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Unemployed Together during the COVID-19 Shutdown Six Small Group Sessions

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Unemployed Together during the COVID-19 Shutdown
Six Small Group Sessions

Help those unemployed during the COVID-19 shutdown gather for faith-sharing online.

Offered at no cost (with free will offering option). Simply add to your cart and checkout.

  • Specifically addresses layoffs from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Includes recommendations for hosting small group faith sharing via video conferencing (participants can most likely arrange the technology for you).
  • Provides pastoral care and community to your parishioners in this difficult situation.
  • Offers six sessions with clear instructions so they can be self-directed by the group.

Extended families, co-workers, school classes, and friends are using video conferencing to connect. We as a church can do the same, and this small group guide guides you through the technology and process.

During this time of physical distancing, small group faith sharing is both a challenge and an opportunity. Many people are feeling lonely and isolated with a dramatic reduction of in-person interactions. Those who have lost paid work have also lost the social connections that came with that work. It is more important than ever to connect, and technology can help us to hold each other in community and be an important way to provide pastoral care.

This small group process will help those who have lost jobs talk through what they are experiencing and put it in a Christian context. How is God still working in their lives and inviting them to new life?

  • Session 1: Seeking a Spirituality of Work
  • Session 2: Listening to Unemployed Workers
  • Session 3: Losing One's Job as a Spiritual Experience
  • Session 4: The Spirituality of Being Unemployed
  • Session 5: The Spiritual Work Between Jobs
  • Session 6: Work/Life Balance

Each session includes:

  • Opening and closing prayers
  • A short background reading specific to the given occupation, with reflection questions
  • A scripture passage, with reflection questions
  • An "action response" challenge for the next week

The guide includes clear small group "ground rules," leader guidelines, and an appendix with suggested next steps and resources.

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Format: eResource
Product code: PC4109
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
Length: 23 pages
The Pastoral Center
Written by Joseph Gossé
Edited by Ann Naffziger and Paul Canavese


Ann Naffziger has her MDiv from the Jesuit School of Theology and MA in Biblical Languages from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley.  Ann has worked in a variety of parish roles, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain, spiritual director, scripture instructor, and adjunct faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University. She has written articles in the field of spirituality and scripture for AmericaBustedHalo.comCommonwealThe National Catholic ReporterSpiritual Life: A Journal of Contemplative Spirituality, and other publications. Ann is the author of The Catholic Way, annual Advent & Lent bookets, and a variety of other pastoral resources published by The Pastoral Center, which she co-directs with her husband Paul Canavese. She is also a Master Gardener and girls' softball coach. She lives in Alameda, CA, with her husband and two daughters.

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Paul Canavese serves as director of The Pastoral Center (, author, frequent conference speaker, and pastoral consultant. He has his MTS from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley. He directs (focused on coaching parents) and ("intentional daily life Catholicism"). He has served in a wide range of parish ministries, most recently as a pastoral consultant at Corpus Christi Parish in Piedmont, CA. Paul also has 20 years of experience in software development and management with technology startups and social media. Along with his wife Ann, two daughters, and seven chickens, he lives in Alameda, CA, where they operate a mini-urban farm and looks for creative ways to build community in their neighborhood.

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