RE Week Adult Workshops
**Below are 5 Tracks-please pick one when registering for this conference. Some include material fees that you will pay the instructor of the workshop directly.**
Worship Renaissance Module with Gail Forsyth-Vail and Cindy Beal
Worship is the central activity of congregational life. Through worship we gather together to respond not only to the needs of the individual but also to the community. It is a sacred time and when done we’ll sends us forth to be and act on our best selves.
Worship opportunities abound: adult worship, religious education classes, children’s chapel, youth circles, rites of passage, and multigenerational services, to name a few. Religious educators, then, have both a place and a stake in the worship life of a congregation. There is a $20 surcharge fee for this workshop.
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From "Youth Group" to "Youth Ministry" with Fahs Fellow Roberta Altamari
Be among the first to join Roberta Altamari after her year of research as a Fahs Fellow and her GA 2016 presentation about Youth Ministry. Researchers for most of the past century have been writing about the finding that youth groups only serve "some" of our teens. How do we move from the one-program-is-supposed-to-interest-all "youth group" model to a "youth ministry" model that truly meets the unique individual needs of our teens? In addition to opportunities for youth to bond with their peers in their home congregation, what other programs can we offer to sincerely engage and interest teens? From individualized spiritual coaching and leadership development to access to meaningful social justice work and multigenerational connections, the programs we can offer teens are many. How do we equip volunteer and professional staff with tools to easily move beyond youth groups to youth ministries? How do small congregations with limited resources successfully create youth ministries?
The Practice Lab at Ferry Beach with Danielle Seem & Thea Shapiro
How do we create and cultivate meaningful personal practices? Throughout the week we will use yoga, meditation, collage, painting, language and chicken wire to examine what we need to intentionally support the inner and outer layers of ourselves. Thea and Danielle will facilitate group and individual practices to create joyful community, support exploration and make the inquiry "What do I really need?" There will be a $20 materials fee for this workshop.
Sacred Seeing: Photography as a Spiritual Practice
with Kate Sullivan and Lynn Medley
May the eyes of your heart be enlightened. --Ephesians 1:18. Join us as we explore the process of taking a photograph as a way to slow down, to notice things we often miss, and to see deeply with the “Eyes of the heart.” Open yourself to wonder and amazement, to the discovery of the holy all around you, and to using photography as an act of silent worship. Some of the themes we will explore include: the dance of light and shadow, what is hidden what is revealed, ambiguity and mystery, discovering your holy places, seeing the sacred all around us, using a photograph as a window and opening that reveals what is within and beyond. Come and find the divine in the world as we bring our camera to the eye and open ourselves to transformative power of sacred sight. There will be a $15 materials fee for this workshop payable to instructors.
Book your Ferry Beach experience here:
Special Additional Conference at the end of RE Week: (Earn 1 CEU! while helping your congregation become more welcoming!
**Conference fee is waived if you are attending RE Week.
Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community with Alex Kapitan
Churches of all kinds have struggled with multicultural culture-building because providing safe, welcoming and celebratory spaces to people of all sexual orientations, races, classes, abilities and gender identities requires an attentiveness to the complexities of identity that is hard to come by. Power and privilege lead to oppressive systems and behaviors that impact our welcome and our community-building. All of us are part of a culture that, more often than not, values whiteness, maleness, straightness, money and able-bodiedness above all else. As a result, these values are so embedded in our consciousness, we fail to recognize them and, therefore, don’t do the work of unlearning them.
Please join Alex Kapitan for Believing Out Loud: From Wrestling with Privilege and Oppression to Building Beloved Community, a powerful experience on building compassionate connection and meaningful relationships in our faith communities. During this gathering, we will create safe space to get to know one another, work, and worship together. We will explore the subtle and not so subtle ways that we create and live into oppressive systems in communities of faith. We will learn about the significance of intersectionality in our ministries and how to develop anti-oppressive and anti-racist environments that move us beyond inclusion and into celebration of all that makes us who we are.
Alex Kapitan is a transgender and queer faith-based anti-oppression activist, organizer, and educator who helps people of faith practice radical inclusion and also does interfaith work to help queer and trans folk connect to religion and spirituality. Alex worked for the Unitarian Universalist Association's national office for more than five years and is now starting a new ministry involving transformational change work in faith communities. Alex is on the steering committee of TRUUsT, the Unitarian Universalist transgender religious professional organization, serves on the leadership of the spirituality track for the LGBTQ Task Force’s annual Creating Change conference, sings with the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, and plays for United Front, the world's first all/no-gender roller derby team. Alex's writing can be found in anthologies including Falling Into the Sky and Becoming, and at the blog Roots Grow the Tree.
The workshop will begin on Friday afternoon from 3pm to 5:30pm. Friday evening will be free, but an opportunity to watch a movie relevant to our time together will be provided. And the gathering will resume on Saturday from 9am until 3pm (with lunch and a break).
Friday July 15th & Saturday July 16th
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Coordinator: Mandy Neff and Sadie Kahn-Greene
- Adult $38 per day on campus
- Commuter $50 (includes lunch)
- Youth (9-17) $25 per day on campus
- Commuter $37 (includes lunch)
- Child (0-8) $0
- Children registering for this family camp must also have an adult registering for the same camp.