Personal Spiritual Health

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Opportunities for spiritual direction for students are readily available, a safe place where students are encouraged to talk about their faith development and journey.
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Some people come to counseling for guidance in faith development, spiritual disciplines and discernment of call. Individual spiritual direction with trained directors provides a unique setting for exploring these issues. Local spiritual directors are available to help students deepen their abilities to "listen for God" in the midst of their classroom and life experiences while they are at seminary. 

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Students who have pursued spiritual direction during their time at McCormick report that it has been invaluable in their faith formation. Many appreciate having an opportunity to focus on where they are in their faith journey with a trained companion who can help them listen for the deeper meanings in what they are saying and use their experiences to further enrich their spiritual life and ministry.

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Recommended counseling resources for McCormick community members.
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Students seeking psychological counseling may speak with Alicia Rhine for guidance and counselor referrals in a neighborhood near your place of residence.  The Office of Student Academics will work with you to find the best approach for you. Often, students will want to consult with their health insurance company to see what counselors are covered under their insurance and what payment policies are association with counseling care.

The Office of Student Academics recommends these resources for counseling:

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A time-honored tool for spiritual formation is making space in our busy lives for personal devotions. Here are some reasources to enhance your devotional experience. We encourage you to set aside  a quiet time and place to reflect on the messages, opening up time and space for God.

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Daily devotionals maybe found by going to:

http://www.pcusa.org/devotions

http://www.journeytothecross.com

http://gamc.pcusa.org/ministries/devotions/

http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/

http://www.d365.org/todaysdevotion/

http://lectio-divina.org/

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An ecumenical prayer cycle offered by the World Council of Churches.
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In God's Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

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At the very heart of the ecumenical movement is the reality of prayer. Jesus prayed that we may all be one, united in God in the mystery of the Trinity. That is the basis and the goal of our search for unity.

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Ways to stay physically healthy in seminary through fitness.
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As a ministry leader, you can model self-care and healthy choices for others by taking care of your physical health (as well as boost your confidence, energy, and focus).  Here are ways to do just that through fitness in the Hyde Park area.

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Hyde Park Fitness Options

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A description of a common form of depression that can affect students.
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Seasonal Affective Disorder (appropriately named SAD or the Winter Blues) can be serious, but is a very treatable form of depression which can occur each year, starting in fall or winter and ending in spring or early summer.   The mood disorder is triggered by the reduction of sunlight during the winter months.   While those who move to Chicago from sunnier climates may be prone to this, many who live all their lives in the midwest or northern climates can suffer from SAD as well.   The first  episodes are most likely to appear in individuals during their