Spiritual Art Journaling
For creative people of all faiths and all artistic experience levels
Angie Pierce Jennings6-week session: Mondays at 12:30 – 1:30 pm CentralSeptember 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23 OnlineCost: $30 for students enrolled in MAR, MDiv, or DMin at Meadville Lombard$125 for clergy and other professionals
Registration is closed.
Creative people of all faiths and all artistic experience levels are invited to come together in beloved community to learn and practice the joy of Spiritual Art Journaling. We will use a variety of art techniques (including painting, drawing, photography, and collage) to create meaningful personal reflections for spiritual growth, healing, and transformation.
Recommended Art Supplies: colored pencils, fine-tipped markers, set of drawing / sketching pencils, eraser, watercolor and/ or acrylic paints, art notebook of any size (for example, a Mixed Media Pad 5.5 x 8.5 inch or larger), scrapbook glue (for collage work), stencils, crayons, and any other art materials you have on hand.
Optional books/materials for inspiration: Singing the Journey, a Unitarian Universalist Association hymnal; The Garden Awakening: Designs to Nurture Our Land & Ourselves by Mary Reynolds; Eyes of the Heart: Photography as a Christian Contemplative Practice by Christine Valters Paintner; Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person by Dami Lee; The Girl and the Goddess: Stories and Poems of Divine Wisdom by Nikita Gill; a tarot or oracle card deck of any kind; grown-up coloring books with whimsical artwork (such as Selina Fenech) or meditative designs.
Angie Pierce Jennings is a current MDiv student at Meadville Lombard. She holds an M.A. in psychology and has professional experience as a college instructor, a songwriter and recording artist, portrait photographer, and group facilitator. Most recently she worked at an ecospirituality center for five years and led many creative spiritual programs. Angie served on her local arts council for ten years and she loves art, music, and creative writing of all genres. She has been journaling since the age of ten and considers it a life-long and life-enhancing spiritual practice.
For current and future congregational leaders
Ann Y. Verdine-Jones, MBA-HR, ABD5-week session: Thursdays at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Central September 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26OnlineCost: $295
Registration is closed
This series addresses all of the business/human resources aspects of congregational leadership including employee relations & legal implications, talent acquisition, and all other relative HR topics. Teaching a human resource (HR) course to leaders requires a tailored approach, focusing on equipping them with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively manage their teams and handle HR-related tasks. The objectives for this series are:
Ann Verdine-Jones, MBA (ABD) is a Human Resource professional with more than 30 years of experience. While Ann has successfully managed all areas of HR, her recent ventures include consulting with organizations nationally on strategic initiatives, leadership development, cross-sectional team building and employee resource groups, and diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and accessibility. Ann has developed workshops that promote intersectional dialogue and she collaborated as a principal thought leader to chief professionals nationwide. Ann most recently served on the General Assembly Advisory Council (20023) and serves is a trustee on the board of her congregation, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
For chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing or enhancing their skills in responding to individuals in crisis
Rev. Julie TaylorWednesday to Friday, September 27 – 29, 2023, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Central Online Cost: $450
Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the integration of psychological crisis intervention with pastoral perspectives and resources. This newly revised course (previously known as Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II) is designed to train participants in the use of psychological trauma and intervention techniques. This program does not provide instruction on spirituality or theology. Additionally, more specific advanced concepts and current field applications where pastoral crisis intervention will be covered.
Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith- based resources in healing or enhancing their skills in responding to individuals in crisis should find this course of interest.
Since 2001, Rev. Julie Taylor has been a Unitarian Universalist minister specializing in pastoral & spiritual care, critical incident response, and community ministry. Julie is a sought-after speaker, teacher, and author, and is on the national faculty of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as well as Senior Director of Contextual Ministry and affiliate professor at Meadville Lombard. In service to the community, Rev. Julie is a chaplain (Capt) with the New York Air National Guard and is a responder with the UU Trauma Response Ministry.
