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Caring for God’s Creation
with Carl Sigel and Stephanie Allen
Tuesday, April 30
Imagine having a pancake breakfast for your whole congregation and only creating one bag of waste…
One Raleigh Episcopal congregation, Church of the Nativity, has done just that. Throughout the past few decades, Nativity has developed an increasing commitment and intentionality to find ways to care for creation. Carl Sigel and The Rev. Stephanie Allen will present Nativity’s journey, including the lessons learned and the successes. Creation care is a vital responsibility for our churches to address; and, Nativity’s experience can help move our efforts along.
and Building Understanding
with Linda Harris
Tuesday, March 26
In this webinar, the Rev. Linda Harris will invite you to journey with her to approach the issue of conflict. There are many references to conflict in the Bible, including conflict between nations, among friends, and in families. What we believe will determine the way we respond to such difficulties. Each of us deals with conflict differently, for example by:
- taking the bull by the horns
- fight or flight
- wishing it away
- or jumping in, which can sometimes backfire…
Embracing conflict can be helpful in building understanding and better relationships. It can also help us manage and experience greater personal and professional success. By dealing with conflict, we recognize that the strongest part of a story is what is hidden. But with conversation, that part of the story can be revealed.
Linda Harris, circuit rider and pastor, has acquired more than 43 years of diverse leadership and ministry training. She is a certified Biblical Life coach and a certified Conflict Transformation pastor serving the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC).
Linda’s professional and leadership experience is the result of more than 34 years of work in the NCCUMC. She also serves as a volunteer with NC prisons and other outreach ministries and is presently working with several programs on dismantling racism, the top priority of the NCCUMC leadership.
Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Series: Living into Community across Difference
In this webinar, Helsel takes a storytelling approach to describe the challenges and gifts that come from hearing and telling stories about racism. Part of the struggle involves remaining compassionate towards ourselves through the journey, and strengthening our “emotional muscles” to better bear one another’s burdens. Drawing from language of spiritual practices, Helsel deepens our capacity for tough conversations and points to how to have these conversations with others.
The Rev. Dr. Carolyn B. Helsel is the author of Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully About Racism (Chalice Press: 2018) and Preaching about Racism: A Guide for Faith Leaders (Chalice Press: 2018). Her work helps people of faith, particularly white people, to have conversations about race by attending to emotions and honoring the experiences of those present. Helsel teaches preaching at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is a minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Necessity is the Mother of … Innovation
Thursday, November 8, 2018
A slight amendment to that old cliche: Necessity is the mother of innovation. Innovation in the church is most effective when it comes from genuine needs and experiences rather than for its own sake. That’s been the ethos of Root and Branch Church, and Pastor Tim Kim will share about the different needs that have provoked innovation for his community.
Tim Kim is Co-Founder and Head Pastor of Root and Branch Church, a five year old church plant of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in Chicago. He is also a graduate of the University of Chicago Divinity School, a Bob Dylan devotee, and a confused reader of Kierkegaard.
Innovation through Fresh Expressions
November 1, 2018
How can innovation help us achieve our mission? How can our vision inform our innovation? This webinar will explore the ways in which faith communities are taking risks and using innovation to reach new people in new places and in new ways.
Rev. Dr. Audrey Warren is the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Miami, Florida, and co-author of Fresh Expressions: A New Kind of Methodist Church for People Not in Church, with Bishop Kenneth Carter. She has an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary, and has served in Central Florida, North Carolina, South Africa, and Miami.
Resilience: What to Do When Innovation Doesn’t Work as Planned
October 25, 2018
Failure is a critical component of any ultimate success. Often referred to as grit, resilience is the key to reaching that ultimate success by developing the art of picking yourself up after failure and persevering. This webinar will explore some of the research on resilience as well as offer some ways to develop this skill with some deliberate, intentional tools. Dawn Dillon, this session’s facilitator, is the Director of Retention and the First Year Experience at William Peace University, where she teaches in the Leadership Studies and Honors program. She is a member of Edenton Street UMC and currently serves as the Lay Leader.
A Culture of Great Meetings
September 6, 2018
Series: Practical Ministry Matters
The ability to run a great meeting is a skill set that can make a real impact on your church. In this condensed, one-hour webinar, you will learn a few key tips to making a culture of effective and engaging meetings.
Jason Schreuder is a coach and trainer, who has worked in team-building for the U.S. Army and Zenergy Technologies. He is a member at 519 Church in the Apex UMC community.
Facebook … Adapting Strategies
July 19, 2018
Series: Practical Ministry Matters
Because of Facebook changes, churches need to adapt how they reach out about their events, church service information, and marketing. Join Rev. Dan Wunderlich from Lakeside UMC in Sanford, FL, to hear what’s new, what’s different, and what you need to do to adapt in this effective tool for reaching people!