POP's Biennial Educational Conference will be held; Friday, December 2, 2022. Add POP SHINES at CHRISTMASTIME to my calendar! Guest Speaker: The Reverend Dr. Luis Elier Rodriguez
Luis Elier Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. He is an ordained Mennonite pastor and System Manager of the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Houston Methodist Hospital. He holds a master’s degree in Divinity from the evangelical seminary of Puerto Rico. A Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He did a residency Clinical Pastoral Education program at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Dr. Rodreguez spent three years doing his supervisory CPE training at Baptist Health System in San Antonio, Texas. He is a chaplain certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains in the USA. Dr. Rodriguez is a certified educator by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education in the USA. He has experience teaching and as a consultant in different countries. He has left a legacy of clinical education students who have been able to reach a greater understanding and practice of spiritual care.
The Reverend Asa Hunt, III Lecture Series
The Reverend Asa Hunt, III Lecture Series draws from the fields of spirituality, arts, sciences, and medicine to provide renewal and education for those who followed Jesus Christs’ commission, “I was sick and you visited me.” As a Pastor and Chaplain who deeply loved God and God’s people hallmarks of Asa’s ministry included counseling, mentoring new Pastors and motivating hundreds of volunteers and service ministries. As a consummate compliment to his work, Asa and his wife Annette often counseled and taught together. Asa will always be deeply loved by his children and innumerable others whom he brought into the security of Christ’s saving grace.
The lecture series is presented during POP Shines at Christmastime where POP honors its Spiritual Care Volunteers and the beautiful ways God has worked through them during their time with patients and caregivers in the hospitals throughout the year. Churches, organizations, POP staff and board, and Spiritual Care Volunteers gather in fellowship to celebrate the ministry and grow closer in POP’s long-established community.
December 3, 2021
Kathy Escobar co-pastors The Refuge, a Christian community and mission center in North Denver. Her passion is creating safe and brave spaces for transformation and healing in a variety of contexts. A speaker, spiritual director, group facilitator, and organizational consultant, she is author of several books including her most recent, Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World and A Weary World: Reflections for a Blue Christmas as well as founder of the non-profit #communityheals–Making Spaces for Transformation Accessible for All. More at kathyescobar.com.
December 6, 2019
The Reverend Dr. Dave Peterson
“The World Through Our Eyes”
The Reverend Dr. Nathan Carlin
A Theological Perspective on Principlist Bioethics
December 8, 2017
Alan D. Valentine, MD, Department Chair, Department of Psychiatry,
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
“Control is an Illusion and Certainty is a Myth: A Conversation with a Cancer Psychiatrist.”
Rev. Dr. Steve Spidell, Director of Spiritual Care and Values Integration –
Houston Methodist Hospital, San Jacinto
“The Hidden Strengths to Come Through Trauma”
December 9, 2016
Dot Uthlaut with Rev. Dr. Steve Spidell
Rev. Dr. Charles Millikan, Vice President for Spiritual Care and Values Integration –
Houston Methodist Hospital
“Fill the House and Tell the Story”
December 3, 2015
Reverend Dr. David A. McKechnie