Journey down an autumn path

Thoughts from the Bedside (Book Study)

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Facilitated by Bill Holmes, M.D. & M.Div., author of the recently released book by the same title.


Throughout our ministries, whether we are pastors, chaplains, or physicians, we encounter people whose lives have been thrown into a state of disorientation. Because of illness or loss, they might struggle with uncertainty about what has happened, why it happened, and what to do now. Finding one’s way to a new orientation involves revisiting that which has already formed and sustained us. In much of Christendom there is some degree of reliance on prayer and community mixed with some expectation of divine intervention (miracles). There is often a turn to scripture for comfort and understanding.

Learning Goals

  1. Experience one man’s journey from medicine to chaplaincy
  2. Articulate the role of “presence” in your ministry to the suffering. What does presence look like?
  3. Give a brief discussion of what “It’s a miracle!” might mean.
  4. Be able to discuss factors that might have an adverse effect on how illnesses, acute and chronic, might be affected by social issues including racism, environmental issues, gender identity, and medical insurance.


Thoughts from the Bedside: From Medicine to Chaplaincy and Beyond, Bill Holmes, Amazon


Week 1: Introductions / personal & Professional & why your interested in this topic / Read Chapters 1, 2, & 3

Week 2: Read Chapter 4,5, & 6

Week 3: Read 7 & 8 and wrapup