|Ministry for Earth Inter-Relationships|
|Sacred System Connections is a multi-faceted ministry offering community and church congregational, as well as individual and family, opportunities for personal growth and well-being. This ministry serves all denominations and religions, as well as those with no religious affiliation.
This ministry is provided as a private practice by the Rev. Mary Catherine (Kitty) Bass, M. Div., MSW, LCSW, ordained by the Red Hill UUA congregation as a community minister for earth inter-relationships.
Kitty was graduated from Wake Forest University, seminary, and graduate school in social work. She did post-graduate work in Family Systems Theory and Psychotherapy at the Family Center (now Bowen Center for the Study of the Family) at the Medical School, Georgetown University, Washington D.C. She is a licensed clinical social worker.
Having taught biology and earth science and then practiced as a clinician for over 30 years as a family therapist, this ministry honors the relationship connections between natural systems and spirituality in human life. It supports the principle that all life is evolving, connected, inter-related, and a part of the web at all existence - universal Oneness.
Work is toward creating self-defined, principled goals for responsible, joyful living in a time of global change and societal challenge.
|Pet Chaplain Ministry|
|-- Honoring our ancient human-animal bond, providing dignity and respect for relationships with animals
-- Support group for humans who have lost animal companions
-- Individual and family consultation for pet loss and grief including work with children and elderly
-- Services of celebration, memorial, animal blessing, etc. for individuals, families, groups, and churche
|Sacred System Connections offers:|
|Integrated Spiritual Direction|
|... a natural systems focus on mind/body/soul - family/place/spirit relationship functioning, addressing personal goal setting, discovery, and creativity from the perspective of wholeness and inter-relatedness. Coaching and consultation supports:|
|-- individual, marital, and family relationships
-- challenges involving health and aging
-- lifestyle changes
-- four-hour mini-retreats for integrated spiritual direction may be arrange
|Supervision in Bowen Family Theory|
|... training and supervision, individually and in small groups, is available for ministers and clinicians. This learning provides an excellent introduction to Bowen Theory for clinicians and Bowen Theory and Theology for ministers.
Services of Celebration
|... a ministry of celebration, personalizing life passages:|
|-- new homes
-- births, children, grandchildren
-- other celebrations including weddings, renewal of vows, etc
-- Knitted Prayer Shawl Ministry, knitting classes, meditation, retreat
|Ministry for Earth provides:|
|... church and congregational support for Green Sanctuary Programs. Group discussions on "A Sense of Place" - others to be announced. Presentations on "Being with Flowers as Spiritual Practice," "This Sacred Season," and "Animals: Spiritual Teachers" to be arranged.|
|... the Paul and Louise Katherine Peterson Bass Sanctuary Garden, affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Association Ministry for Earth project, offers a labyrinth for walks, prayer, and meditation. Open to the public first Sundays, 3-5 p.m. EST, 4-6 p.m. DST.|
|... individual coaching and consultation, workshops, presentations, and congregation discussion on creating an innovative, sustainable lifestyle during global warming and societal challenge, this new time in history -- "The Great Turning," arranged.|
|... seasonal, earth, peace and solstice celebrations announced.|