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Featuring Success Stories of Contemporary Community Ministry



  • 17 Apr 2015 8:20 PM | Michelle Walsh

    COMMIT2RESPOND: BUILDING A NEW COMMUNITY - RACE, CLASS AND CLIMATE

    3:00 - 4:15PM | F151-152 Commit2Respond


    Designing new ways of living that address climate change, provides opportunities to dismantle many forms of oppression. This two-part workshop showcases innovative multicultural projects that achieve multiple benefits, provides time to strategize together, and invites us through art and ritual to express how a worldview of domination holds us back. 


    Rev. Peggy Clarke, Christopher Sims, Pamela Sparr, Rev. Susan Leslie 


  • 17 Apr 2015 8:15 PM | Michelle Walsh

    CONNECTING WITH PUBLIC POLICY ADVOCACY AND WITNESS IN YOUR STATE 

    1:15 – 2:30PM | D139-140 

    Coalition of UU State Action Networks 


    Representatives of statewide advocacy networks will share their stories of struggle, challenges and successes, demonstrating how UUs can become engaged in meaningful advocacy and witness, using environmental activism as a common focus.


    Stephen Buckingham, Kindra MuntzLaura Wagner, and Jolinda Stephens

  • 17 Apr 2015 8:14 PM | Michelle Walsh

    FEELING OUR GRIEF, HEALING THE EARTH: A CEREMONY 

    1:15 - 2:30PM | Oregon Ballroom 204, 

    UU Environmental Justice Collaboratory, UU Ministry for Earth. 


    People paralyzed by grief and fear over the state of Earth need to feel our real feelings, in community, to convert them into energy for change. The interfaith, multicultural Ceremony of Grieving and Healing makes this possible. Participants will experience the Ceremony and learn how to take it home. 


    Rev. Dr. Leisa Huyck, Rev. Kate Lore, Christopher Sims.

  • 17 Apr 2015 8:13 PM | Michelle Walsh

    SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION BY CUUPS 

    1:15 - 2:30PM | Covenant of UU Pagans, Portland Ballroom 254. 


    CUUPS presents an Earth-centered celebration of the Summer Solstice. Building a New Way will focus on raising energy towards fulfillment, enlightenment, abundance, sharing, and the joy of living on this beautiful Earth. Let us embrace the wonders and pleasures of consciously building a new way together in Community. 


    Rev. Amy Beltaine, Imari Kariotis. 


  • 17 Apr 2015 8:11 PM | Michelle Walsh

    UU MODELS OF MULTI-SITE MINISTRIES 

    1:15 - 2:30PM Congregational Life| Oregon Ballroom

     

    Branches, multi-site, yoked, partnerships, mergers... one model does not fit all. The vision of "One Church, Many Locations" can be applied to all types of congregations -- tiny, large, urban, rural, clustered, isolated. Come hear stories about what is already working and dream into what is possible. Might multi-site be right for you? 


    Rev. Kaaren Anderson, Rev. Robin Tanner, Rev. Jake Morrill, Rev. Deanna VanDiver

  • 17 Apr 2015 8:10 PM | Michelle Walsh

    SANCTUARY IS MORE THAN A BUILDING 

    1:15 - 2:30PM | D135-136 Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition.

     

    Sanctuary is a response to injustice, rooted in faith. Join us to learn more about the New Sanctuary Movement, hear stories about providing sanctuary from the First Unitarian Society of Denver and VOZ Portland, and get tools for deepening your congregation's or community's commitment to immigrant-led justice ministry. 


    Rev. Kierstin Homblette, Kate Burns, Romeo Sosa, Katia Hansen.

  • 17 Apr 2015 8:06 PM | Charles (Scot) Giles

    GA TALK: MULTIGENERATIONAL WORSHIP AND COMMUNITY MINISTRY 

    1:15 - 2:30PM | B117-119 Young Adults @ GA 


    Come and participate in GA Talks! GA Talks, TED-style presentation designed to entertain, educate and inform, provide an opportunity to listen to stories and wisdom from fellow Unitarian Universalists. Today's speakers are Rev. Christina Leone Tracy and Lincoln Statler. Hosted by Kenny Wiley and the Young Adults @GA community. 


