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The Lantz Foundation

The vision of the Robert B. Lantz Foundation is “To provide viable and relevant educational and charitable support to the clerical, pastoral and health care workers of the Northern Neck of Virginia.”    

The Foundation is supporting the Bay Center’s  2013 “A Year of Health and Wellness for Helping and Healing Professionals”. This is an exciting and unique collaboration.

The Rev. Robert Bryan Lantz was a Lutheran minister and an Association of Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor. After receiving his certificate in Patient Counseling from the Medical College of Virginia in 1964, the Rev. Lantz accepted a position as Chairman of the Chaplain's Department for the Baltimore City Hospitals.

In subsequent years, he directed programs at the Memphis Institute of Medicine and Religion and taught pastoral counseling at St. Paul's College in Washington, D.C., Memphis Theological Seminary, and the University of Tennessee Medical Units School. In 1973, he founded the Maryland Institue of Pastoral Counseling.  

The Rev. Lantz served on the board of trustees of the Medical College of Virginia Foundation in 2006 and spent nearly 15 years as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Program in Patient Counseling.  

The Rev. Lantz found his Medical College of Virginia residency to be the richest educational experience of his life, forming the foundation of his professional career. It was his vision to provide educational opportunities and support to clergy and medical professionals located on the Northern Neck of Virginia.

“A Year of Health and Wellness for Helping & Healing Professionals”

This program for 2013, supported by The Robert B. Lantz Foundation, includes the following:

  1. A four session series titled “Clergy Well-Being and Congregational Care” with a half day session held in each of the four quarters of 2013. The session topics and leaders include:
    1. “Critical Issues in Family Systems Theory & Practice”, April 20, 2013
      Leaders: The Rev. Dr. William Arnold & The Rev. Margaret Anne Fohl
    2. “Handling Conflict in Congregational Settings”, May 18, 2013
      Leader: Karen Donavan Salter
    3. “What Hijacks Personal & Professional Life: Stress, Compassion Fatigue, etc.”, September 28, 2013
      Leader: Dr. Angela Duncan
    4. “Ethical Dilemmas in the Clergy Context”, Date To Be Announced
      Leader: To Be Announced
  2. Retreat Days
    1. An all day retreat for health care providers with a focus on the Rappahannock General Hospital Oncology staff.
    2. An all day “Grief and Loss” Retreat for the support of those dealing with grief and loss in our community. (a. and b. will utilize expertise from Hospice of VA chaplain, Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck and MCV).
    3. An all day retreat entitled “Going to the Well” for spiritual directors and pastoral care providers (lay, clergy, chaplains, etc.).
  3. Our 6th Annual Helpers & Healers Gathering to include participants from all the helping and healing professions (e.g. legal, clergy, doctors, nurses, counselors, therapists, and providers of wellness programs such as physical therapists, yoga, meditation professionals, etc.). The gathering will include speakers and food and promote networking, information sharing and the development of an on-line directory of helpers and healers provided through the Bay Center Website.
  4. Identification and development of self-sustaining support and/or peer groups, including for example, a grief support group, a spiritual direction peer group, contemplative prayer/meditation groups.
  5. Web page development for the Bay Center to include: a) effective communication of the Bay Center’s vision and purpose; b) the promotion of educational and spiritual development classes, workshops and events; c) the on-line directory of area “Helpers and Healers”; d) on-line registration and donation capability.
  6. An initial event to introduce the Robert B. Lantz Foundation to the community and to promote the Foundation’s and Bay Center’s “The Year of Health and Wellness for Helping and Healing Professionals” as made possible by the Foundation.