June 12 – 14, 2018
The third national Invite Welcome Connect Summit, held June 12–14 at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN, will be a wonderful opportunity for seasoned practitioners and newcomers to come together in fellowship to learn, share ideas, worship, and further explore this powerful ministry. In addition to plenary talks and presentations, there will be workshops introducing first-timers to Invite Welcome Connect, and workshops for more experienced practitioners who want to go deeper into the theological truths and practicalities of each aspect of this ministry: Invite, Welcome, and Connect.
April 17, 2018
The Tennessee Faith & Justice Summit is an opportunity specifically designed for faith leaders and clergy to come together to help the members of their communities by building roads to justice in faith communities. The summit will include plenary speakers, legal resource training sessions, a panel of faith leaders from across the state who have implemented faith and justice programs at their houses of worship, and breakout discussion groups, all with the goal of helping participants consider how they may implement programming in their congregations.
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.
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.
August 13 – 15, 2018
The Beecken Center—in partnership with the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN)—invites clergy and lay spiritual caregivers of all faiths to take this disaster chaplaincy training at the beautiful Sewanee Inn in Sewanee, Tennessee, August 13–15, 2018. Participants who complete this certification can volunteer in their own diocese or faith community, or with NDIN and its national partners. NDIN can also assist unaffiliated volunteers in finding disaster spiritual care volunteer opportunities in local communities across the United States.
October 4, 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.