    Rev. Christina Leone Tracy, Kenny Wiley, Lincoln W. Statler.

  • 17 Apr 2015 7:52 PM | Michelle Walsh

    REMIXING UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM: HOW TO CREATE AN ENERGY CENTER?

    1:15 - 2:30PM | D137-138 Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee. 


    The Journey Toward Wholeness Transformation Committee will explore "Energy Centers" that are on the cutting edge of being an anti-oppressive and multicultural faith community, be it a congregation, co-op, or cafe. Come explore how you, too, can create an energy center that challenges us to build new ways of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist faith community. 


    Rev. Wendy Von Courter, Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong, Benjamin Gabel, Rev. Jackie Clement 

  • 17 Apr 2015 7:51 PM | Michelle Walsh

    CREATING OUR LEGACY, BUILDING OUR FUTURE: PLANNED GIVING MADE EASY

    10:45 – 12:00PM | B115-116 UUA


    Tim and Laura will present best practices for building a healthy congregational planned giving program. Attendees will learn the basics of how to solicit, manage, and steward planned gifts, to ensure that our congregations will continue responding to the needs of our changing world by expanding the boundaries of our faith for generations to come.


    Tim Brennan and Rev. Laura Randall

  • 17 Nov 2012 7:44 PM | Charles (Scot) Giles
        Over twenty years ago I began my path towards a second career as a UU minister - the first having been as an English and Drama teacher at both the high school and college levels. My first master’s degree was in the Art of Teaching (M.A.T.) and specialized in the teaching of composition.  

        Creating break throughs to the “I can’t write” limiting beliefs of college students by guiding them to write only about what mattered to them was really my entree into a “ministerial” way of working with people.

        At about the same time, I had begun to study dreamwork, and I had a life-changing dream that I was teaching people to write about their dreams.

        This was the catalyst towards seminary!

        I knew from the outset that mine would be a community ministry.  

        I wanted to be with people at depth in ways that supported them in finding and living their own most authentic lives.

        To dreamwork I have since added other tools and lenses for pscyho-spiritual development: Compassionate Communication (NVC), the Enneagram, energy work (EFT), Inquiry, Voice Dialogue - in addition to practices such as art-making, journaling, guided visualization, tai chi, meditation, prayer and the insights of the world’s wisdom traditions.

        My study of spiritual practices is and will be ever-expanding!

        What has evolved is a ministry of interfaith spiritual direction.  My website, The Path of Joy, describes it: my ministry serves people of all faiths seeking to live vibrant, fulfilling, meaning-centered lives - truly the path of joy!  

        It encompasses a private practice focused on serving individuals, couples, families, seminarians and clergy, seniors and business / professional women as well as an outreach ministry to Unitarian Universalist congregations, districts, ministerial chapters, interfaith groups and service-oriented organizations.

        Most people miss that we are not taught to orient our lives to listening for the Call of the Sacred in our lives - nor to believe in our capacity to create  fulfilling lives by learning how to overcome obstacles to hearing and following that call.

         Instead, most of us are taught either to obey the rigid rules of some authority embedded in a hierarchy or to fiercely compete for the maximum wealth, power and status no matter the cost - including to ourselves.

         Either is a painful way to live.
        
        My ministry focuses on the inner work that reorienting to living in response to the Call of the Sacred (named or unnamed) requires.

        It’s a huge undertaking for most of us!

        The skills the old paradigms require - self-discipline, analytic thinking, respectfulness, goal-setting - still have value, but need to become the servants, not the master of our lives. We also need flexibility, openness to the "flow,” spontaneity, willingness to question, play, balanced self-care - and always an inner attunement to the Sacred Aliveness seeking to move through us into the world.

        My community ministry has become successful, I believe, primarily because the principles and practices I teach guide my own life and ministry. My ministry keeps me on my own growing edge and is itself a spiritual practice I’m  most grateful for.

        I have expanded into new ways of offering my ministry. For example, I now Skype with directees from all over the country - originally a stretch for this “non-techie.” But clearly part of answering the Call.

        Living and ministering guided by Howard Thurman’s words has kept me centered - and I could not wish more for you: “Ask not what the world needs.  Ask what makes you come alive and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
        


        

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