Feb. 25, 2019
These daylong workshops are for pastors, active church leaders and lay learners. You don’t need to be ordained or in a ministry role to take advantage of this opportunity to learn!
Leadership Clinics Offered
Documenting Suffering and Hope
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Janna Hunter-Bowman will share the methods used by Colombian churches to document violations suffered and the ways in which church communities ameliorated harm even as they were victims of harm. Cyneatha Millsaps will share ideas and lead a discussion on how we can bring something similar to bear for communities faced with any number of social, economic, spiritual and/or physical harms.
Giraffe meets Jackal: An Introduction to Nonviolent Communication
Presenter: Malinda Berry, Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics, AMBS
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In recent years, Mennonites have been lamenting that peacemaking in the form of conflict mediation and transformation seems to be a skill that we offer to the world but are not very good at practicing among ourselves. This workshop seeks to respond to that problem by introducing participants to a way of thinking about systems-level peacemaking and an approach to interpersonal relationships called nonviolent communication or NVC. Pioneered by Marshall Rosenberg and embraced by practical theologians at Princeton Theological Seminary, NVC has become a worldwide movement of people who seek to bring more compassion and empathy in to the world.
Beginning with Rosenberg’s belief that “expressing our vulnerability can help resolve conflicts,” Berry’s approach to NVC grows out of her approach to Mennonite peace theology, namely that being our authentic selves in conflict is an important part of discipleship. So join her for a theological conversation about conflict that will also give you some specific skills and strategies that encourage healing and help us build meaningful connection in our communities.
Malinda Berry is Assistant Professor of Theology and Ethics at AMBS.
Seeking Shalom: Faith-Based Community Organizing
Presenters: Andre Gingerich Stoner, neighborhood networker, South Bend, IN; Margie Mejia-Caraballo, community organizer, Rock Island, IL; and Jennifer Davis Sensenig, pastor Community Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The church is called to engage not just in service or protest, but to mobilize effectively to impact the policy and budget decisions that shape our lives and the lives of our neighbors. Across the U.S., black, brown and white people of faith are working together to build local organizations that can effectively organize for justice. More than twenty Mennonite congregations are involved in such networks. In this clinic you will: explore the biblical and theological basis for working for justice and engaging public decision-makers; examine concepts like relational power and self-interest; and learn practical skills such as one-on-one meetings, identifying issues (not just problems), and turnout.
Andre Gingerich Stoner works as "neighborhood networker" for the Near Northwest Neighborhood (NNN) in South Bend, Indiana, and is a leader in the St. Joe County chapter of Faith in Indiana. Margie Mejia-Caraballo is a leader in an organizing effort in Rock Island, Illiniois, and a member of the Mennonite Church USA executive board. Jennifer Davis Sensenig is lead pastor at Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and president of Faith in Action, an organizing effort in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Healthy Boundaries Training
Presenters: David B. Miller, Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center; and Laurel Neufeld Weaver MSW LISW-S, Clinical Social Worker from Bluffton, OH.
8 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
This Leadership Clinic meets the Healthy Boundaries training requirement for credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada, and is offered in collaboration with Central District Mennonite Conference and Indiana-Michigan Mennonite Conference.
In 2015, Mennonite Church USA adopted a Churchwide Statement on Sexual Abuse. In this statement, the church committed to actions to prevent sexual abuse and policies to be followed if abuse occurs. In living out these commitments, both Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada began requiring all credentialed pastors to participate in Healthy Boundaries Training.
Founded on a theological and ethical discussion of power and vulnerability, Healthy Boundaries focuses on the particular roles that pastoral caregivers fulfill within a spiritual community. This curriculum is designed to strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care. The goal of the training is to increase understanding, self-awareness, accountability, the practice of healthy boundaries, integrity and safety.
Healthy Boundaries 101
History: For more than two decades, FaithTrust Institute of Seattle, Washington has worked with congregations and faith organizations to create safe and healthy communities. FaithTrust Institute is a leader in training and education efforts around sexual and domestic violence in the context of faith and spirituality issues. In response to the reality of boundary crossing that occurs today with the breaking of trust between faith leaders and their community, Mennonite Church USA has decided to build our capacity to provide tools to all our faith leaders and congregations. We must end the silence around abuse that impacts our faith communities.
The healthy boundaries curriculum provides participants with the opportunity to explore issues that impact those in the role of leadership in faith communities. Founded on a theological and ethical discussion of power and vulnerability, it focuses on the particular roles that pastoral caregivers fulfill within a spiritual community. This curriculum was developed to strengthen the understanding of the needs for boundaries, as a method of self-care and community care. Participants will be invited to explore their own experiences with boundaries in caring for others and themselves within the faith community. Participants as well as their congregations will be equipped with resources to actively engage in this essential prevention training. A small group format is used to help participants grow and learn from each other. This workshop will be interactive and utilize a video series where we hear many voices of faith leaders from a variety of faith traditions talk about their experiences with practicing healthy boundaries.
Session Topics Include:
Boundary Basics for Clergy and Teachers
Dating, Friendships, Gifts, and Dual Relationships
Transference and Touch Boundaries
Emerging Issues: Social Media and Technology
Personal Needs and Self-Care: Personal and Professional Health
Your workshop facilitators are David Miller,Teaching Associate of the AMBS Church Leadership Center; and Laurel Neufeld Weaver MSW LISW-S, Clinical Social Worker from Bluffton, OH.
Both Laurel and David are trained in teaching the Healthy Boundaries curriculum developed by Faith Trust Institute.
This Leadership Clinic meets the Healthy Boundaries training requirement for credentialed leaders in Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada.
After February 11:
- $80 each for three or more from one congregation
AMBS lunch $8 (non-refundable). Please pre-register.
Continuing Education Units
Attending a clinic will earn 0.4 CEU
Before Jan.10, 2019, cancellations will be refunded, less $25. After this date, cancellations will be granted credit, less $25, toward a future day-long workshop within one year. Refund credits must be requested within 24 hours of the event.
Send an email or call: 574.296.6269 or 800.964.2627