Learn to Lead: Promoting Excellence in Small Group Ministry

Date: Saturday, April 18
Registration fee: $25

Churches know that small groups are key to spiritual formation and vitality in their congregations.  Yet many are floundering for lack of small group leadership, especially when it comes to leading Bible studies. Working together, The BTS Center and The Massachusetts Bible Society want to help you change all that.

Exploring the Bible: The Dickinson Series is a proven Bible study system that even those who know little about the Bible can learn to lead.  But this workshop - to be led by Rev. Anne Robertson, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Bible Society - will go beyond just introducing you to that material.

Location: Woodfords Congregational Church, UCC
202 Woodford Street, Portland, ME
Portland, ME 04103

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‘Immunity to Change’ Day-long workshop

With Margaret Benefiel. April 25, 9-3:30

Have you ever tried to break a habit and found it more difficult than you expected?  Have you ever been part of a change effort at your workplace or in a social change movement that didn't work out as planned?  If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," this workshop is for you.

Based on the book by the same title by Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, this workshop helps you reflect on your own "immunity to change."  Through an experiential, interactive process, participants will identity goals they would like to achieve, uncover their own "immune" systems, and discover how to break the grip of their immunity to change.  They will then identify goals of  a group in which they participate, uncover their group’s “immune” systems, and discover how to break the grip of their group’s immunity to change.

Location: Still Harbor
Boston, Massachusetts

Contact: Michelle Abbott at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

In the Footsteps of St. Francis and St. Clare

Pilgrimage with Margaret Benefiel and Rachel Guaraldi. May 26- June 4.

The pilgrimage is based in the beautiful Umbrian town of Assisi, hometown of Francis and Clare. With its cobblestone streets, sacred shrines, and rich tradition of culture, Assisi has been a pilgrimage destination for centuries. Days will afford ample opportunity to enjoy local cuisine, sample wines, and savor the beauty of landscape, art, and culture.  From Assisi, participants will travel to other Franciscan sites in Umbria and Tuscany.

The trip will explore the life and thought of the thirteenth-century Italian saints Francis of Assisi and Clare of Assisi, and the medieval culture and context that shaped them.  Participants will stay in a convent of Franciscan sisters in the historic center of Assisi and travel to the places and shrines in the surrounding areas where these saints lived and ministered and where they have left a spiritual imprint upon the local cultures through their writings, art, architecture, and legends.

Location: Assisi, Italy

Contact: Michelle Abbott at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)