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Tuesday, June 13, 2017  1:30-3:00 p.m.

Gangs and Social Enterprises: The Ethics of Kinship by Fr. Gregory Boyle

In 1992, an abandoned warehouse was transformed into Homeboy Bakery, where former enemies bake bread side by side.  Hands that once pointed guns now pressed and shaped dough, learning the mutual respect that comes from shared tasks and challenges.  More social enterprises were added and by 2001, Homeboy Industries was an independent non-profit.  Thousands of young people have since walked through the doors of Homeboy looking for a second chance and finding community, sanctuary, and family.  In a word, kinship.

 

 

Ministry in the Digital Age: How to Communicate Your Message in a Media Driven Culture by Mark Hicks

The nature of church and ministry is now and most likely will always be relational. That is to say, church and ministry is a social activity. Spiritual development may be individual in nature, but ministry is relational. However what we now know as the digital age had disrupted our social activities in profound ways. Therefore the digital age has disrupted how we do church and ministry.

The process that previously began with a visit to the store for shopping or to a Sunday service for community now has a new starting point: an online search for information and an assessment of alternatives. The inquiry that previously led to a private visit with a counselor or with the minister now is framed by information found on the internet. The sense of community and acceptance that previously was got in the coffee line is now shaped by the chat on social media.

Your message and the message of your ministry is filtered, framed and shaped by digital media. This seminar will help you understand the impact of digital media on your message and it will help you see how your messaging may be limited by the digital medium. The Parable of the Sower is given as a framework for learning four timeless principles for getting your message out in the digital age. The presentation will have plenty of examples and sufficient time for discussion.

The presenter is the founder of TruthUnity.net, an online ministry where over 800 people come each day for the study and practice of classic Unity teachings. He has over 20 years experience bridging ministry, community organizing, technology and publishing. More informtion about this presentation is at www.truthunity.net/ministry-in-the-ditigal-age.

 

Through the Valley: Clergy Self-Care Through and After Trauma by Rev. Therese Lee and Rev. Ogun Holder

We ministers sometime forget that we're ordinary people too. When we encounter traumatic experiences such as death of a loved one, or a life-threatening illness, we're faced with the task of taking care of ourselves while leading our spiritual communities. This seminar highlights the challenges associated with personal healing and recovery while leading, as well as provides healthy self-care practices to support our ministerial journey.


 

 

 

Using the Connection Practice to Uplift Your Ministry by Rev. Rita Marie Johnson

As minister at Unity of San Jose, I’m finding innovative ways to use the Connection Practice and the results have been so heartening.   For example, we used it to create new vision, mission and inclusion statements.  Rather than being the difficult process of wordsmithing that many of our members had experienced in the past,  we were able to get the board and congregants engaged in an enjoyable activity over three weeks that resulted in consensus and an amazing outcome.  

We are also using the Connection Practice on Sunday mornings – our members use feelings and needs lists on clipboards prior to the meditation so that they are able to get the charge off their needs and then are often able to get immediate answers to their prayers.

I use the Connection Practice in Unity Basics as I talk about Myrtle’s healing process.  Myrtle used denials and affirmations for the first part of her healing, like the good metaphysician that she was. However that approach did not complete her healing.  In her own words in “How To Let God Help You”, she describes the mystical side of her that listened to the still, small voice and heard the words that taught her to stop suppressing her feelings.  Then her healing was complete.

I’m sharing the neuroscience of the heart/brain connection regularly with my congregation too so that they have greater self-understanding and mastery of their inner lives.

As  a way to serve the greater community, Unity of San Jose is partnering with the Rasur Foundation to offer the secular brand of the Connection Practice at our facility.  In this way, we can help educate teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, etc. in this practice that prevents bullying and resolves conflicts peacefully.  Our trained facilitators volunteer their time for these courses and we consider this sacred service.

The Connection Practice is used in counseling and with any tensions or conflicts that arise.  

We are building a coherent, harmonious, creative energy field at Unity of San Jose as we use a practical skill that everyone can understand and apply immediately, powerfully and consistently.
 

