and faith in God’s enduring presence.

ALL STUDENTS for completion must engage field work, completing one project with Live Free STL or a combined total of 8 hours field work.

This course is available as a part of the WLI/LIFE certificate program, or it may be taken for credit as an 1 unit IFL course

Who Should Take this Class?
The Walker Leadership Institute is offering a certificate in Urban Chaplaincy to help students and practitioners in urban ministry leadership gain useful spiritual strategies and interventions for caring for persons in urban settings who are most impacted by economic disparities. In addition to gaining an enhanced pastoral competence skill set, students gain further self-awareness about their own unique pastoral strengths and growing edges. The class will meet for a total of four two-hour sessions. Each session will feature a thought-provoking lecture on a particular topic, along with lively class discussions and energetic class activities.

Cost:  $100

About the Instructors:
Rev. Dr. Danielle J. Buhuro is a CPE Supervisor at Advocate Aurora South Suburban, Trinity and Christ Hospitals. Rev. Buhuro is passionate about issues of race, gender and sexuality. She is author of “Spiritual Care In An Age of #BlackLivesMatter: Examining the Spiritual and Prophetic Needs of African Americans Living In A Violent America.” Rev. Buhuro attended Chicago Theological Seminary, where she earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees respectively. She’s currently a Ph.D student studying in the area of social media identity, violence and pastoral theology. Rev. Buhuro serves on the national board of directors of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. She facilitates numerous workshops nation-wide on African American Pastoral Care and African-centered psychology.


The Reverend Dr. Sonja B. Williams is the Dean of Students and Visiting Professor of Practical Theology at Eden Theological Seminary, Webster Groves, Mo.  Founder of BLKPracTLogy for marginalized communities and Fellow for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation – The Institute of Theology and Social Change. She earned her undergraduate degree from Berea College and Ph.D. in Practical Theology from St. Thomas University in Miami Gardens, FL. Before arriving at Eden Seminary, Dean Williams served as a hospice chaplain for almost a decade doing a deep dive into creating interfaith communities of care and helping people heal from church hurt. This work allowed room and space to explore places of loneliness and create a renewed sense of hope again. Rev. Sonja pastored a multi-ethnic UCC congregation in sunny Florida and helped to restore hope and members. Together we emerge and adapt intentionally to experience change.

Please be patient with us as we update our website infrastructure.  If you experience difficulties, give us a call and we will assist you with your credit card payment by phone  314-304-0343.

[caldera_form id=”CF5fad8bc18ea07″]