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Seminars

Special Seminars

 

This year we will be offering Tracks for the following:

  •      Ministers/Spiritual Leaders

  •      Licensed Teachers

  •      Board/Lay Leaders

  •      Youth and Family

  •      International

  •      Spiritual Development for Congregants

 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

 

Ministers/Spiritual Leaders Track

9:00-11:00am        Crucial Conversations by Bonnie DeMartini

In Unity, we teach that we are One and that we have a Divine spark within. We teach that God is Love and is everywhere present. But, sometimes our day-to-day relationships challenge those teachings, don’t they? Sometimes we have conversations that make us want to shout out or clam up. There are situations every day where opposing opinions, strong emotions and high stakes test our calm and peaceful souls. Why not learn how to navigate through some of those ‘crucial conversations’ with ease and grace while we stay focused and stay in dialogue.

Certified facilitator of the best-selling book, Crucial Conversations, Bonnie DeMartini will teach us how to strengthen relationships by keeping dialogue open as she links spiritual principles to the principles she teaches. The book, written by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzer, is a best-seller on Amazon.com.

 

Licensed Unity Teachers Track

9:00-11:00am    Ethical Considerations in Unity Ministries by Nancy Little, Licensed Unity Teacher (PhD, Licensed Professional Counselor) and Shirley Kennedy, Licensed Teacher Coordinator
            
How do you make decisions to stay on solid ethical ground while serving in ministry? Navigating complex ethical choices requires a pro-active and collaborative approach to support “the highest and best” principled behavior in our spiritual communities.

This seminar is designed to examine potential ethical pitfalls and violations in ministry settings. Utilizing a case study approach, participants will explore and define ethically appropriate actions in various scenarios, such as: confidentiality, dual relationships, self-care, financial integrity, youth and family, and pastoral care.

As the secular world gives increased attention to professional ethics, we benefit from creating our own best practices within Unity Ministries. We recommit to living in alignment with ethical principles.

 

Youth and Family Track

9:00-11:00am     The Heart/Brain Connection in Multigenerational Ministry: Skills to assist with classroom by Rev. Diane Venzera

Using the latest brain and heart science, combined with the seven skills from Conscious Discipline, Rev. Diane Venzera will present research, ideas, resources and steps to creating a nurturing classroom environment that facilitates spiritual self-discovery. You will learn ways to model behaviors that empower your youth in their spiritual journey to discovering their wholeness.

 

 

Board/Lay Leaders Track

9:00-11:00am   Crucial Conversations by Bonnie DeMartini

In Unity, we teach that we are One and that we have a Divine spark within. We teach that God is Love and is everywhere present. But, sometimes our day-to-day relationships challenge those teachings, don’t they? Sometimes we have conversations that make us want to shout out or clam up. There are situations every day where opposing opinions, strong emotions and high stakes test our calm and peaceful souls. Why not learn how to navigate through some of those ‘crucial conversations’ with ease and grace while we stay focused and stay in dialogue.

Certified facilitator of the best-selling book, Crucial Conversations, Bonnie DeMartini will teach us how to strengthen relationships by keeping dialogue open as she links spiritual principles to the principles she teaches. The book, written by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzer, is a best-seller on Amazon.com.
 

International Track

9:00-11:00am  Spanish/English

“Conectando Mi Corazón a Mi Misión Ministerial”  Rev. Esther O Mantilla

Este seminario ofrecerá guías al líder para ser guiado en su  y dirigido en su ética y conducta de mi servicio a líderes, congregantes, estudiante y demás personas fuera de mi ministerio personal.  La alegría para servir será clave en esta presentación.

Connecting My Heart to My Ministerial Mission by Rev. Esther O Mantilla
 

This seminar is based on the inner quest as a Spiritual Leader of Unity.  It will offer the opportunity of inner searching, based on the ethics of leadership, to leaders, congregants, students and others outside of the ministry. The joy of service will be the key to this presentation.

 

Spiritual Development for Congregants Track

9:00-11:00am   The Healing Philosophy of the Historical Jesus by Rev. James Gaither, ThD

James Gaither will present a summary of his doctoral dissertation on the healing philosophy of the historical Jesus, followed by a discussion with those in attendance.

The fundamental points Reverend Doctor Gaither will discuss are:
* How the sayings of the historical Jesus can be identified
* The parallels between Jesus and philosophers & philosophies in his era
* The main elements of Jesus’ philosophy
* Modern evidence that elements of Jesus’ philosophy are therapeutic
* Results of Dr. Gaither’s research showing differences between hearing sayings identified as originating with Jesus and hearing sayings attributed to him but actually originating with the authors of the Gospels.

This Seminar will provide those in attendance an opportunity to discuss the relevance of the historical Jesus for modern metaphysical teaching and healing work as well as the question of what can be known about the historical Jesus.

