Workshops
Please write down the workshops that you would like to attend and
sign up for them at the same website where you register.

 
PRE-EVENT BOUNDARY TRAINING: Thursday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
HEALTHY MINISTRY RELATIONSHIPS – with Tracey Dawson and team.
A trio of "pilot projects" are being developed by the Rocky Mountain Conference UCC to redesign boundaries training. Rev. Tracey Dawson is coordinating this endeavor. Sessions will include basic definitions and principles, followed by case studies and conversation. Leaders will solicit suggestions and new ideas to help the committee to fine tune these modules. The modules are:
  1. Active Clergy in a Variety of Settings
  2. Retired Clergy in Congregations
  3. Lay Leaders in Congregations
Registrations will be through the Congregations Alive! 4 process and are included with those fees. If you register only for the Healthy Ministry Relationships sessions, a one-day fee will be charged which will also include a workshop in the Thursday afternoon workshop session 1 if you so choose. Authorized Ministers will receive renewal credit for attending any one of these 3 choices. Lay attendees can choose ony one of the three. Pick any one. Members in Discernment are welcome to attend, but this will NOT replace their primary requirement for participation in the Sacred Trust basic training course.

Rev. Tracey Dawson is the pastor of the Parker-Hilltop UCC and has conducted Boundary Training in our Conference for many years. Recognizing the need for updated material, Tracey and her team have developed these new modules. Tracey will be assisted by Judy Baillie, Karen Caton, Matt Huntington, Wendy Kidd, Derek Krehbiel, Pedro Silva, Al Thompson and Sara Weatherman.
 

WORKSHOP SESSION ONE: Thursday 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
1–1 MENDING COLORADO'S MENTAL HEALTH – with Andrew Romanoff.
A discussion surrounding the nature and prevalence of mental illness, the benefits of early intervention, and the consequences of inaction.
Andrew Romanoff is President and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, the state's leading advocate for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health and substance use disorders. Prior to that he served in the Colorado House of Representatives from 2001 to 2009 and as Speaker of the House from 2005 to 2009.
 
1–2 FULL CLERGY & LAITY TOGETHER AS LEADERS FOR FAITH IN ACTION – with Rev. Dr. Nadyne Guzman.
This interactive workshop will provide information about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and how it can strengthen communication among clergy and laity in their work together while expanding their effectiveness as faith leaders. The presenter will focus on six of the EQ traits as featured in the recently-released book: Emotional Intelligence for Religious Leaders. Participants will leave with a plan for focus on fostering their own EQ.
Rev. Dr. Nadyne Guzman is an ordained minister in the UCC whose ministry includes chaplaincy at Sky Medical Center and Swedish Medical Center in the Denver Area. She also serves as a leadership consultant and coach.
 
1–3 ADDRESSING FOOD INJUSTICE: INVOLVING YOUR CHURCH IN FOOD PRODUCTION – with Rev. Dr. Peter Terpenning.
This workshop will provide a time to discuss churches and their involvement with Community Gardens and growing food for donation to food pantries, including its benefits to local churches and Food Injustices.
Rev. Dr. Pete Terpenning is a retired UCC minister with a lifelong passion for gardening who has helped start a nonprofit addressing food injustice in Boulder County. Through growing produce for food pantries. He has a blog on Ecospirituality at peterterpenning.org (Pete and Laura live in a certified "Green House". Ask them about it.)
 
1–4 CONSENT AND COVENANT – with Dr. Eva Gebel and Rev. Selena Wright.
We will define "consent" through the model of OWL and look at the ways in which consent impacts the life of the church. Small group discussions will guide us deeper into conversations of "consent" its relationship to covenant and the ways they both exist within our encounters in relationship with others, with the earth, with food, with God and with society.
Dr. Eva Gebel is an audiologist who is passionate about church and consent.
Rev. Selena Wright is the pastor of the Kirk of Bonnie Brae, Denver.
 