Noetic Balancing: Transformation Through Living Love by Dr. Robert Waterman


Noetic Balancing developed from the teaching of Phineaus P. Quimby, father of New Thought. Through a process of spiritual presence and rapport, the practitioner works directly with the false beliefs that shape the energy field around the body and the spiritual alignment and balance within the field. Through self-forgiveness, those beliefs are resolved, allowing, as was Quimby’s way, the inner Christ to restore health, balance, center and alignment. We view the Christ as the living love that is the unifying intelligence and “God’s will” as the living imperative that Love will have its way. The presentation will present the theory and practice of noetic balancing, its origins in new thought and its relevance to Unity Teachings and the Unity Forgiveness Balancing at the Unity Church in Albuquerque. We will explore applications for practitioners, individuals, group and the focus of the conference: Unity Wide Open…Freed by Truth, Moving With Spirit.

Robert Waterman, EdD, began working with Noetic Balancing in 1968, teaches spiritual classes and practitioners in the United States and Switzerland, is founder and president emeritus of Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM (an accredited spiritually oriented graduate school for counselors and art therapist), is a licensed Mental Health Counseling in New Mexico, and wrote Eyes Made of Soul, The Theory and Practice of Noetic Balancing. www.livinginthepresence.net
 

Connecting via Social Media Level I: Novice by Rev. Jacquie Lenati

This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and savvy user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management.

Level I is designed for the social media novice and will begin with basic instruction. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia

Level I: This workshop will support someone who has just created a Facebook or Twitter account with limited or no activity. Instructions will cover the following: Privacy Settings, Facebook and Twitter vocabulary (hash what?; page vs profile; RT), Connecting: Friend, Follow, Post.
 

 

 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 1:30-3:00 p.m.

Sea Change in Ministry by Rev. Cynthia Vermillion Foster and Rev. Toni Boehm


Sea change is a term that is often used today to describe a cultural metamorphosis or transformation.  We are living through multiple sea changes in today’s world, and those sea changes are having a significant impact on ministry.  All denominations are experiencing decline, and finding that their membership is graying.  And in the midst of this shift, anxiety is rising as ministers and ministries grapple with these changes.  Too often the result is tension and conflict, as individuals try to hang on to what was, or seek to place blame on someone for what is happening.
 
What would happen if we embraced this sea change together?  If we used our discomfort to find ways to engage new possibilities?  If we engaged creatively with one another to find new more expansive ways to be with one another and to fulfill our mission to advance the movement of shared spiritual awakening?  
 
This sea change provides an incredible opportunity for Unity leaders and ministries to embody our principles and be a part of transforming our world.  This seminar explores the shifts that are occurring in ministry and how we might more collaboratively and interdependently work with these shifts.  Come think out of box with us, and let’s forge a new path forward together.

Innovations in Technology by Rev. Kristen Grandon and Allyson James

In November of 2016, Apple announced that they were allowing non-profits the ability to take online donations with Apple Pay.  For the first time individuals could actually make donations on websites with their fingerprint.  This is just a sample of the amazing changes that continue to happen in technology.  You might not believe the donating with a fingerprint is something your congregation is prepared to do - yet - but ... it won't be long.

What about an App?  Not a mobile website - but an actual App that can be downloaded from the App Store of Google Play.  We will take a look at a Unity App that is in circulation and how that can allow a Ministry to engage followers in a very unique way.  Push Notifications, ease of use and continual communication at their fingertips allows a congregant to have a very engaged experience with their ministry.

In addition, we will look at texting, social media and Apple TV.  We will also discuss pros and cons of paid services such as Google Ad Words and evaluate how all of the digital tool at our disposal can best work for each ministry.

Retirement and You (Are you ready?) by Rev. Bruce Verkruyse

Empower Retirement and UWM will take you through the primary best practices for retirement planning. How to enroll in the plan. Who is eligible for the plan? How does the plan directly impact a minister in retirement? How to withdrawal funds from the plan tax free if you are minister. How can my ministry participate? Bring your questions and they will be answered.
 

 

 

 

Unique Expressions by Rev. Deborah Frownfelter

Regardless of denomination, the Church in the western world is facing startling challenges, the likes of which have not been felt in several hundred years. Externally, radical changes such as new technology, globalization and new organizational structures have outpaced the assumptions and traditions under which most established churches operate. Internally, the structures that offered so much stability are aging, too.

