March 6, 2018
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology, in partnership with the University of the South's Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation, will present a public discussion by Catherine Meeks, Ph.D, executive director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing. Meeks will talk about her work on racial reconciliation and healing in the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and across the Church, then will join a panel of four College and School of Theology faculty for a public conversation. A light reception and book-signing will follow.
March 6 – 10, 2018
The Beecken Center of the School of Theology is partnering with Listening Hearts Ministries to offer an intensive, four-day retreat to train participants in the art of facilitating and mentoring spiritual discernment groups using the Listening Hearts approach. Held at the DuBose Conference Center, the retreat will include communal meditation activities; workshops that teach the practical aspects of teaching spiritual discernment; and a series of discernment sessions, each of which is followed by a reflective review to gain insight into the elements that bring forth fruitful discernment.
April 17, 2018
April 27 – 29, 2018
Education for Ministry (EfM) graduates will gather in a Circles of Trust® format at the beautiful St. Mary's Sewanee retreat center in Sewanee, Tenn. to delve into the significance of individual talents as indicated by the Gallup StrengthsFinder® (SF) assessment. Elsa Bakkum, EfM associate director for training will facilitate.
April 26 – 27, 2018
Among many communities, but especially faith communities, perhaps no other topic provokes such heated debate as sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Join us for this two-day workshop as we engage in healthy and honest discussions around spirituality and sexuality, with the goal of enhancing the capacity of participants (spiritual directors, laypersons, and/or clergy of any denomination or none) to discuss issues of faith and sexuality. We will not attempt to convince one another to adopt any view but rather offer a safe and sacred space to share knowledge, and to engage in open and honest dialogue. Tools will be provided for participants to engage in healthy discussion around sex, sexuality, and spirituality.
May 8 – 10, 2018
The Beecken Center is proud to partner with the Interim Ministry Network (IMN) to host this three-day course, Fundamentals of Transitional Ministry: the Work of the Leader. The role of the interim leader is presented and discussed along with tools and resources that facilitate transitional leadership. The course is presented by the Rev. Dr. Molly Dale Smith, an Episcopal priest with nearly twenty years' experience in transitional ministry, and introduces foundational theories that are key to interim ministry. Class hours are devoted to providing opportunities for experiential learning through the use of case studies and sacred story.
May 17 – 18, 2018
This two-day workshop designed for clergy and lay ministers will explore in depth Rabbi Edwin Friedman’s approach to family process, and how its wise employment as a pastoral and spiritual tool can enhance leadership and effectiveness in a congregational setting. This will be a collaborative experience, utilizing didactics, audio-visual resources, and plenary and small group discussion and presentations.