Program Overview

Spirited Life: Selah is a program to deeply engage with one of three practices designed specifically to equip clergy with the tools they need to manage and respond to the stresses of ministry.

Spirited Life: Selah has two primary components:

  • Six weeks of programming that introduces clergy to particular stress-reduction skills and approaches, and invites them into daily practice in community with a cohort of 20-25 other clergy.
  • A six-month behavioral health study that uses surveys, biometric data, interviews, and daily reporting to rigorously determine whether or not each program made a difference in stress symptoms.

Clergy who wish to participate in Selah will enroll in January 2020. The registration process will allow participants to rank their preference for each of the practices, and these preferences will be the primary way in which practices are assigned.

Learn about each of the practices:

Workshops will take place between April 2020 and Spring 2021.

In early March 2020, all registered participants learn their assigned practice, and will receive a link to register for a Spirited Life: Selah workshop.

Spirited Life: Selah begins with attendance and participation at an overnight workshop. The Selah workshops have been designed to introduce you to a new stress reduction practice and to a group of fellow clergy who will learn with you. These events will also offer you the gift of rest, silence, and worship.

Following attendance at the workshop, participants will be invited to six months of daily practice and some virtual follow-up sessions with the clergy from their workshop. The number of follow-up sessions varies by practice. Practice will be encouraged via text messages from their instructors and the Selah staff.

Because Selah is a behavioral health study, click here to understand what participation in the research elements of Selah  entails.

Participants who complete the Spirited Life: Selah program will be eligible for one CEU from Duke University.