Living Well, Leading Well Virtual Workshop Series
Navigating Post-Pandemic Unknowns: Spiritual Discernment for Realistic Re-entry
Thursday, April 22, 6:30-8:30pm
When this pandemic subsides, life will change, but we are not going back to how things were. As we head from one unknown into another, there will be exhilaration and there will be grief. Join Pastors Kara Root and Lisa Larges in exploring how to live with discernment, gentleness, and compassion in this transition. Together we will draw from a wellspring of spiritual gifts and practices to guide and sustain us in the months us.
Rev. Kara Root and Rev. Lisa Larges serve together as pastor and parish associate of Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church (Minneapolis), a community known for its creative practices of hospitality and Sabbath-keeping. Kara also is the author of the forthcoming book, The Deepest Belonging: A Story about Discovering Where God Meets Us (Fortress Press). Lisa works the MN State Services for the Blind and is the former director of That All May Freely Serve.
Living Well, Leading Well Virtual Workshop Series
Healing Collective Trauma
Saturday, May 22, 9-11am
As we cope with the mounting losses, anxieties and uncertainties of our current pandemic, many of us feel like we are losing our footing. Having some awareness of trauma and its impact on our personal, intergenerational, and collective lives can increase our self-understanding and compassion. Join us in exploring concrete psychological and spiritual tools for increasing resilience and finding hope and joy in the midst of pain.
Led by Reverend Deborah van Deusen Hunsinger, Ph.D., the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology Emerita at Princeton Theological Seminary. Deborah was originally trained as a pastoral counselor, taught at Princeton Seminary for 25 years, and now offers spiritual direction for individuals and small groups. Among her various publications is Bearing the Unbearable: Trauma, Gospel and Pastoral Care, which won the Academy of Parish Clergy’s Book of the Year Award in 2015.
Do you desire a more meaningful life enriched by a deepening spiritual awareness, new ways of building and contributing to community, or living authentically in an increasingly challenging and unpredictable world? Consider applying for Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center’s PrairieFire, a two-year program of spiritual renewal. A new class will be forming in the fall of 2021. For more info, see https://dmpcc.org/prairiefire/.
Celebrate 30 years with Our Sister Parish by walking, running, or rolling 30 miles or more during the month of June. Since May 1991, the Presbytery of Des Moines has been in ministry partnership with the community of El Tablón, El Salvador. Today, long-lasting and rewarding relationships exist between multiple churches and Salvadoran communities. Our Sister Parish has supported everything from water and agricultural projects to scholarships, and from building churches and schools to sending medical delegations. Click here to learn how you can get involved in this vital ministry.
What do you want your community to know about your church? Join the Presbyterian Communicators Network for this informative workshop focusing on livestreaming your church service.
One thing the pandemic has taught us is that we must do church differently. This workshop will share tips, tools and techniques to help you up your game of livestreaming or help you venture into the world of livestreaming.
You don’t have to have a huge budget or a large staff to effectively tell the story of your work inside and outside the church walls. The workshop will share a variety of resources that are available at little or no cost.
Register now for this online workshop, Tuesday, June 1, 1:00 p.m. Central.
Small Church Connection invites you to a special online gathering
Monday, June 14 from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.
“Everything Old Is New Again!” Or is it
“Everything New is Old Again!?”
What does it mean for the church “to get back to normal?”
A gathering… for discussion…
for sharing ideas… for your soul and your ministry
Topics on the radar for this gathering…
Reaching the people that used to be lost
How doing church is connecting differently
Building on the way we’ve learned to stay connected
Getting things done without the coffee & the stories
What does it mean to be church?
Normal is what we do, not what we did.
No registration fee for this event.
Please share this invitation with others who might be interested in being part of this online gathering on June 14.
Click to Register Now!
Plus, mark your calendar now for our in-person
Fall Conference at Calvin Crest Camp Conference and Retreat Center in Fremont, Nebraska, September 20-22.
Details to come soon!
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June 24 & 25 from 8AM to 4PM
June 26 from 8AM to Noon
Join Churches for Middle East Peace for a virtual tour featuring the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem . In this tour, we’ll see an overview of the Old City of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives and visit key sacred sites, including St. George’s Cathedral and Gethsemane Church. We will also hear from church leaders serving in the Holy Land and learn how we might support their work for justice and peace there. Guests include Rev. Dr. Don Binder, Chaplain to The Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem. Interviews will be conducted by Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, executive director of CMEP. For more info: https://cmep.org/event/cmep-virtual-tour-featuring-the-episcopal-diocese-of-jerusalem/