Tuesday, October 3, 2017
9:30 am – 3:00 pm (1/2 hour for lunch)
St. Luke’s UMC – Bryn Mawr, PA
This workshop seeks to develop a systemic understanding of how clearer boundaries are a foundational component of a healthier ministry especially in the area of human sexuality. Attendees will develop an increased awareness of the life-long process of creating and maintaining personal and professional sexual boundaries through the application of Family Systems concepts to the analysis of their own ministerial roles and contexts.
Workshop Leader – Mayra Picos-Lee, D.Min, M.Div., LMFT
Esperanza College & Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University
Dr. Mayra Picos-Lee, a native of Mexico, teaches pastoral counseling at Esperanza College and Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University. She is also the Director of the MTS Latino/a Ministries program at Palmer Seminary. Dr. Picos-Lee holds a D.Min. (Marriage and Family Ministry) and M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is also a marriage and family therapist licensed by the AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy). Recently she was appointed President of the Board for the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America (BPFNA) / Bautistas por la Paz, a non-profit organization that gathers, equips, and mobilizes Baptist members and congregations in North America to build a culture of peace rooted in justice.
As a Mexican immigrant, Dr. Picos-Lee is keenly interested in issues of immigration, and through her teaching experience at Palmer Seminary has contributed to the broadening of seminarians’ perspectives on immigration and other issues that affect our ability to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Beyond her teaching experience at Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, Dr. Picos-Lee has extensive experience teaching pastoral care and counseling in Mexico and Central and South America and the USA. Over the past years, Dr. Picos-Lee has also been involved in interfaith dialogue. She believes that learning to love one another is a biblical mandate that extends beyond the barriers that we, as human beings, have created due to our differences in language, culture, ethnicity and religion, and that the fulfillment of this mandate is made possible when we befriend those who we have been taught to fear. Being an immigrant has increased Dr. Picos-Lee’s sensitivity to the importance of extending hospitality and welcoming the stranger, and thus she uses her educational platform to teach, discuss and explore ways in which, as Christians, we are called to love one another by extending hospitality to all of God’s children.
Dr. Picos-Lee also maintains a private practice as a marriage and family therapist in Devon, PA, serving immigrants, bicultural families of various backgrounds, women, and other populations who have been historically disempowered.