Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education Curriculum Training (Adults/Young Adults, 18-35)
Instructors: Michael Tino and Kirsten deFur
Friday, January 24, 2013 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 25, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
This two-day intensive sexual education training will certify participants to teach Our Whole Lives curriculum to Young Adults. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. The course promotes four core values: self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity.
Weddings, Funerals, and Memorial Services
Instructors: Janet Walton and Barbara Lundblad with other resource people
Friday February 28, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday March 1, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Should a wedding look like weddings in the movies? Should a funeral be in the church or at the funeral home? Can I preside at a wedding or funeral if I’m not ordained? This two-day course will engage those questions and several more:
- What is included in pre-marital counseling? Should it be required?
- What is involved in planning the wedding ceremony: order of service, vows, scripture and other readings, music, customs (i.e. jumping the broom)?
- What if the people getting married are from different religions or none? Will I preside at weddings for non-members if I’m a parish pastor?
- How can I minister to someone who is dying and to their loved ones?
- Will there be a funeral, a memorial service or a celebration of life?
- What scripture, other readings, music and testimonies about the deceased will be part of the service?
- What are resources for preaching at weddings and funerals?
Registration is required. RSVP Online >>
Ministry for an Aging Society
Instructor: Meredith Lisagore
Fridays March 7, 14, & 21
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
As clergy and teachers, we must foster and defend the aliveness of the eternal in human identity—especially when it is under siege by irreversible changes. This course, therefore, will focus on the processes of aging and the spiritual ramifications that have always called for creative ministry—never more than now, as we enter an era with unprecedented numbers of elderly. After exploring both society’s and their subjective notions about aging, students will examine the unique spirituality of later adulthood with an eye to developing effective approaches for meeting the needs of individuals and families embroiled in the dramas of aging. They will be introduced to current issues in the bio-ethics of aging and end-of-life to unpack how a person qua meaning-maker and homo religioso abides (even in the dementias), and how to think about an individual’s life story as it is ending. The ultimate aim of the work will be to deepen pastoral competence for lifetime care of souls—and for transforming a thanaphobic society into one that reverences the late stages of life.
Registration is required. Registration for this course is now closed.
The Art of Improvisational Preaching
Instructor: Michael A. Walrond Jr.
Fridays, March 28, April 4 & 11, 1pm – 5pm
This course seeks to allow participants to reimagine the preaching moment through the prism of improvisation. Using jazz as the backdrop, participants will go on a journey of discovery, authenticity and identification of their genuine voice. This class is less about the preaching moment and more about what one must possess to come to that moment embracing liberation, radical trust, vulnerability and humility.
Registration is required. RSVP online>>