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We are hardwired for connection.

Relational neuroscience supports what Christians have known for generations—humans were not made to be alone. Made in the image of the Triune God, people function better when they are interconnected with one another. Individual wellbeing is enhanced by healthy interpersonal interaction.

Unfortunately, one of the significant outcomes of COVID-19 has been an increase in loneliness, first due to social isolation and now due to decreased capacity for connection. 

At Bethel, employees are encouraged to re-establish connection while at work. Here are a few opportunities that could help:

Renew Retreats

Part of the fall wellbeing opportunities.  Join Bethel Seminary intern, Tessa Pinkstaff, as she guides employees through several opportunities to connect with one another and God via 'mini-retreats' hosted on campus.  

Take Action

Employees from across the university are invited to connect by participating in the Take Action group. See what they're reading and participating in by following this link.  Contact Kent Gerber, Sherryse Corrow, Rachel Anderson, or Elisabeth Lefebvre to learn more.

Yoga for Employees

Join certified yoga teacher and Associate Professor of Counseling (GS), Amy Evans, as she guides employees through a yoga practice on:

  • Tuesdays from 11:10-11:50 a.m. in ANC460
  • Thursdays from 9:10-9:50 a.m. in ANC460
  • Thursdays from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Wellness Center studio (students also present)

Wear comfortable clothes, bring your own mat, and reach out to Amy for more information.

Part of a Group?

Are you part of a group of employees that informally gathers due to a common interest you share? Do you have room for other employees to join in? If yes, please reach out to Christine Osgood in the office of people and culture to see about publicizing your group here.