e-Newsletter / July 15, 2020
Thank you Diane McClanahan



In June we said thank you and goodbye (via social distancing) to Diane McClanahan, who retired from her position as  Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.  As a trusted confidant, teacher, and leader, Diane walked with us through suicide loss, spiritual direction, clergy boundary training, pastoral care development, conflict transformation, renewal opportunities and in many other ways.  The Center's Leadership and Spiritual Life programs are stronger than ever. And we as individuals are all better because of Diane. 

Wishing Diane a blessed and joyous retirement. 

Billie's Blog: Freedom to Choose Our Attitude

"There is freedom in choosing our attitude. I have said before that when I rely only on my perceptions without consideration of the other person, I am wrong one hundred percent of the time. I challenge all of us to explore our minds and hearts with intention to discover our misperceptions and seek out ways to learn the truth. Reach out to people different from you. Ask questions. View everyone as a learning opportunity. Enjoy the new life you create for yourself by the education you gain from others...READ MORE

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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Survivor of Suicide Loss Group will be held live online until further notice. If you've lost a loved one to suicide and need support, please contact Andrea Severson at aseverson@dmpcc.org.

This support group is offered as a free community service, with thanks to generous supporters of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

Mindfulness for Beginners - Live Online - 4 week class

Monday evenings 5:30-7:00PM 
August 10, 17, 24, 31, 2020

If you're curious about learning how to meditate and begin an on-
going, personal meditation practice, come join this experiential educational class. Discover the healing power of mindfulness by learning various meditation and breathing techniques, practicing  mindful movement, and self-compassion. No prior experience necessary. *This class will be live, online via Zoom....READ MORE


S ave the date: October 9, 2020

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center is hosting an event to build community, raise awareness, and support men's and boys' mental health.

Register for the Pastoral Care Specialist,  2020-2022 cohort
This two-year course is designed for clergy, parish nurses, Stephen ministers, chaplains and others involved in pastoral care ministries. Meeting monthly, participants learn about areas critical to effective pastoral care, and receive support, encouragement and consultation on their work. Participants will reinforce what they already do well and integrate new knowledge and skills into their ministries.
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Live Online

Allison Peet, Certified MBSR Instructor
Discover the healing power of mindfulness. Learn to mitigate stress and regulate emotion. *This class will be live online, via Zoom.

Fall Cycle:
Required Orientation: Sept 15
Class Begins: Sept 22

MBSR is an 8-week intensive course, backed by 40 years of research, proven to reduce the symptoms of stress and anxiety. Utilizing curriculum developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, this non-clinical (i.e. not group therapy) course is designed to teach mind-body awareness, recognize and put to use our inner psychological resources to respond to toxic stress.... READ MORE
Check our website for regular updates and resources.


The Center is piloting an antiracism learning group. If you would like to participate in current or future opportunities, please send an email to tspeirs@dmpcc.org. Presently, we are reading and discussing the book "How to be an Antiracist" by Ibram X. Kendi.

Your support saves lives. Thank you. 

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Support hope and healing through your IRA

If you are 70½ or older you may also be interested in a way to lower the income and taxes from your IRA withdrawals. An IRA charitable rollover is a way you can help make an impact in your community and benefit this year.

Benefits of an IRA charitable rollover: 
  • Avoid taxes on transfers of up to $100,000 from your IRA to the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
  • Satisfy your required minimum distribution (RMD) for the year
  • Reduce your taxable income, even if you do not itemize deductions
  • Make a gift that is not subject to the 50% deduction limits on charitable gifts
  • Help further the work and mission of the organizations that are important to you 
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May you find ways to tend your self care. 

Terri Speirs
Gratefully,

Terri Mork Speirs, she/hers
Director of Community Relations
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
515-251-6670