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Personal Growth


Bethel provides many opportunities to learn about current topics and issues that are present in our communities and daily lives. Check back often for information about upcoming classes.



On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Dr. Heather Blue gave a presentation describing what opioids are and how they can be appropriately used for pain treatment. She also discussed the dangers of opioid overdose and factors that increase overdose risk. Additionally, her presentation provided current statistics on opioid overdose deaths and ways these deaths may be prevented.

Click here to view the presentation on you tube

Click here to view the presentation via The River Channel's Facebook Page

Bio: Dr. Heather Blue is a Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy- Duluth campus. She completed her PharmD at the University of Minnesota and completed a  residency at Allina Health Mercy and Unity hospitals. After residency, she worked as clinical pharmacist at Mercy Hospital, Coon Rapids, MN. Since joining as faculty in 2016, Dr. Blue has received several awards for her teaching and clinical practice including Teacher of the Year and Minnesota Society of Health Systems Pharmacy Outstanding Pharmacist of the Year, and in 2018 was inducted into the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center Academic of Excellence in Healthcare Practice. Her current research is based on her clinical practice in the emergency department at St. Luke’s Hospital Duluth, with an emphasis in opioid overdose reduction strategies.


This Lutheran movement called Via de Cristo is a Spanish phrase meaning “Way of Christ.” Via de Cristo is a highly structured three-day weekend designed to strengthen and renew the faith of Christian people and bring them to a new awareness of living in God's grace. It is a combined effort of lay people and clergy toward renewal of the church.

A weekend is three days long, beginning on Thursday evening and ending on Sunday afternoon. The participants live, study, worship and commune together daily. Through 14 progressive talks, Via de Cristo gives attendees a living understanding of basic Christian truths. There is music and singing, food and fellowship, a time for laughter and a time for prayer.

Find out more about this experience and schedule of dates at the Lutheran Via De Cristo of Minnesota website HERE.



Bethel's past series:  Mental Health in the St. Croix Valley helped to reduce stigma of Mental Health.  You can watch the series below:

Part 1 with Dr. Chris Babbitt and Personal Story from Anna Johnson

Part 2 with Rev. Dr. Gary Wilkerson and Personal Story from Kaitlin Dulyn

Part 3 with Panel Discussion: Dr. Chris Babbitt, Sarah Jamieson, Angela Goebel, James Wildman