So here is the sobering news:  you can start an innovative worship service, hire an eloquent minister and renovate your building…and most people still aren’t going to come. They simply don’t see that church has any value for them.
This doesn’t make church obsolete. On the contrary, it means that you can help leverage the strengths of your church to start something new, something that will fit naturally into the community just beyond your church walls.
Unique Expressions is not about supplanting the church you call “home.”  It is about a new form of ministry that can come alongside your congregation.  Unique Expressions is about a creative, simpler, probably smaller group.  A Unique Expression is a form of ministry for our changing culture established for the benefit of people who are not members of any church and not likely to come to church.

A Unique Expression of ministry begins with service and listening. It begins with nothing more complicated than loving people and wanting to embody the principles that Jesus taught. From that grow opportunities to invest in people’s lives, ways to serve them, conversations about things that matter and, after time, gatherings that emerge as a form of sacred time, learning, worship.

Come learn more about Unique Expressions of ministry, what is working in the U.S. and beyond and steps you might begin to take in this new direction. This seminar is geared toward Ministers, Spiritual Leaders, Licensed Unity Teachers and Lay Leaders.

Connecting via Social Media Level II: Experienced by Rev. Jacquie Lenat 

This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and expert user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management.

Level II is designed for those experienced in social media- perhaps you have been tweeting and posting on Facebook and are comfortable with the jargon but want to streamline your social media experience. Enhance your social media experience and take connection to the next level. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia

Level II: This workshop will support those with some experience using social media and will cover: Advanced profile settings and management; Common Account Problems and Limitations; FB pages; Twitter lists; Photo management; Advanced Location & Identification (Tagging, Checking in, @, #).

 

12 Global Challenges: Finding Our Success in Turbulent Times by Shariff Abdullah

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Shariff Abdullah presents a compelling case of why we should change our society, and a clear pathway in which to do so.

Shariff Abdullah, J.D., is a consultant, speaker, author and advocate for societal transformation.  His life vision and mission are simple:  we can create a world that works for all beings.  Shariff believes we must release the status quo and transform our dysfunctional political, economic and social/cultural systems and structures.  He promotes heart-felt inclusivity, compassionate dialog, and a society based on visionary, localized and alternative economics and politics. Shariff’s work is practical, visionary, and also infused with a spiritual aspect that inspires participants to dig deep and aim high.
 

Thursday, June 15, 2017 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Sea Change in Ministry by Rev. Cynthia Vermillion Foster and Rev. Toni Boehm  (Repeat of earlier seminar)


Sea change is a term that is often used today to describe a cultural metamorphosis or transformation.  We are living through multiple sea changes in today’s world, and those sea changes are having a significant impact on ministry.  All denominations are experiencing decline, and finding that their membership is graying.  And in the midst of this shift, anxiety is rising as ministers and ministries grapple with these changes.  Too often the result is tension and conflict, as individuals try to hang on to what was, or seek to place blame on someone for what is happening.
 
What would happen if we embraced this sea change together?  If we used our discomfort to find ways to engage new possibilities?  If we engaged creatively with one another to find new more expansive ways to be with one another and to fulfill our mission to advance the movement of shared spiritual awakening?  
 
This sea change provides an incredible opportunity for Unity leaders and ministries to embody our principles and be a part of transforming our world.  This seminar explores the shifts that are occurring in ministry and how we might more collaboratively and interdependently work with these shifts.  Come think out of box with us, and let’s forge a new path forward together.

Website Best Practices by Rev. Kristen Grandon and Allyson James

Many of the over 160 Unity ministries using OneEach Technologies as their website vendor will be attending this convention.  This seminar has been developed specifically with them in mind.

Find out how one Unity ministry saw an over 500% increase in online donations in one year when they switched to the OneEach platform (increasing from $40,000 online to over $200,00 in online contributions).  We will take a close look at online transactions and how to have your website help you bring more revenue to your ministry.

This is just one of many best practices that will be reviewed during the seminar.

In addition, we will log into the back-end of the website tool and will provide suggestions to make editing your website easy and routine.

Seminar attendees will be invited to submit questions in advance to allow the presenters to address the most pressing website questions for current OneEach Unity ministry customers.

