GPC Communities of Practice
Eastern United States, Tri-State Area, Eastern, PA
Within the Eastern United States we have five teaching ministers: Tilda Norberg (New York Tri-State Area), Sara Goold (New York Tri-State Area), Wanda Craner (Eastern PA), Rhoda Glick, and Yuri Ando. Penn House in Dingmans Ferry, PA (80 miles from NYC) is a gathering place for this community where training and retreats happen regularly. Trainings and events also happen in other locations in the region including southeast PA, Connecticut and Long Island.
Intern in this region: Regina Cassidy.
Sase Sumika is a Gestalt Pastoral Care Minister who trained in New York and is now ministering in Japan.
A growing community is located in the Pittsburgh area where Opening to Grace Retreats have been held for decades and the first foundational training was taught in 2007. Betty Voigt is a teaching minister who tends the administrative details of this group. She also runs Healing Care Center (formerly Holy Ground), a retreat center that is the location of many GPC events. There are currently three interns in this community: CjE Haury, Debra Flint and Susan Vande Kappelle. Two peer supervision groups made up of about ten people who have completed the GPC Foundational course meet regularly for practice and supervision; one north and one south of Pittsburgh.
Midwest United States
Goshen, Indiana is where GPC is located in the Midwest. Linda Lehman Thomas, teaching minister, tends the growth of this new community where the first foundational training was held in 2010. Jane Miller, intern, meets with individuals and leads groups as part of her internship. Two groups of foundational training graduates meet monthly in a format known as "working groups" which provides space for people to continue tending their own growth.
A supervision group meets monthly for practitioners at various levels of training who are providing individual GPC ministry and need support and accountability.
Opening to Grace Days and various levels of training are offered throughout the year at Pathways Retreat in Goshen and other locations.