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.
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.
The Rev. Stephanie Allen is the priest of the Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, NC, and believes that caring for God’s creation should be a top priority for churches everywhere. She finds that the experience of grace abounds as she talks about the joy of composting and knows she will never be one of those beautiful people who only produce a mason-jar worth of trash.
Carl Sigel spent his professional life in the pharmaceutical industry. Now retired, he is committed to working with organizations that focus on addressing climate change and increasing food security including NC Interfaith Power & Light, Environmental Ministry Committee, Episcopal Diocese of NC, Capital Area Food Network, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, NC Composting Council, and NC Audubon. At the Church of the Nativity, Carl leads the Enviromental Stewardship group and a project, Becoming the Good Soil, Bearing the Fruit That Will Last, which is based on the proven concept of “carbon farming”.
I am a Pastor, Not a Fundraiser!
with Tracey Appling
June 19, 2019
In this webinar, you will:
- Learn fundamental fundraising techniques that can positively impact your stewardship campaign.
- Understand the importance of creating a culture that encourages year-round tithing.
- Discover the importance of the Pastor’s role in successful fundraising.
Dr. Tracy Appling has more than 20 years of fundraising experience with large and small nonprofits, and higher education institutions. As a professor at N.C. State University, Dr. Appling teaches fundraising to students interested in pursuing careers in the public sector field. At her United Methodist Church, she serves as the Stewardship Chairperson and helps develop and implement the annual stewardship campaign.
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