1–5 LET'S TALK! HOW FAITH COMMUNITIES CAN GET INVOLVED IN SUICIDE PREVENTION – with Carolyn Swenson.
Suicide rates continue to increase in the United States and faith communities can play a leading role in prevention. This workshop will include an overview of suicide, underlying factors that increase a person's risk, and approaches to prevention including Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training. QPR is like CPR but for a mental health crisis. Participants will learn how they can sponsor QPR training for their communities.
Carolyn Swenson is a nurse practitioner, public health professional and certified QPR suicide prevention trainer. She works on substance abuse and suicide prevention, and teaches health professionals around the state how to help patients change health behaviors by showing genuine empathy.
 

WORKSHOP SESSION TWO: Friday 11:15 am – 12:30 pm
2–1 WELCOMING THE STRANGER: GETTING YOUR CONGREGATION INVOLVED WITH IMMIGRATION AND SANCTUARY – with Dr. Laura Terpenning
An interactive workshop about immigration, Sanctuary and how to find the right way to get your church involved. Topics will include a brief history of immigration, available resources and other pertinent topics. This will end with a video that was produced at Community UCC about the family Sanctuary in Boulder.
Dr. Laura Terpenning is a retired pediatrician who has pursued her passion for child and family health through working with a family in Sanctuary in Boulder. She is Chair of the Social Action Commission at Community UCC and helped lead the process for Community to become a supporting member of the Denver Metro Sanctuary Coalition. She also serves on the Sanctuary New Committee at the UU Church in Boulder.
 
2–2 WORLD CLIMATE: A U.N. CLIMATE NEGOTIATIONS SIMULATION – with Paul Kriescher and Ann Karlberg.
World Climate is an exciting role-playing exercise that is modeled after the actual UN Climate Negotiations. Participants explore the science and geopolitics of international agreements on climate change by assuming the roles of climate negotiators from various countries or regions of the world. The exercise is framed by current climate change science, using the interactive C-Roads computer simulation which allows a participant to find out how their proposed policies impact the global climate system in real-time. By participating in this compelling exercise, you will gain insights into the causes of climate change and see the possibility of success in addressing the climate challenge.
Paul Kriescher is Principal of Lightly Treading, Inc., an energy-efficiency/sustainability engineering consulting that has been providing energy audits, local calculations, building performance testing and modeling since 1997. His goal is to help home and building owners how to tread more lightly via their building's operations and resulting carbon pollution, etc. as it impacts on the natural world. He currently serves on the Kirk of Bonnie Brae's Green Justice Team.
Ann Karlberg is a retired social worker who has attended the Kirk of Bonnie Brae UCC since she was a child. She currently serves on the Kirk's Green Team and is a passionate environmentalist who has done her part to limit global warming by selling her car and using her bike for transportation.
 
2–3 FULL A WORLD FULL OF NEIGHBORS: USING LIVING ROOM CONVERSATIONS TO BRIDGE DIVIDES – with Rev. Pedro S. Silva II and Mary Gaylord.
This workshop will focus on how to set up a Living Room Conversation (LRC). Living Room Conversations are a conversational bridge across issues that divide and separate us. They provide an easy structure for engaging in friendly yet meaningful conversation with those with whom we may not agree.
Rev. Pedro Silva is an ordained UCC minister, currently serving 1st Congregational UCC in Boulder. His work and passion for transformative dialogues emerges from both his professional and personal experience in engaging people across a wide spectrum of difference. He sums up his perspective like this, "We talked ourselves into separation, so we're going to have to talk ourselves into Unity."
Mary Gaylord is a Program Development Partner with Living Room Conversations, an organization committed to building conversational bridges between people – creating a world in which people who have fundamental differences of opinion and backgrounds learn to work together with respect – and even joy – to realize the vibrant future we all desire.
 
