This newsletter is geared towards those who have completed a Living Compass training, but is also intended for, and can be shared with all those interested in Living Compass. 
Living Compass Community Wellness
Advocate Newsletter
April 2018
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The Parent Wellness Circle Program Workbook is  a six-week wellness program that helps parents design the changes they are ready to make to enhance their own wellness, and thus the wellness of their families. Click here to view a digital sample.

The Teen Wellness Circle Program Workbook is a six-week wellness program that helps teens design the changes they are ready to make to enhance their own well-being, and to reduce stress. Click  here to view a digital sample. 

 In the wake of the latest school shootings and the renewed national dialogue around school safety and student well-being, Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation is joining the conversation to promote the importance of teen mental health with a  free digital download  of its resource, "The Teen Compass Wellness Notebook." We hope this resource can be helpful in some way as we all work together to make the world a safer place for our young people. Together we can make a difference. 

Lissa Barker shared her experience on a recent health mission trip to Jamaica. She inspired us with her work and we would like to share it with all of you in her own words.
We saw 400 people in 4 health fairs, did lots of health teaching and screening for diabetes, hypertension, foot problems and dental health. It was overall a good health mission. The Outstanding part, though, was the workshop of Living Compass.

I presented a mini version of the workshop to the Faculty and Staff of the Manning's School.  Manning's is the oldest academic institution in Jamaica (from 1751) and a premier high school for the island.  The faculty works very hard and was badly rocked when a young student committed suicide last October.  They asked our group to work with the faculty to help them restore balance and speak about wellness.  PERFECT for Living Compass.  So, I contacted Edith and we partnered with resources for the presentation.  I adapted my presentation from what Scott and Holly did at St. Pat's.

I approached it from two aspects- one is the personal compass assessment and the other was to look at the compass from the aspect of the environment at the school.  I had them draw two compasses- one about the faculty at the workshop and then to do the personal one at home (I didn't have time to implement both of them at the workshop).  The small group concept was relatively new to the group (they are used to being lectured to) and they loved it.  The outcome is that:
  • They now have a basis for faculty development work (which is what the Head Master wanted) 
  • They want more of the Living Compass for personal growth 
  • They want more about the workshop for adolescents.  

It is in many ways easier in Jamaica to present this as they pray in the schools, it's a mostly Christian country (many of them are Anglicans or evangelicals) and the concept of prayer is fine in presentations.  When the vocational school found out what I'd presented, the Principal of that school wanted me to do the same thing for his faculty. So, I am planning to do that in October on the next trip- more about that later.  

The other thing that happened is that the assistant Head Master of the Manning's School is also very active in the Nazarene churches in Westmoreland Parish ( and nationally in Jamaica)  She's very interested in looking at the parenting and adolescent programs for that community. More on that as we look at planning.
So, the bottom line is that You area big hit in Jamaica, the ministry will be expanded and I am eternally thankful for you and your brilliant work.  THANK YOU Living Compass and Blessings for you help!     
Hugs  / Lissa

Upcoming Community Wellness 
Advocate Trainings:    
Join us for another training!
Parent and Teen focused CWA Trainings
Chicago, IL April 26-28, 2018
Chicago, IL June 28-30, 2018
Chicago, IL October 18-20, 2018

This training is a great addition to the traditional CWA training! This is not a traditional CWA training in that it is meant for people that want to focus specifically on parents and teen wellness in their school or church community. Visit our website, or contact  for more details.

Upcoming Traditional CWA Trainings
Chicago, IL May 17-19, 2018
Chicago, IL September 27-29, 2018

Learn how to use Living Compass and other ideas for wellness ministry to enhance your congregation's vitality and to connect with the community by beginning or expanding a wellness ministry. After a training retreat, you'll return to your congregations to complete your certification.

Click here  to register and learn more about the event.

Certification Celebration
Please help us to congratulate the following Community Wellness Advocates who have completed their certification:

Angela Dawn Duncan - Emmanuel Episcopal Church (La Grange IL)
Curt Paddock - St. Edward and Christ Episcopal Church (Joliet IL)
Mark E. Chambers - St. Luke's on the Lake Episcopal Church (Austin TX)
Holly White - Rabun Gap School and Grace Calvary Episcopal Church, (Clarksville GA)

Many of you have already far surpassed the completion of what it takes to be certified and all you need to do now is fill out the form.  I f you are interested in completing your CWA List of Activities for certification  download here, and email to
We will be honored to send you your official certificate. Keep an eye out for future certified CWA promotions and events.
Making Connections
Look for Living Compass, or join us at these up coming event:

79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church July 5-13, 2018 
in Austin Texas!

Closing Thoughts

Thank you for allowing Living Compass to help you  spread wellness in your communities. Our 2018 Lenten resource was distributed to over 25,000 people this year. Our Teen Compass free giveaway has had over 300 downloads in the last week alone. It is our hope that we continue to support you in whatever way we can through resources and support. I welcome your feedback and inquiries and delight in hearing 
your stories. 

I have a personal story of delight to share, my joyous marriage took place last week in Key West, Florida! I am now Edith Everly, doesn't is sound great? Still here for you at edith@living

Edith Everly