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

 

Ministers/Spiritual Leaders Track

1:30-3:00pm         Me to We—The Shift to Mission/Community Centric Ministry by two Unity Ministers from the Transformation Experience Pilot Program

Discover if moving your ministry model from Me (minister centric) to We (mission/community centric) would benefit you and your center.  Two pilot ministers in the Transformation Experience will share the shifts they experienced and the concrete tools that worked.  You will gain practical strategies that you can implement that could strengthen your ministry.


3:30-5:00pm   Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek

 

Healthy Congregations is a way to strengthen and support leaders and their congregations at every level of evolution and growth.  Participants learn to embrace their individual and collective gifts and to participate in their organization’s vision and mission. This is a process that supports the health of the system through individuals learning to self-differentiate.  You will be provided with the tools to look within and see the patterns from one’s family of origin that continues to repeat which impacts all relationships.
 

Are you ready to do the work needed to shift from surviving to thriving? During this workshop, Martha will share powerful tools to help each of us take the next step in our lives.

Martha Creek is an ordained Minister, Certified Facilitator of “The Work” of Byron Katie, Certified Healthy Congregations Trainer, a licensed practitioner in Religious Science, and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Martha’s traditional education is from Western Kentucky University, Trevecca Nazarene College and Emerson Theological Institute. Martha speaks and facilitates workshops around the country.

 

Licensed Unity Teachers Track

1:30-3:00pm    Awakening Emotional and Spiritual Maturity by Rev. Deborah Frownfelter

The Unity movement has a rich tradition of spiritual education that you play an important role in continuing. Unity Worldwide Ministries, in collaboration with Unity Institute, has created an Emotional and Spiritual Development Process that provides a roadmap for your spiritual community to effectively guide current members and newcomers into developing the consciousness and skills of emotional and spiritual maturity.  This workshop will provide you with an understanding of the overall process including its purpose, goals, phases, courses and implementation guidelines.


3:30-5:00pm  Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek
 

 

Healthy Congregations is a way to strengthen and support leaders and their congregations at every level of evolution and growth.  Participants learn to embrace their individual and collective gifts and to participate in their organization’s vision and mission. This is a process that supports the health of the system through individuals learning to self-differentiate.  You will be provided with the tools to look within and see the patterns from one’s family of origin that continues to repeat which impacts all relationships.
 

Are you ready to do the work needed to shift from surviving to thriving? During this workshop, Martha will share powerful tools to help each of us take the next step in our lives.

Martha Creek is an ordained Minister, Certified Facilitator of “The Work” of Byron Katie, Certified Healthy Congregations Trainer, a licensed practitioner in Religious Science, and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Martha’s traditional education is from Western Kentucky University, Trevecca Nazarene College and Emerson Theological Institute. Martha speaks and facilitates workshops around the country.

 

Youth and Family Track

1:30-3:00pm   Fund-raising or Prosperity for Your IYOU Chapter by Debbie Allen, LUT

How do you fund all of the programs necessary for having a successful teen program? Between Uniteen retreats, youth leadership training, YOU rallies and events, fund raising can become a perpetual task and the focus of the youth group. Join Licensed Unity teacher and former YOU sponsor, Debbie Allen as she explores the difference between a Prosperity Consciousness and fund raising. As a sponsor for two different chapters, Debbie will share how she kept the bank account growing while having time to do the most important part of teen ministry - supporting and encouraging youth in their spiritual self-development.

3:30-5:00pm   Moving Beyond Church Walls: Partnering with Parents by Rev. Kathy Kellogg and Rev. Jane Simmons  

Today’s ministry is moving beyond the church walls to become a more fluid partnership between ministry-based programming and family-centered spiritual mentorship. How can churches create programs that support family-centered spiritual evolution? Join Revs. Kathy Kellogg and Jane Simmons as they share the steps for creating a program that supports parents in their role as spiritual mentors.

 

Board/Lay Leaders Track

1:30-3:00pm    Minister and Board, Of One Accord by Rev. Charline Manuel

The optimal time to resolve a problem between Minister and the Board is long before the challenge “hits the fan.” However, all too often that’s when a looming “relationship” issue rears its head.  The idea behind this seminar is that solid minister/board relationships can be a great asset toward working through ministry opportunities and challenges.
The seminar focus is on creating an approach to board service that sets the relationship between minister and board as a priority.  Using practical approaches that promote cooperation, build trust and invite open communication the seminar offers methods to create a harmonious environment for working together for the good of the ministry.  Participants will explore the “leadership by relationship” method of Board service and discover the opportunity for personal spiritual growth for minister, board, and the overall congregation.


3:30-5:00pm  Self Differentiated Leadership by Martha Creek
 

Healthy Congregations is a way to strengthen and support leaders and their congregations at every level of evolution and growth.  Participants learn to embrace their individual and collective gifts and to participate in their organization’s vision and mission. This is a process that supports the health of the system through individuals learning to self-differentiate.  You will be provided with the tools to look within and see the patterns from one’s family of origin that continues to repeat which impacts all relationships.
 

