PSD Annual Conference Planning Working GroupWorkshop Applications for 2005Page 3 of 610/21/2004
Inviting the Creative Spirit into Worship
The arts can inspire a deep connecting, sensory experience, enhancing meaningful worship. Music, dance, drama and visual arts can also be the focal point of the Sunday morning program, as they demonstrate the diverse expressions of spirit in us. Whether participating or observing, there is reciprocal engagement beyond the spoke word. This interactive workshop will help you foster the creative energy within your congregation and access district and national resources.
large open floor space for whole group movement; electrical outlet for CD player (perhaps a room not adjacent to other workshops due to potential sound bleed); the usual presentation table and participant chairs (that can be moved to the side to accommodate the open floor space).
Diversity Fosters Strong Lay Leadership
Does your congregation think it is easier to just have one or two leaders running everything? Do the same people keep doing the same volunteer jobs over and over until they get burned out? Get a hands-on sneak peek at what MidWest Leadership School (MWLS) can do for leaders in your congregation Join two former MWLS staff persons who will demonstrate how MWLS can strengthen your lay leadership and promote the health of your congregation.
Deb Kline and Marsha Diggs
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Learning Nonviolent Communication
Nonviolent Communication, also called Compassionate Communication, teaches an empathetic process of communication to help people talk and listen to each other during conflicts. It also enables individuals to give empathy to themselves when needed. After each practice session I attend, I leave with a sense of hope that I will be able to heed my feelings and values, and those of others, by honoring differences and common needs. Using the principles in Nonviolent Communication, you can improve the quality of your relationships, and in the process, you can change the world.
no special needs or space requirements
After reading the book, Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Compassion, by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D., I attended a weekend-long introduction to the process. In the past year, I have attended weekly practice sessions, where we give empathy to others in the group, or receive empathy if we need it. I have been amazed at the clarity and peace this process brings to my life. It has, in the short time I've been using it, improved my relationships with people I'd previously given up on.
I live about one mile from the conference host church, Unity Church - Unitarian in Saint Paul. I have a guest bedroom and would be happy to put up one or two people during the conference.