Beyond the SFF: Opportunities and Resources Coming Up

Anytime: My Church is Not Dying: Finding churchnextHope in Mainline Churches, with Greg Garrett | Online with ChurchNext 

Learn about the good news mainline churches have to offer and how they’re sharing it. Greg Garrett believes mainline churches are ideally situated to offer a way of being Christian that is accessible and attractive to people today.

Beginning May 21, 2016: Ubiety’s Building the Foundation class | Online

10-week foundational class that examines the scientific research supporting compassionate living as a solution to improving your health and reducing stress in your life.

May 24-26, 2016: Chaplains for Children | College of St. Scholastica, Duluth 

The course prepares students to recognize and respond to cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. The course discusses in detail the impact of child abuse on a victim’s sense of spirituality and offers concrete suggestions for working with medical and mental health professionals to assist a child in coping with maltreatment. The course also discusses ideal child protection policies for a faith based institution, including handling a situation in which a convicted sex offender seeks to join a congregation. The course includes a review of various child abuse case scenarios and a discussion on appropriate and inappropriate responses.

June 6 – 8: e-Formation | Virginia Theological Seminary, or Webinar Accesseform16-logo

e-Formation is a learning community for ministry in a digital world. We believe culturally savvy, digitally literate leadership skills are essential in every congregation and regional church body. We believe such skills are best learned by active participation in a community of practice. At the center of our learning network is the e-Formation Conference, which in 2015 brought together almost 300 participants in person and online.

June 14 – 17: Tri-History Conference:Wondering, Witness/Worship, and War: Historical Encounters between the Episcopal and Anglican Church and Indigenous Peoples in North America | Oneida, Wisconsin

June 23 –  25, 2016: EfM (Education for Ministry) Mentor Training | ECMN Retreat Center in Faribault, MN
Contact Meg Bussey ( to register! $250


August 1 – 4, 2016: Liberating the Voice of Courage | Chicago, IL habitsoftheheart-parkerpalmer-450x373

Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations (part of Parker Palmer’s Center for Courage and Renewal)  is an annual retreat for clergy and faith leaders who seekrenewed sense of purpose, courage to lead from within, and practices for better belonging. Our focus for the 2016 Habits of the Heart for Healthy Congregations retreat is on the habit of developing a sense of personal voice and agency.

August 8 – 10, 2016: Engaging Faith Communities in Disaster and Volunteer Disaster Chaplaincy Training | Sewanee, TNengaging-faith-communities-august-2016


September 29 – October 1, 2016: Why Christian | Chicago, IL

When was the last time you heard a story that reminded you of why you are a Christian? When was the last time you gave and received testimony? When you attend the Why Christian Conference you will encounter a group of speakers whose stories and work remind you of why, in spite of all its dysfunction, you remain a part of the sprawling and diverse family of God. Join us (Nadia Bolz-Weber and Rachel Held Evans), as we introduce 8 amazing practitioners – Roman Catholics, Evangelicals, Episcopalians, Lutherans, Pentecostals, Presbyterian, black, white, Asian, Latino, gay, straight, and transgender – who remind us of why we are Christians. All who long for a clearer picture of what unites us as children of God are invited to listen, to share, and to believe once again.

James P. Shannon Leadership Institute

The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute is a yearlong leadership program that offers community-serving leaders from all sectors the opportunity for renewal and reflection.

April 2017: Missional Voices Conference | Alexandria, VA