Contract Negotiations for Ministers and Ministries by Rev. Bruce Verkruyse

(This workshop is for Board members and Ministries. Its purpose is to assist both membership classes of UWM to key topics in a ministries contract.) How does one enter into a contract negotiation? How does one create a win/win for the minister and the ministry? How is health care addressed now that the Affordable Care Act is in place? What is manse and how does it get approved. What is the role of the ministry for manse? What is the minister’s role? Where do I find compensation information? What is a reimbursable expense? What is not? Who pays the ministers taxes? These questions and more will be answered in this informative seminar that you won't want to miss.

 

 

 

Unique Expressions by Rev. Deborah Frownfelter (Repeat of earlier seminar)

Regardless of denomination, the Church in the western world is facing startling challenges, the likes of which have not been felt in several hundred years. Externally, radical changes such as new technology, globalization and new organizational structures have outpaced the assumptions and traditions under which most established churches operate. Internally, the structures that offered so much stability are aging, too.

So here is the sobering news:  you can start an innovative worship service, hire an eloquent minister and renovate your building…and most people still aren’t going to come. They simply don’t see that church has any value for them.
This doesn’t make church obsolete. On the contrary, it means that you can help leverage the strengths of your church to start something new, something that will fit naturally into the community just beyond your church walls.
Unique Expressions is not about supplanting the church you call “home.”  It is about a new form of ministry that can come alongside your congregation.  Unique Expressions is about a creative, simpler, probably smaller group.  A Unique Expression is a form of ministry for our changing culture established for the benefit of people who are not members of any church and not likely to come to church.

A Unique Expression of ministry begins with service and listening. It begins with nothing more complicated than loving people and wanting to embody the principles that Jesus taught. From that grow opportunities to invest in people’s lives, ways to serve them, conversations about things that matter and, after time, gatherings that emerge as a form of sacred time, learning, worship.

Come learn more about Unique Expressions of ministry, what is working in the U.S. and beyond and steps you might begin to take in this new direction. This seminar is geared toward Ministers, Spiritual Leaders, Licensed Unity Teachers and Lay Leaders.

Awakening the Heart of Your Church by Rev David McArthur


Our strongest connection with Spirit is through our hearts. Does your church know how to awaken their hearts and connect more deeply with the transformative energy of Spirit?

This seminar will give you scientifically-validated, spiritually-powered techniques to connect with your heart to bring spirit’s power and wisdom into your life. It will also explore ways in which you can consciously and intentionally impact your spiritual community with this knowledge. We will explore techniques to awaken your church’s heart connection on Sunday, in your classes and in your decision-making processes.

This seminar is based on the HeartMath® Institute’s ground breaking research combined with the understanding of the spiritual connection that takes place through our hearts. These simple techniques connect you as a church leader with spirit’s power and guidance, and they help you connect your people with Spirit through their hearts.

BIO
Rev. David McArthur has been a Unity minister for over thirty-five years. He served for seven years with the HeartMath Institute as a Director of their Religions Division and as a major presenter. He has keynoted Unity’s convention and trained hundreds of Unity ministers in the HeartMath techniques plus ministerial students and Silent Unity workers. He is committed to helping churches as well as their leaders deepen their spiritual connection through their hearts.
 

 

Connecting via Social Media Level III: Savvy by Rev. Jacquie Lenati

This three part seminar is a hands-on social media intensive designed in three parts for the novice, experienced, and expert user. Jump in at the level that suits you or take all three seminars. Participants will learn how to use Facebook, Twitter, and supporting apps for social media delivery and management.

Level III is designed for the savvy social media user- perhaps you manage a few FB pages, comfortably push your posts across multiple social media platforms (or at least know what that means) and now you are looking to mainstream your multiple accounts and take your content to the next level. Participants are required to have a laptop, tablet, or mobile device with either a Facebook or Twitter app and account and be logged in at the beginning of the session. Embrace yourself as a spiritual being having a digital experience and learn how to connect and communicate effectively in digital spaces to build real life relationships. #UnityWorldwideMedia

Level III: : This workshop will support skilled social media users and cover topics including: scheduling posts, handling crisis, formatting photos for maximum viewing, multiple page/account/platform administration, third party apps designed to streamline multiple platforms, savvy content for the savvy admin.