For researchers, clergy, and students
Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk, Dr. John Dechant, and Sarah LevineOctober 13 – 15, 2023In-person at Meadville Lombard Theological School, Chicago, IL Cost:Free for students enrolled in MAR, MDiv, or DMin at Meadville Lombard$75 for external researchers and clergy
Join us for an exciting weekend workshop immersed in Meadville Lombard’s archives and special collections, including the UUA congregational files. Explore the rich history and hidden stories of the Unitarians, Universalists, and Unitarian Universalists.
During this unique experience, you will learn about Meadville Lombard’s archives and special collections and an introduction to archival research methods. Participants will also have the time to work on their research. Mini-workshops and presentations will be offered throughout the weekend by Meadville Lombard’s historian and librarians. Individual time with staff will also be available. Already a seasoned researcher? Come for the weekend hours and to build community with other researchers. Learn what Meadville Lombard’s collections have to offer.
Dr. Nicole C. Kirk is the Frank and Alice Shulman Chair of UU History at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Before joining the faculty at Meadville Lombard, Nicole was a UU parish minister. She is the author of Wanamaker’s Temple: The Business of Religion in an Iconic Department Store. Her current research focuses on mobile communities and their religious practices.
Sarah Levine is the Assistant Director of Library and Archives at Meadville Lombard Theological School. Prior to joining MLTS, Sarah has done work at libraries and archives in Chicago, including the Webster Institute for the History of Astronomy at the Adler Planetarium, the Gerber/Hart Library and Archives, the Chicago History Museum, and the American Theological Library Association. Her professional interest is in social justice in the archives and she is delighted to be able to pursue that passion at Meadville Lombard.
Dr. John Dechant is the Director of Library and Archives at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He holds a Master of Library and Information Sciences degree from Indiana University at Purdue-Indianapolis and a PhD from Indiana University-Bloomington in Near Eastern Studies. He joined the staff in the summer of 2023.
Rev. Tandi Rogers and Rev. Jake MorrillIn-person at Seabeck Conference Center in the beautiful Pacific NorthwestOctober 17 – 20, 2023
The fee includes four days immersed in woods and mountains, lodging, meals, workshops, coaching, spiritual direction, and transportation from/to Seatac Airport.
Are you …
…getting ready for sabbatical and want a launch pad? Or wanting to make sense of sabbatical and get an integration plan?
…incredibly burned out and in need of a blanket fort to rest and remember?
…working on some new ideas and need time and support to just finish writing?
…fantasizing about reading your study-leave stack on a porch where ideas are popping and the snacks are provided?
Join Jake Morrill and Tandi Rogers at Seabeck, nestled in the Olympic Mountains on the Hood Canal.
Jake Morrill is the founder and lead coach of Generation to Generation, a leadership and consulting firm that aids clergy and non-profit leaders to unlock patterns and move toward ease and alignment. He is on the faculty of the Bowen Center for the Study of Family and the Bowen Theory Education Center. He maintains his license in Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Tennessee and previously led the Unitarian Universality Church of Oak Ridge (Tennessee) for 19 years.
Rev. Tandi Rogers directs the Spiritual Direction Program at Meadville Lombard. She is known for her creative reframing, sparky questions, and love for collaboration. She has served the Unitarian Universalist Association in various roles since 2002, most recently concluding three years as Learning Strategist and four years as Congregational Life staff.
For all seeking spiritual sustenance
Rev. Kierstin Allen, Dr. Mark Hicks, Dr. Kate Lassiter, Rev. Tandi RogersFriday, December 15, 2023, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CentralOnlineCost:Free for students enrolled in MAR, MDiv, or DMin at Meadville Lombard$125 for clergy and other professionals
Last day to register: Friday, December 8, 2023
As the days dim in the Northern Hemisphere, the LIGHT staff invites you to participate in time out of time and to receive spiritual sustenance. Please bring a journal, your favorite poem, and wear comfortable clothes. Our time will open with a tea ceremony and include a guided breath and visualization practice to come home to yourself, small group sharing and discussion, and personal spiritual journaling. Our retreat will conclude with an optional hour-long gentle yoga practice or group spiritual direction.