2–4 CONSCIENCE, COMMUNICATION AND CHANGE – with Rev. Sue Artt.
Too often, change agents, politicians, activists, leaders of NGOs, and policy makers unintentionally employ methods that are actually counterproductive to what they are trying to achieve. Not only that, people who are working to make change in themselves, their families, or their clients or patients often feel flummoxed by the resistance they encounter. We'll explore some best practices for increasing our understanding of these dynamics.
Rev. Sue Artt is our Conference Minister and has just returned from her sabbatical leave. Just recently in 2015 Sue served the entire UCC – first as Vice Moderator of the General Synod and in 2017 as the Moderator of the UCC General Synod that gathered in June 2017 in Baltimore. She lives a short way up in the mountains, in amongst the trees – just far enough to have visits from interesting assortments of wild life at her door.
 
2–5 LGBTQ+ AND CHRISTIAN: THE VOICE OF A BISEXUAL THOUGHT LEADER FOR PARENTS AND THE CHURCH – with Isaac Archuleta
The content of the workshop will focus on: 1) a description of the challenges LGBTQ+ members face in religious families and spaces. 2) the way churches and families have successfully addressed these challenges, and 3) the ways in which relational justice is the bedrock for unconditional love.
Isaac Archuleta, MA, LPC is a Co-Executive Director of Q Christian Fellowship – the world's largest LGBTQ+ Christian organization and the founder of the nationally recognized LGBTQ+ counseling practice iAmClinic. Isaac is invited to speak across the nation, has been featured on National Public Radio (NPR) and hosts workshops for clergy and families of the LGBTQ+ community.
 

WORKSHOP SESSION THREE: Friday 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
3–1 HELPING KIDS CONNECT JESUS TO JUSTICE IN REAL LIFE – with Rev. Dr. Ivy Beckwith.
This workshop will explore how children understand the concept justice at different developmental stages. With that understanding we'll look at how to connect our Jesus stories found in our curricula to issues of justice.
Rev. Dr. Ivy Beckwith is a well-known writer and speaker in the area of childhood spiritual and faith formation. She has served the local church in Children's Ministry and worked in curriculum publishing writing several books on the topic. Ivy lives outside of Cleveland, OH with her Cairn Terrier, Lola and her cat, Maris.
 
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JUST THE WORD: CREATIVE WRITING THAT INVIGORATES JUSTICE AND FAITH – with Rev. Elizabeth Robinson.
This workshop invites participants to write creatively and empathetically in response to questions of justice and faith. In addition to writing personal narratives, we will explore creative writing and justice in relation to liturgy and community building.
Rev. Elizabeth Robinson is Minister in the Community and Poet in Residence at Community UCC in Boulder. She is a widely published poet, a 2013 finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award. She teaches at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.
 
3–3 GREENING THE CHURCH: PERSPECTIVE AND PRACTICES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL MINISTRY – with Rev. Peter Sawtell.
In this time of global ecological crisis, churches need to recycle, change light bulbs... and do so much, much more. We'll explore the theological and ethical perspectives that can shape strong environmental ministries in churches, and present a variety of program options that churches can employ in worship, witness advocacy and conservation.
Rev. Peter Sawtell. is the executive director of Eco-Justice Ministries, and a member of the national UCC's Council on Climate Justice. His work is shaped by the question, "What does it meant to 'be the church' in a world dealing with climate change and other eco-justice crises?"
 
3–4 YOUR ASSETS MEET YOUR MISSION: RESOURCING YOUR CONGREGATION FOR MORE FAITHFUL AND EFFECTIVE MISSION AND MINISTRY – with Rev. Chuck Blaisdell.
Your congregation's mission is its "Why?" But sometimes your resources for ministry don't quite line up with your mission, your "WHY?". This workshop will introduce a process by which you can assess your current mission and assets/resources for this mission. Please bring a copy of your church's mission statement if you have one.
Rev. Chuck Blaisdell Following his retirement last year from full-time congregational ministry, Chuck joined the staff of Church Building and Loan Fund, assisting churches with their mission and ministry needs. He is an ordained Disciples of Christ minister and has served both Disciples and UCC congregations, as well as serving as a Disciples Regional Minister.
 