Are you ready to do the work needed to shift from surviving to thriving? During this workshop, Martha will share powerful tools to help each of us take the next step in our lives.

Martha Creek is an ordained Minister, Certified Facilitator of “The Work” of Byron Katie, Certified Healthy Congregations Trainer, a licensed practitioner in Religious Science, and a Certified Reiki Master Teacher. Martha’s traditional education is from Western Kentucky University, Trevecca Nazarene College and Emerson Theological Institute. Martha speaks and facilitates workshops around the country.

 

International Track

1:30-3:00pm  Spanish/English

Las Emociones – Su Uso Práctico Rev. Beatriz E. Gallerano Bell

Este taller explora nuestras emociones y el mensaje que nos están trasmitiendo. Como aprender a escucharlas y utilizarlas adecuadamente para la toma de decisiones. Veremos como nuestras emociones pueden guiarnos, o no, hacia la acción correcta. Aplicación practica de  herramientas para trabajar nuestras emociones y como ayudar a otros a trabajar sus emociones.

Rev. Beatriz E. Gallerano Bell es Ministro ordenada de Unity desde 2003. Fundo en el año 2004, junto con su esposo Frank Bell el Ministerio Alternativo Unity Sembrando Luz, Inc.  que funciono en sus inicios en Olathe KS y desde 2008 en Córdoba Argentina.  Autorizada por Silent Unity, es la encargada de imprimir y distribuir La Palabra Diaria en Argentina. Beatriz es Presidenta de la Asociación de Lideres y Ministerios Unity en Argentina, (que opera bajo la sombrilla de Iglesia Unity Argentina) y co-fundadora de la Escuela Unity Argentina en la que actualmente integra su Comisión Directiva.


The Emotions – Their Practical Use by Rev. Beatriz E. Gallerano Bell

This workshop explores our emotions, and the messages they send us. Learn how to listen and, use them effectively in the decision making process. See how our emotions can guide us, or not, to the correct action. Learn by practical application of the tools to work on our emotions, and help others as well.

Rev. Beatriz E. Gallerano Bell was ordained a Unity Minister in 2003. In 2004 she co-founded with her husband Frank Bell the Unity Alternative Ministry Sembrando Luz, Inc. which began in Olathe, KS, and moved to Cordoba Argentina in 2008. Beatriz was authorized by Silent Unity to print and distribute La Palabra Diaria in Argentina. Beatriz is President of “Asociación de Lideres y Ministerios Unity en Argentina” (dba “Iglesia Unity Argentina”) and co-founder of “Escuela Unity Argentina, and continues to serve on its Board of Directors.

 

Spiritual Development for Congregants Track


1:30-3:00pm    Conscious Eating, Conscious Living, Conscious Being by Rev. Arlene Meyer

This fun, interactive seminar uses spiritual principles and personal experiences to help people become the person they were meant to be. We will focus on wholeness of body, mind and spirit. In churches we hear about healthy congregations, but a healthy congregation begins with a healthy individual. We talk about Oneness but often we do not look at how well integrated we are within ourselves.

This seminar will include ideas on improving our physical health through right choices in diet and physical movement, right thinking - changing our minds from old negative thinking to positive thinking, and our spiritual health. It will also involve interaction with the participants and will include some food that nourishes the soul as well as the body.

It is never too late to change and become the person you were meant to be.


3:30-5:00pm    Animals as Spiritual Companions—Unity & Animal Ministry Rev.s Natalie Lehman and Barry Terwilliger will present, along with Eden Koljord , ambassador for the International Animal Ministry at Mile Hi Church, at Lakewood, CO.

Participants will explore the depth of spiritual contributions non-human animals make to our world.  Myth:  Animal Communication is only for special, gifted people.  Truth:  Telepathic communication is a universal language, and we ALL have the natural, inborn ability to communicate in this way.  Explore how you have already communicated telepathically with animals and learn tools to expand on your experiences.  Understand more deeply WHY your animal friend is in your life.  Their wisdom has a profound impact upon the human soul's journey, which inspires graceful partnership, healing, and radiant living.  You will appreciate and enjoy this lively workshop full of meaning and humor.  Conscious evolution includes reverence for all life.  Together, we will celebrate a world that honors all sentient beings. 

 

Additional new seminar being offered:

3:30-5:00pm     Exploring Ministry Cultural Change by Rev Barry Vennard

Explore the possibilities of transcending the “Local Unity Church” culture with an “Energized Greater Mission” culture.  Transformative cultural change requires a ministry wide realization of the futility of continuing the way things have always been, combined with a high level of optimism and enthusiasm about a way to move forward that is truly “new,” that is accessible and doable, and that elicits an enthusiastic and positive response from the congregation's highest and most noble (its Christ) nature.”

 

 




 

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