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The mission of the Befriender Ministry is to educate, form, and support men and women as leaders for a listening ministry of care.  Based on a model of mutuality, this national and ecumenical ministry heals hearts, energizes communities, and transforms a suffering world. 

Foundation Principles                       leaf    

God is Present                                                               

Caring not Curing                  

Non judgmental Presence

Listening Presence                                                        

   Out of Solitude
The friend who can be silent with us
in a moment of despair or confusion,
who can stay with us in an hour of grief or bereavement,
who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing,
and face with us the reality of our powerlessness,
that is the friend who cares.  by Henri Nouwen        

Regional Befriender
Sponsored Retreat

June 7, 2016, 6-8 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, 619 Broadway, Fargo, ND

Art Phillips

Topic:  The Road to Little Rock

Lessons to be learned for all who minister to others

 Art Phillips, Director/Producer

Learn about the legacy of Judge Ronald N. Davies and the Little  Rock Nine
Be inspired by the courage and integrity of Judge Davies
Identify BeFriender principles exemplified by Judge Davis and the Little Rock Nine

Target Audience:   All BeFrienders, Parish Nurses, clergy, potential BeFrienders, and interested congregational members.

Registration:   Begins at 5:30 p.m., $15 fee payable at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP: Sister Sharon Houle 701-232-2414 or

Planing Committee:   BeFriender Ministry Leaders from Atonement Lutheran, Bethlehem Lutheran, Christ the King Lutheran, CHI Riverview, First Lutheran, Nativity, & Triumph Lutheran Brethren.