3–5 BECOMING AND BEING A TRANS–ALLY – with Marcie Mayer
An interactive conversation to help cis-gender folks to be better allies to their Trans friends and neighbors.
Marcie Mayer is a 69 year old Transgender person. She graduated from the US Air Force Academy and spent 30 years on active duty. She had taught Physics as a civilian for 16.5 years and works as "Mark", but lives as Marcie. She attends First Congregational UCC in Colorado Springs. A number of her resources for this workshop draw upon the PFLAG organization.
 

WORKSHOP SESSION FOUR: Saturday 10:45 pm – 12:00 pm
4–1 CREATING A MULTI-FAITH KIDS' CAMP – with Del Hokanson and 4 educator/colleagues from other faiths.
This panel of multi-faith leaders will share a 5 minute video of their third successful camp. They will then provide an open forum with displays of how they collaborated with themes, ideas, projects. They will also discuss how the experiences have impacted them personally and their faith communities.
Ms. Del Hokanson Director of Children's and Family Ministry, 1st Congregational UCC, Colorado Springs will bring her colleagues with her.
Nawal Shahril who came to Colorado Springs 4 years ago from Malaysia and is an active member of Islamic Society of Colorado Springs.
Deborah Sarna and Delilah Tefertiller are religious educators from Temple Shalom.
Sister Ayya Dhammadhirs is a Buddhist nun (bhikkhuni) in the Theravada lineage. Her aim is to integrate spiritual teachings with ecological awareness and to build an inclusive community.
 
4–2 USING STORY TO HELP KIDS AND PARENTS UNDERSTAND RACIAL JUSTICE – with Rev. Dr. Ivy Beckwith.
This workshop will explore how stories of all kinds change and expand our thinking about issues facing our world today. We'll explore story resources for both children and adults what deal with racial understanding and justice.
Rev. Dr. Ivy Beckwith is a well-known writer and speaker in the area of childhood spiritual and faith formation. She has served the local church in Children's Ministry and worked in curriculum publishing writing several books on the topic. She lives outside of Cleveland, OH with her Cairn Terrier, Lola and her cat, Maris.
 
4–3 FULL MORAL BEAUTY: LIVING A SOCIAL JUSTICE PRACTICE – with Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rose Spaulding.
This workshop asks participants to reflect on what "moral beauty" as a concept may mean and how to engage it as a practice for social justice and transformation. Understanding social justice as a process, we will address a movement from diversity to inclusion to social justice.
Rev. Dr. Stephanie Rose Spaulding is tenured professor of women's' and ethnic studies at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs. She is also the Senior Pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a lifelong advocate of Social Justice.
 
4–4 REVOLUTIONS VS. RIOTS – with Rev. Amanda Henderson.
We are in a time of upheaval and division. Marginalized communities are experiencing increased threats and policies that diminish their rights and dignity. How are we, as people of faith, to respond? How can we work for political and social change and remain true to our core values? When is a "riot" an effective tool, and how is that different than "revolution"?
Rev. Amanda Henderson is one of our guest Keynoters for this Congregations Alive Event on Justice. She is the Executive Director of The Interfaith Alliance of Colorado – whose goal is to promote justice, religious liberty and interfaith understanding through building relationships in order to educate, advocate, and catalyze social change.
 
4–5 JUSTICE FOR MUSICIANS: COPYRIGHT LAW BASICS AND CHURCH MUSIC – with Dr. Timothy J. Brown, C.M.
This workshop will explore issues of justice for musicians as related to church music. The copyright laws of the United States are designed to protect and foster creativity, yet many congregations violate these laws. Learn what churches can and cannot do with a presentation including information from ASCAP's legal department.
Dr. Timothy J. Brown, C.M. is a Commissioned Minister of Music, holds music degrees from the State of New York, Goddard College and the University of Northern Colorado. His compositions have been performed in eight countries on four continents. He served for five years on the Board of Directors of the UCC Musicians Association, and is a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
 


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