Healing and Transformation in Small Groups
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration, coffee and light snacks starting at 9
Hosted by the Springfield Unitarian Universalist Church
21 Fairground Road, Springfield, VT 05156
Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy, Leader
WORKSHOP PURPOSE: In the past decade many congregations have adopted Small Group Ministry (or Covenant Groups) to address the needs of friendship, spiritual growth and service in our congregations. The focus of our day will be exploring the question, “What leads to healing and transformation in small groups?” We’ll cover topics such as inviting epiphanies; what is spiritual growth and what nurtures it; cultivating respect; creating a compassionate group environment; developing your presence as a facilitator; using all of our capacities as facilitators – heart and mind, left and right hemispheres. The workshop will help You enjoy facilitating more and make the group experience as transformational and vitalizing as possible for Yourself and the other participants. We’ll end with how to bring this powerful work back to our congregations and out into our aching, broken world. If You have attended programs with Rev Kennedy in the past, this workshop has new material and focuses on the big picture of why and how this approach works and matters.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: The workshop is intended for folks who would like an introduction to Small Group Ministry as well as those who are experienced facilitators who are eager to take the group experience to a higher level. It works very well to have in the mix new and more experienced members together.
LEADER: Rev. Dr. M’ellen Kennedy is passionate about the power of Small Groups to feed our souls and help heal our ills. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Illinois was on worldview transformation in small groups. She has been involved with lay led small groups for over 30 years as a facilitator, trainer, organizer, researcher and writer. Participants love her workshops and come away with fresh perspectives on the power of small groups and with renewed enthusiasm about their work as facilitators. Rev. Kennedy is a co-founder of the UU Small Group Ministry Network, and started and served for four years as editor of the Small Group Ministry Quarterly. She lives in Vermont where she serves the Washingotn Unitarian Universalist Church.
Fee*, Registration& Lunch: The workshop fee, which includes an information packet for each participant, is $35 for individuals and $25 for seminarians. Please brign a sack lunch or a potluck dish to share. Please register by October 29, 2014.
*FEE IS WAIVED FOR MEMBERS OF THE SPRINGFIELD UU CHURCH. The workshop fee, which includes an information packet, is.$35 for individuals and $25 for seminarians (scholarships available). Please bring a sack lunch or a potluck dish to share. . Registration deadline is October 29, 2014.
For registration form, or for questions, contact Rev. M’ellen Kennedy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-453-5469.