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White Privilege: Let’s Talk : Feb. 25 or Mar. 4 or Mar. 18

An opportunity for the PSEC to engage in Safe, meaningful, substantive and bold conversation about race, utilizing the UCC’s transformational curriculum.
Four different dates are being offered:   Feb. 25, Mar. 4 or Mar. 18
 To register for the Feb. 25th event at Glenside UCC, Glenside,  click here.
To register for the Mar. 4th event at Zwingli UCC, Souderton, click here.
To register for the Mar. 18th event at Community UCC, Reading, click here.

 

Feb. 28th – Boundary Training

Feb. 28th—sponsored by Pennsylvania Southeast Conference
@ Church of the Ascension, Jeffersonville
Sessions will be led by Stephen R. Treat, DMin, LMFT. Dr. Treat is a Staff Therapist for the Council for Relationships, University City and Spring House and CEO Emeritus.
Fee $40.00 for PSEC members, $50.00 for non PSEC members – Fee includes lunch. 
Click here to register for this event.
Click here for a flyer on all four 2017 boundary training events.

Mar. 4, 11, 18 and 25 (mornings)- Lenten Awakenings @ St. Luke’s, Trappe

Lenten Awakenings at St. Luke’s, Trappe
Times: 9:00 am – 11:30 am
Book: “Pray like a Gourmet: Creative ways to Feed Your Soul”, by David Brazzeal.
Each participant is responsible for purchasing their own book.

There is no registration fee, just come to be amazed.

Mar. 5 – An Evening with Refugees @ St. Paul’s UCC, Douglassville

“An Evening with Refugees” By Sarah Racine
7pm –  Photo Gallery in Sanctuary
7:30pm – Presentation by Sarah Racine
Refreshments in Fellowship Hall to follow, or people can revisit the photo gallery.  No fee.

Join us for a special evening with Sarah to find ways you can be involved with this worldwide refugee crisis! Let the numbers you hear in the news become people. People with a story to tell. Come walk through an exhibition and meet some of the people who are fleeing from war-torn nations. Sarah will talk about what it is like to serve in a refugee camp, and ways you can support her ongoing work in the camps in Greece. For more information on Sarah go to www.sarahracine.org 

Below is a video an organization made of her work in Greece. They can’t show the camps though, so it’s just some scenic areas around the camps. 
https://vimeo.com/192281435 
For flyer, click here.   To register, click here.

Mar. 6, 20, 28 and Apr. 3 (evenings)- Lenten Awakenings @ Maidencreek Church, Blandon

Time—6:30 to 8pm at Maidencreek Church, 261 Main St, Blandon.
There is no fee, but you need to purchase your own book, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson.
Please call the church office(610-926-3907), so that we can properly plan the event.

Micah 6:8 And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,        and to walk humbly with your God?

“Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson is about “invisible people. Those we choose not to think about and those we would rather forget. They are people on death row and children sentenced to life imprisonment. They are poor people without legal representation. They are children, who are immature and lack adult reason, but are tried and sentenced as adults. Sometimes, they are people that are just innocent, but it’s better to have someone convicted.
Bryan Stevenson fights for those innocents wrongly convicted. He shows us the inequity of justice between the “have nots” and the “haves”. He shows us, that as people of faith, we need to do our work to end an injustice.
During the Lenten season, we seek to draw closer to God through our spiritual practices. Bryan Stevenson shows us that through our mission work, not only are we drawn to God through our labors, but also through the faith of those who seem to have little reason for hope.

Quiet Days on Various Dates in East Greenville

Quiet Days2017 Dates:   MAR 7, APR 4, MAY 2, JUN 6,
JUL 11, AUG 1, SEP 5, OCT 3, NOV 7, DEC 5
  Quiet Days are held at New Goshenhoppen UCC, 1070 Church Road in East Greenville, PA 18041. They are designed to open new avenues of communing with God, and to provide an opportunity for sharing faith journeys and stories. They allow for Sabbath time and renewal in the midst of our busy world. There is no formal registration, but a minimum donation of $5 is requested on Quiet Day. Each participant is asked to bring a Bible, journal, pen and a bag lunch. Come and see what God has in store for you! More information about Quiet Days

Mar. 16th – Diversity Awareness Training

The PSEC Church and Ministry Council presents a Diversity Awareness Training for pastors on Thursday, March 16. This training puts our conference ahead of a proposed resolution for this summer’s General Synod that would ask Committees on Ministry to require all authorized ministers to regularly complete training on Cultural Diversity/Sensitivity and Institutional Racism. This training is voluntary, but all clergy are encouraged to attend.
The presenter, Naomi Christine Leapheart, will address how diversity awareness impacts ministry and how ministers cultivate diversity awareness within their congregations. Naomi was the suburban community organizer for POWER – Philadelphians Organized to Witness, Empower and Rebuild – a multi-faith, multi-racial network of congregations working across lines of race, faith, income level, and neighborhood to do justice work in the city. She earned a Master of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary in 2016 and in the fall was appointed the Faith Work Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force.
The cost to register is $20.00.    Click here for the flyer.  Click here to register.

