8:30 am - 4:00 pm
The religious landscape is ever evolving. As individuals, faith communities, and religious organizations, how do we contend with constant change? How do we save the best aspects of our spiritual traditions, while also embracing future innovations?
Over the next few months, Dr. Pam Shellberg, The BTS Center's Scholar-in-Residence, will offer a workshop that addresses the topics of transformation and change. Using the biblical narratives of Paul and Ananias as a framework, Pam will lead small groups of clergy and lay leaders in inquiry sessions. Working together, participants in The BTS Center's "Blinded by the Light" program will identify:
- disruptions and discontinuities experienced in ministry today, along with their practical, spiritual, and vocational implications;
- resources for reorientation and recovery in the midst of change; and
- what is needed for the development of innovative responses.
This workshop is designed to support the efforts of faith leaders and faith communities to live into the challenges and opportunities of 21st-century ministry. The one-day event is scheduled for four Saturdays in locations around New England, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m., and concluding at 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided. There will be no cost to attend the event, but we will ask attendees to register so we may plan accordingly for workshop space and meals.
Registration is now open for "Blinded by the Light." Please click on whichever one of the following four offerings is most convenient for you. You will be taken to a registration page, where you may sign up to attend that specific workshop.
- Saturday, Feb. 28 - Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Mass.
- Saturday, March 28 - The Church of Christ at Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H.
- Saturday, April 25 - Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Conn.
- Saturday, May 16 - Augusta, Maine (site to be determined)
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Location: Still Harbor
With Margaret Benefiel. February 28, 9-3:30.
How can ancient traditions of discernment bring depth and a sense of unhurried presence into the midst of contemporary life? How can individuals, teams, and organizations appropriate discernment practices for daily life? How can corporate discernment be practiced in the midst of an individualistic culture?
This workshop will consider twenty-first-century decision-making challenges faced by individuals, teams, and organizations. It will then explore how discernment practices can be integrated into decision-making processes. This will be an experiential workshop, in which participants’ own decision-making experiences will serve as the basis for reflection and discernment.Read More »