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

Congregational Training with Rev. Cean James Begins: 
9:00 am – 12:00 noon
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.
Each session is from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.
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.

Quiet Days on Various Dates in East Greenville

Quiet Days2017 Dates:   MAY 2, JUN 6,
 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   Note:  There will not be a “Quiet Day” in July.

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.