Mar. 18 or Apr. 22 or Apr. 29 – CD Training – Diagnosing the Health of Your Congregation

Congregational Training with Rev. Cean James Begins:

Diagnosing The Health of Your Congregation with Bowen Family Systems Theory

For about 20 years now, congregations have been using the work of psychiatrist Murray Bowen to better understand the church as a family system. Bowen Family Systems Theory provides congregational leaders with a framework for understanding behaviors they are experiencing in congregations. Surely, congregations aren’t families, yet in congregations of all sizes the relationships within the congregation sometimes have family-like intensity. “We allow behaviors in congregations that we would only allow in our family or (adversely) we allow behaviors in congregations that we would never allow in our family. Bowen Theory, when used well, builds awareness and confidence in the leader, provides a more objective view of the congregation, and calms anxiety. It allows thinking to catch up with praying and praying to catch up with thinking.”

*Alban at Duke Divinity School is our primary resource.

These sessions are free to attend.  Three different locations are being offered.
This is open to everyone, especially pastors and church leaders.

To register for the March 18th session @ Woodcrest UCC in Philadelphia, click here.
To register for the April 22nd session @ Reformed Church of the Ascension in Norristown, click here.
To register for the April 29th session @ St. Paul’s in Auburn, click here.

Apr. 1 – Church President and Pastor Training @ Zwingli UCC, Souderton

Church Presidents and Pastors work together for the betterment of their churches.  Members turn to the two of you to see that you are working in harmony to complete the missions of your church.  Join us for this informative session which will cover; roles, working as a team, building your team and more.
This event will take place from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon @ Zwingli UCC in Souderton.
To register, click here.    For a flyer on this event, click here.

Apr. 26 – Church Secretary Training @ Church of the Good Shepherd, Boyertown


Join the “Secretaries of the PSEC Conference”, Brea and Sue, for an afternoon of  fellowship, sharing of ideas and training. We will fellowship over lunch and then discuss; managing the UCC structure, record keeping, bulletins, newsletters, social media and more. 

This event will run from 12:30 – 4:00 pm. 
LUNCH is included in this $15.00 registration fee.
Click here to register.    Click here for a flyer on this event.

Apr. 28 – 30 – 2017 Spring Youth Event @ South Mountain YMCA Camp, Reinholds

The PSEC 2017 Spring Youth Event will be held from April 28th to 30th at South Mountain YMCA Camp, 201 Cushion Peak Road in Wernersville, PA 19565 for youth between the ages of 13 to 18. Registration fee of $90 per person includes meals, lodging, events, and activities. The event will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday and conclude around noon on Sunday. 
Registration deadline is April 16th.

Focus Scripture: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have love you, you also should love one another.” – John 13:34

Please be sure to read the overview and to complete the attached Medical, Assumption of Risks and Permission Forms found by clicking here.  To register, click here.

 

 

May 2-4 – 23rd Annual Clergy Convocation

Join us for a time of collegiality, spiritual renewal and education for authorized ministeres and members in discernment.  The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ will be the Guest Speaker.

     The Rev. John C. Dorhauer, author and theologian, currently serves as ninth General Minister and President of the United Church of Christ.      Before his election at the 30th General Synod in June 2015, Dorhauer was the Conference Minister of the Southwest Conference of the UCC, the regional body that provides support and services to 47 local UCC congregations and clergy within Arizona, New Mexico and El Paso, Texas.      Dorhauer received a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Glennon College (1983), and has a Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary (1988), the same year he was ordained in the United Church of Christ. He received a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Theological Seminary (2004), where he studied white privilege and its effects on the church. His second book, Beyond Resistance: The Institutional Church Meets the Postmodern World, was released in June 2015. His first book (written with Sheldon Culver), Steeplejacking: How the Christian Right is Hijacking Mainstream Religion, was published in June 2007.      Dorhauer is passionate about justice. Two statements that shape his theology are: “God is love. God is just.” He is also passionate about the future of the denomination, insistent “that the Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” 

Early bird registration ends Feb. 28th.  All registrations end March 27th. 
To register click here.

May 23 – Boundary Training

May 23rd—sponsored by Pennsylvania Southeast Conference
@ Epler’s Church UCC, Leesport
Session will be led by Stephen R. Treat, DMin, LMFT. Dr. Treat is a Staff Therapist for the Council for Relationships, University City and Spring House and CEO Emeritus.
Fee $40.00 for PSEC members, $50.00 for non PSEC members – Fee includes lunch. 
Click here to register for this event.
Click here for a flyer on all four 2017 boundary training events.